Immigration Ethics Roundtable
Date: Nov 14, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Member Price: $152
Non-Member Price: $190
Section Price: $143
Areas of Law: Immigration
Earn up to 3.5 credits, including 3.5 in Ethics! (More Information)
- Alan J. Pollack, Esq.
- Frank & Pollack LLC, Newark
- Carol Johnston, Esq.
- Supreme Court Clerk's Office, TrentonNew Jersey Supreme Court Clerk’s Office in Trenton, New Jersey, joined the Administrative Office of the Courts in 2006 and serves as Secretary to the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Attorney Advertising and the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. She also answers the attorney ethics research assistance hotline.
Ms. Johnston formerly served as a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Law, for 15 years. She was Ethics Officer for the Department of Law and Public Safety and a member of the Prosecutor’s Code of Ethics Committee.
Ms. Johnston has lectured for ICLE, the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Judiciary, the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, and several county bar associations and American Inns of Court. In 2017 she was the recipient of ICLE’s Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education.
Ms. Johnston is a graduate of Hamilton College and New York Law School. She clerked for Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz.
- Kim D. Ringler, Esq.
- The Ringler Law Firm, Waldwick
- Edwin R. Rubin, Esq
- Law Office of Edwin R Rubin, East Brunswick
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section
Immigration attorneys regularly face a plethora of ethical issues in a variety of practice areas. At this new seminar, a panel of experts in ethics and immigration will discuss specific and common scenarios that practitioners face and discuss how to deal with each of them, or in some instances, to avoid them! Our program covers ethics questions in various immigration areas, including deportation, business immigration, family immigration, and practice management.
Topics for discussion include:
- Firm management
- Websites and advertising
- Tracking filings and deadlines
- Staff supervision
- The unauthorized practice of law
- Client management
- Communication with clients dealing with language barriers
- Initial contact and representation
- Obligation to inform clients of the negative consequences of violating visa conditions
- Retainer agreements and scope of representation and creating the attorney client relationship
- Business immigration
- Who does the attorney represent and how far does that representation extend?
- Conflicts of Interest
- Dual Representation
- Representation after job termination
- Family immigration
- Duty to investigate for fraudulent marriage
- Dual Representation
- Battered Spouses
- When the marriage falls apart before a visa is granted
- Criminal law and immigration
- Ineffective assistance of counsel
- Competence issues
- Candor towards the tribunal
- Frivolous asylum filings and sanctions
- Ethics of social media posts