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Ethics in the Practice of Immigration Law

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Produced on September 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Earn one and one half hours of ethics credit in this program which will examine ethical scenarios that commonly arise in the practice of U.S. immigration law. Attorneys Lindsay Curcio and Lewis Tesser will explore how to effectively represent your clients while fulfilling your ethical obligations. They will begin by discussing which federal, state, and local entities can bring disciplinary or complaint actions against attorneys practicing immigration law. Other topics to be covered include being candid to the tribunal, requesting withdrawal of representation in Immigration Court, and ethical challenges that arise when providing clients advice regarding developments in the law, preparing clients for immigration hearings, or providing advice to persons in the United States without lawful status.

Curcio and Tesser will also review how to manage issues that arise during dual representation in family-based and employment based cases, including disclosure, limiting the scope of representation, confidentiality and or lack thereof, and continuing or terminating representation if conflicts arise. Lastly, the course will discuss ethical concerns that may arise with pro bono representation of clients in immigration matters, such as limiting the scope of representation, managing expectations, competency, and, whether an offer of pro bono services can be considered attorney advertising.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand which entities can bring disciplinary actions against attorneys practicing immigration law
  2. Manage issues that arise during dual representation in family-based and employment-based cases
  3. Identify best practices when disseminating information about developments in immigration law via social media
  4. Discuss how to ethically withdraw from representation of a client
  5. Review ethical concerns that arise when providing advice to a person who does not have lawful status in the United States

Credit Information

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Lewis Tesser

Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP

Lewis Tesser is a senior partner in the New York law firm of Tesser, Ryan and Rochman, LLP, concentrating his business law practice on professional responsibility and dispute resolution—mediations, arbitrations and trials. In addition to acting as a private mediator, Mr. Tesser also serves as a Mediator for the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, for the New York State Supreme Court and for the American Arbitration Association and as an Arbitrator for FINRA. 

He is the immediate past President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and Founding Director of NYCLA’s Ethics Institute. Lew is the former Chair of the Business Law Committee of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association and the current co-chair of State Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section Ethics Committee. He is an ABA Fellow and the Editor-in-Chief of the treatise, “The New York Rules of Professional Responsibility”, published by Oxford University Press. He is consistently selected to the New York Super Lawyer List.

Prior to private practice, Lew was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army. 

Lew is an Honors graduate from the National Law Center, George Washington University, a Masters graduate from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers.

Lindsay Curcio

Law Office of Lindsay A. Curcio, Esq.

Lindsay A. Curcio has practiced immigration law since 1990. She is a sole practitioner in Brooklyn, New York and Niagara Falls, New York and has taught as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Molloy College. Her practice includes employment-based and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as well as waivers, removal defense, U.S. citizenship issues and naturalization. She is a co-author of Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies (LexisNexis/Carolina Academic Press). She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for International Legal Studies and the National Writers Union. Lindsay has received the Super Lawyers Immigration, Metro New York designation.

She was co-director of New York Law School’s Justice Action Center’s Safe Passage Immigration Project from 2007 to 2012. Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Northwestern University, a juris doctor degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, an MBA (concentration in marketing with international business designation) from Fordham University an LLM in Transnational Commercial Practice at the Center for International Legal Studies/Lazarski University and a graduate certificate in health care compliance from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Lindsay may be reached at lindsay@uneedavisa.com and on Twitter at @lindsayvisa.


kathy w.

good basics.

Anne D.

What an engaging CLE! Loved the dialog and snippets of a Jimmy Stewart movie.

Ben P.

Very good information on the ethics overall.

Arthur A.

outstanding presentation

Kevin M.

These are good, smart, conscientious lawyers.

Kichul K.

A good presentation

Terrel T.

Thank you

John S.

Wonderful job by two who are "professionals."

Alan G.

excellent presenters

Richard C.

Excellent and very interesting program. This program is valuable for any attorney, not just immigration lawyers. It makes you truly think through your relationship with clients, and understand your responsibilities to the clients, yourself, the bar, and the courts. Very well done.

Matilda M.

Very informative!

Alexander H.

Really enjoyed this.

Mickey L.

Great course!

Katherine Z.

A very professional presentation. I was very inspired by both attorneys, who are representative of the dignity of our profession.They were gracious about the clients they represent and were more than willing to share their knowledge with us. Well done.

Gevork A.

excellent discussion.

Ferdinand G. Suba F.

Very informative indeed.

Grace E.

I am glad I purchased the immigration bundle

Erin B.

Really enjoyed the experience listening to the two lecturers ... great information handled sensitively. Fantastic! Please do more with these two!

Jessica W.

Movie clip was a good touch

Susan F.

I liked the movie clip!

Margaret H.

Very well done as a panel of two



Charlie N.

Very Good!

Laura V.

Excellent and knowledgeable presenters - very good CLE program

Dennis B.

interesting presentation and found it very useful.

Kenneth T G.

Excellent presentation. Praactical and inspiring.

Joe P.

very good

Carol G.

very interesting. I enjoyed the presenters' personalities as well.

Mark H.

very informative

Silvia G.

The session was very useful and the topics very pertinent to our practice and conflicts of interest we encounter in our daily immigration practices. The discussion inspires you to be a better lawyer and implement even better practices in your firm. Thank You!

Gerald C.

good course. I will follow up with mr tesser

Todd L.


Stacy A.

Great presentation, thank you.

Sherry G.

I️t would be helpful to have the material specify the ethics rules by the states where credit is received. The presenters was interesting and informative.

Georgian P.

Great program! Lewis Tesser and Lindsay Curcio were excellent! Professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. Very interesting and informative! Enjoyed the topic and their presentation.

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