by Roland Robert Lenard
mmigration aorneys routinely advise and represent
dual representation (DR) clients, such as a husband
and wife, or an employer and employee. e DR clients
share a common objective unique to immigration law.
Accordingly, it would be impractical—and expensive—to
have each co-client represented by separate counsel. In
turn, the "pro bono" aorney with DR clients is expected to
remain loyal to and share conﬁdences with multiple clients.
If a conﬂict of interest occurs at any time, and it cannot
be resolved by the aorney, the aorney will be permied
to withdraw from representing all DR clients according to
state professional responsibility rules. ese limitations on
representation must be verbally explained to the DR clients
in advance and then memorialized in writing to document
Many commentators in the immigration law bar have
extensively wrien on the ethics of continued representation
for one or all DR clients when a conﬂict cannot be resolved.
e various models commonly utilized, and their merits
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