CLE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

10/03/2012 - 2:00pm

This program is approved for 3 CLE credits and .5 ethics credit.


Professor Fatma Marouf and Professor Angela Morrison
William S. Boyd School of Law, Thomas & Mack Immigration Clinic 


This CLE will provide an overview of the application process for deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The presenters will cover the eligibility requirements for DACA, give an overview of the criminal bars to admissibility and criminal grounds for deportation, look at the criminal bars to DACA relief, and discuss potential pitfalls and ethical obligations of attorneys representing DACA applicants. The program will include a question and answer session with the presenters and a panel of experienced immigration lawyers, consisting of Peter Ashman, Jocelyn Cortez, and Rex Velasquez.

The presenters will discuss the ways in which representing clients in their DACA applications implicate a lawyer’s professional conduct. In particular, given the complexity of the US Immigration System, the temporary nature of deferred action, the discretionary nature of deferred action, and the length of time that it can take the agency to process applications, issues surrounding competence, the scope of representation, communicating with the client, and advising the client will come up during representation. Additionally, lawyers must be informed about what benefits applicants can and cannot expect to obtain with deferred action, and this implicates how a lawyer advises her client and how a lawyer communicates regarding her services. This discussion will focus on the following Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct: NRCP 1.1 – Competence; NRCP 1.2 – Scope of Representation; NRCP 1.4 – Communication; NRCP 2.1 – Advisor; and NRCP 7.1 – Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services. 


2:00-2:30 p.m. Overview of eligibility for DACA & application process 
2:30-3:30 p.m. Overview of criminal bars to admissibility and criminal grounds for deportation; special considerations regarding the criminal backgrounds of DACA applicants 
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:15 p.m. Pitfalls and ethics in representing DACA applicants 
4:15-5:00 p.m. Question and answer session

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