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COMMUNITY GOT AN ETHICS QUESTION? AILA���S PRACTICE & PROFESSIONALISM CENTER HAS THE ANSWER by Reid F. Trautz A 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 those issues. 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 ABOUT PRACTICE & PROFESSIONALISM Practice Management Tips Pro Bono Opportunities Legal Ethics Consumer Protection 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 . Professionalism Center. FOR MORE ON ETHICS Ethics Honky-Tonk Jam Session (Recording) Purchase > Check Out These Free Member Resources! Using the New Social Media: Ethics Issues (Recording) FREE! > 28 V OICE Ethics in a Brave New World (eBook) FREE! > Navigating the Social Network (.PDF) FREE! >

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