Now more than ever the field of immigration law is in high demand.  As a result, attorneys are seeking insight about the ethical rules and responsibilities in this constantly changing, challenging, and complex area of legal practice.

The Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section is proud to announce its Annual Conference which will feature a variety of panels designed to address key immigration law topics.  The Immigration Law Conference on May 17-18, 2019 in Austin, Texas is a two full-day, multi-track program taught by a stellar faculty of veteran practitioners.  Attendees receive a unique chance to network with attorneys from both inside and outside of the government in a relaxed setting replete with social activities and networking events.  Register today at www.fedbar.org/immlaw19.  

Immigration lawyers are often confronted by ethical issues, especially in this uncertain political climate.  Attorneys need to stay aware of the latest changes affecting immigration regulations to fully and ethically support their clients. 

At the 2019 Immigration Law Conference, gain an overview of what you need to know to practice immigration law successfully.  Panelists will examine those ethical issues that immigration lawyers are frequently confronted with, including dual representation, language barriers, zealous advocacy, delays for hearings, and the constraints of immigration court. 

Immigration lawyers may face greater ethical challenges defending clients within a very difficult practice environment.  This year’s FBA conference will include the following ethics tracks: 

  • Ineffective Assistance
  • When Lawyers Cross the Line
  • Ethics in an Immigration Law Practice

Join our seasoned panelists as they discuss ethical considerations when representing a vulnerable population of immigration law clients.  Since the number of laws concerning entry into the United States have become increasingly multifaceted and thorny, it can be confusing for immigration applicants to navigate their way through the system, which is why they often turn to attorneys.  

Conference speakers will apply ethics rules to real-world immigration law cases, which include malpractice actions, fee disputes, competence, conflict of interest, and the like. To understand your obligations and manage risks, Immigration Law Conference panelists will examine new rules, opinions, and best practices.  Practitioners will identify and explain hot topics and what triggers exposure. 

This conference is designed for a variety of professionals, such as corporate counsel, general counsel, partners, risk management and human resource departments, and other lawyers with interest in professional responsibility issues.

The Trump administration has dramatically reshaped immigration policy.  Facing this new reality, immigration lawyers must continue to be alert to new initiatives that create greater challenges for clients and themselves when it comes to rules of professional responsibility.  In these rapidly changing times, it is essential that immigration lawyers refresh their understanding of professional conduct rules.  Immigration lawyers need to effectively advocate for their already fearful clients as strongly as possible without crossing ethical lines.  

The FBA looks forward to seeing you at the upcoming Immigration Law Conference on May 17-18, 2019.  Sign up now.


 Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.