Ofelia Calderon (Fairfax, VA) leads a discussion with fellow AILA members Talia Inlender (Los Angeles, CA) and Sean Lewis (Nashville, TN) on representing mentally ill clients in removal proceedings. The panel focuses on the following topics: recent changes and litigation, including Matter of M-A-M-; identifying if clients have mental health issues and bringing these issues to the attention of the court; communicating with clients; safeguards in removal proceedings; working with mental health professionals; and ethical duties of attorneys. Finally, the speakers address potential issues attorneys face when their mentally ill clients are detained.
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