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September-October 2012

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VOICE SPECIAL EDITION T he past three months have been a whirlwind in the next. Department of Homeland Security did its part by announcing the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which gives qualified youth work authorization and a two-year reprieve from deportation, subject to renewal. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services promptly laid down the framework and then issued guidelines and forms. DREAMers continue to stand together and support this new process. Now, it's the lawyers' turn to get to work. Clearly, the rush is on. Aſter years of waiting for a remedy, DREAMers are now seeking immediate action. Your phones are probably ringing more today than in the past five years, adding to the sense of urgency. Nevertheless, resist the urge to cram in appointments attorneys, advocates, nonprofit organizations and, of course, the DREAMers themselves, have been on edge about what to expect immigration realm. Immigration and quickly complete applications. It's OK to not hurry the process. Evaluate each prospective client's case slowly. An immediate answer is not always the right answer. Some cases initially may appear straightforward, but underestimating the complexity of a case can yield serious repercussions. Also, modeling a case aſter similar ones to accelerate the process can also result in irreparable damage. Whether you charge by the hour or offer flat services, you have an hourly rate of pay. Time is money. And while your time might appear to be scarce, slowing down a notch or two can help you become a more effective lawyer. The pressure to complete and submit each application will undoubtedly be conveyed by every impatient applicant. But a slight oversight or a hasty decision can mean the difference between an individual's request for DACA being granted or denied. So take a step back and reassess this new environment—ask questions, attend DACA events, talk to fellow members, and review fee Succeed Professionalism Center How to Play the Waiting Game— And Tips from AILA's Practice & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR PRACTICE Purchase > The Entrepreneurial Lawyer: How to Run a Successful Immigration Practice your state's ethics resources. Most importantly, set your own pace. Furthermore, many of these immigrants are new to the legal process. They don't know what kind of service or results to expect, so it's your job to help set expectations. Stop Notario Fraud! is an AILA-sponsored consumer prot scams and providing comprehensive resources to the attorne up right now, so please help spread the word! Also available 16 VOICE

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