CLE Training: Ethical Representation: Serving Clients with Criminal Contacts

Contact with the criminal legal system can create unique risks and complications for an immigrant client. The Immigrant Defense Project Helpline provides individualized analysis of the effect of any contact with the criminal legal system on a person’s immigration status, and gives clear, accurate, individualized advice to legal service providers by serving as crim-imm experts. This training is intended to provide information to attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and their support staff on how to provide competent and diligent representation to their clients by using IDP’s hotline. The training will explain how IDP’s experts can help attorneys meet their ethical duties to provide legal representation to clients who have had contact with police and the criminal legal system. It will also give best practices for how to use IDP’s services through the helpline.

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What you will learn:

  • The ethical duties that apply to client representation and how to fulfill these duties, even where you may not be a subject matter expert in criminal-immigration matters
  • The ethics of advising immigrant clients on the immigration consequences of criminal contact
  • The ethics and best practices for using IDP’s hotline to seek advice for an individual client

Who should attend:

This course is designed for individuals representing immigrants in affirmative applications to USCIS, removal proceedings before EOIR, or providing legal advice for the purpose of any immigration issue.


  • Marie Mark—IDP Director of Legal Support and Resources
  • Em Puhl—IDP Senior Staff Attorney


Thursday, November 18th, 2021 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Please note that this is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


The program is presented free of charge.
Registration will open on Tuesday, October 19,  2021 and close on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 12:00pm (ET)

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How to access a Zoom Webinar:

The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrant’s identity. In order to attend a webinar hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow the instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project
An application for New York accreditation of 1.5 ethics and professionalism credits for this course is currently pending.

Additional Information:

  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. 
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed by December 16, 2021. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]

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