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February 2014

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by Amanda Bahena E very immigration practitioner needs a solid relationship with a few trusted criminal defense attorneys. ese relationships will improve your client representation and give you piece of mind. And the possibility for referrals is invaluable. I have practiced criminal and immigration law and have seen the relationship from both ends. e following tips and reminders have helped me form quality relationships with criminal attorneys. 1) Your client comes first Nothing trumps a strong, personal relationship with your client. Don't leave that relationship to the criminal attorney. Personally vet your client's criminal and immigration history and discuss his goals, even if the criminal attorney has already done so. You will be looking for different information. Also, keep your client informed of all your discussions with the criminal attorney. ere is no such thing as too much client communication. is personal relationship will be key when your client needs to choose between the ideal criminal outcome and the ideal immigration outcome. You need to know your client's priorities and stand up for your client's immigration goals when necessary. Criminal attorneys will respect you for it, even if it means accepting a less than ideal criminal outcome. 2) Know the basics of criminal law Every immigration practitioner needs at least a basic understanding of criminal law and local criminal practice. Attend criminal law seminars, subscribe to a local criminal law listserve, and attend criminal Working with Crim Defense Attorneys CONTINUED on pg.2 >> u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Adjustment of Status Under VAWA 3 Enter the EB-5 Dragon 5 Ethics Guide 6 www.aila.org/nmd 1 YOUR NEW MEMBER RESOURCES: InfoNet NMD Page Mentor Directory ! ? Message Center Newsletter Archive NMD Listserve New Member Events New Members Division E-News February 2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org A I L A A N N UA L C O N F E R E N C E Join us in Boston on June 18–21 for the largest gathering of the immigration law community each year! Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot! Register >

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