E-learning Course: Ethical Issues in Immigration Law Practice

  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: CLINIC
  • This event takes place online.
  • Source: Immigration Advocates Network > IAN Nonprofit Resource Center
  • Immigration

What do you do when you are representing a husband and wife in a family-based immigration case, but the wife calls to say her husband is abusing her? How do you respond when you suspect that your client may have submitted a fake document with her asylum application? Do you agree to help your client appeal a waiver denial when you've never done an appeal before? Legal advocates routinely encounter situations like these -- and turn to legal ethics rules for guidance. In this three-week e-learning course, you will learn about the sources of legal ethics rules, and to whom they apply. We will examine in detail some of the most important legal ethics rules, including the duty of confidentiality; issues around conflicts of interest among clients; the duty of candor to the tribunal; and the duty of zealous representation. This course is intended for anyone who practices immigration law -- attorneys, accredited representatives; and non-accredited staff. The course instructors are CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber. The course starts on February 7 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes three webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays at 2:00 P.M. EST starting on February 14. Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.

Training Level:
This is an introduction to ethical issues in immigration law practice. Basic familiarity with immigration law vocabulary and the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status is assumed. For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here. Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.


  • $165 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
  • $190 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
  • $290 per person for private attorneys and staff

Register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6m3apose92248a7&llr=rqfkgteab. The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training. Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course. We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form. Space is limited. The deadline for registration is February 4 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.