Ethical Issues for Immigration Lawyers (.PDF)

Ethical Issues for Immigration Lawyers (.PDF)

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Ethical Issues for Immigration Lawyers (.PDF)

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Historically, the practice of immigration law has involved unique issues of ethical conduct. The increasingly complex practice of immigration law in the 21st century promises to continue to challenge the immigration lawyer’s ability to understand and abide by different codes of professional discipline that may apply in a given situation.


Get free practice tips and guidance on ethical practice issues with “Ethical Issues for Immigration Lawyers,” by updated by Hamel Vyas.

Among the issues discussed:

  • Sources of Ethics Rules
  • Penalties for Noncompliance
  • Client Communication
  • Establishing the Attorney/Client Relationship
  • Dual Representation
  • Document and Presentation Fraud
  • Consultation Fees
  • Common Disciplinary Complaints

Previously published in the 2011–12 Forms & Fundamentals.

11 pages
June 2011

About the Author

Hamel Vyas received a B.A. in political science (with honors) from York University, Toronto, and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Ms. Vyas began her immigration law career in Buffalo in 1997 upon her admission to the New York state bar. She is currently director of international personnel at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is also on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association, served as vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, and served on the AILA Board of Governors during her term as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Ms. Vyas also served as YLD co-chair (2001–02) and has spoken and written on various immigration topics.

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