GOT AN ETHICS
AILA���S PRACTICE &
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by Reid F. Trautz
lthough many state bars offer an
ethics hotline to their members,
most of those lawyers staffing it are unfamiliar with
immigration-specific scenarios in which ethics dilemmas arise. AILA���s Practice and Professionalism
Center offers resources to help members navigate
For example, the Immigration Ethics Resource Library contains links to professional conduct rules in
all U.S. jurisdictions, as well as to those promulgated
by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lawyers
practicing before those agencies are bound by those
rules and the rules of professional conduct in the
state(s) in which they are licensed. In addition, the
library contains links to helpful ethics opinions that
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address common issues. Whenever you have an ethics dilemma, this is the place to start.
There also are excellent articles and podcasts on InfoNet providing general ethical guidance, as well as
guidance on specific immigration situations. AILA���s
Ethics Committee recently published two articles that
are now available: ���Withdrawal of Representation in
Immigration Practice��� and ���When a Client Lies: Balancing Candor and Confidentiality.���
And, of course, the Practice & Professionalism Center provides confidential, free, one-on-one guidance.
Don���t wait until you face a tough ethics dilemma.
Build time into your schedule to educate yourself on
these important issues. However, if you need additional guidance with an ethics dilemma, rest assured
that this free consultation service is available.
Reid F Trautz is the director of AILA���s Practice and
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