Immigration attorneys often struggle with the demands of practicing in a highly complex area of law in which the stakes are extremely high for their clients. Many different agencies are involved, and attorneys must be fluent with the grounds of inadmissibility and removability, their related waivers, potential eligibility for benefits, potential penalties and forms of relief, and countless regulations, statutes, agency manuals, memoranda, and abstract legal concepts and principles that govern every aspect of immigration practice. In this context, attorneys must advocate for clients whose ability to live, work, remain with their families, or to avoid persecution or harm may lie in the hands of the attorney.
Questions this course will attempt to address include:
What are the biggest ethical pitfalls that newer practitioners should be aware of?
How can attorneys manage their practices in a manner that allows them to focus on their cases without worrying about violating the rules of professional responsibility?
What are the specific disciplinary rules and processes pertaining to the practice of immigration that address these issues?
This course, led by attorney Matthew Blaisdell, will provide an overview of the various regulatory schemes governing the conduct of immigration lawyers, apply these rules to basic areas of litigation and practice management, provide a background understanding of the ethical issues at play in these conflicts, and will attempt to provide a framework to assist in managing your risk of discipline.
Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.
He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and non-immigrant visas.
He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).
Good overview of very complex area of law and ethical pitfalls associated with that area.
Nice explanation of a very complicated subject. Thanks ..
Very substantive presentation
Interesting ethics issues.
Very good presentation of complex area.
This was a good one. Practical stuff, for a change. Excellent presentation.
Great practical presentation of how to be a beginning immigration lawyer!
Very good for an ethics presentation. The presenter was compelling.
Well organized presentation.
Remarkable amount of information. One of the only CLE courses I've taken that I wanted to last longer. Excellent.
Very thorough and informative. Well done!
Excellent overview of ethical issues.
Covered alot of ground very thoroughly. Thank you.