This new hour-long program uses hypotheticals to analyze ethical issues in the practice of U.S. immigration law with considerations of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Attorneys Lindsay A. Curcio and Randall T. Tesser discuss how to effectively represent your clients while fulfilling your ethical obligations. Topics include entities which may bring disciplinary or complaint actions; disclosing and managing dual representation in family-based and employment-based immigration law; terminating representation; and hot topics to consider in the time of the global pandemic including hearing preparation when in-person meetings are not possible; confidentiality issues when working remotely and traveling; and the importance of a succession plan for your practice.
Be aware of the types of federal, state, and local entities which may bring cases or complaints against attorneys practicing immigration law and the types of responses required
Recognize how to spot issues which may arise during dual representation and examine requirements for disclosure, limited representation, and ending representation
Discuss the ethical preparation of clients for agency interviews and hearings when meeting in-person is limited or not feasible
Review issues and best practices for the safeguarding of client personal identifying information in hard copy documentation and electronic devices
Explore important considerations when developing a succession plan to include immediate help to clients with approaching agency hearings and deadlines
Lindsay A. Curcio has practiced immigration law since 1990. She is a sole practitioner located in Niagara Falls, New York and Brooklyn, New York. Her practice includes employment-based and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as well as waivers, removal defense, asylum, U.S. citizenship issues, and naturalization.
Ms. Curcio taught immigration law as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Molloy College. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a co-author of the first edition of Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies (Lexis/Carolina Academic Press 2013). She was co-director of New York Law School’s Justice Action Center’s Safe Passage Immigration Project from 2007 to 2012.
Ms. Curcio was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Northwestern University, a juris doctor degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, an MBA from Fordham University, an LLM in Transnational Commercial Practice from the Center for International Legal Studies/Lazarski University, and a graduate certificate in healthcare compliance from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randall T. Tesser is an associate attorney at Tesser, Ryan & Rochman. Mr. Tesser obtained a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2017 where he also received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tufts University.
Mr. Tesser has experience in professional responsibility matters, administrative proceedings and appeals, trust and estate planning and administration, business contracts, and mediation.
Mr. Tesser is very active in the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the executive committee of the Dispute Resolution Section, where he is the liaison to the Young Lawyers’ Section and a member of the New Lawyers and Law Students’ Committee and the Ethics Committee. He is also a member of the Young Lawyers’ Section. Mr. Tesser is also a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the New York City Bar Association.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Tesser has played music professionally as a drummer across the country, including at Carnegie Hall.
Lots of material to cover in such limited time. Should consider making this a 1.5 or 2.0 credit class.
Very informative. Thank you!
Great presentation! Very thorough and helpful.