CLE Training: The Ethics of Representing 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 updated instructions and best practices for how to request IDP’s services through the helpline.

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 immigration consequences of criminal contact
  • The ethics of using IDP’s hotline to seek advice for an individual client
  • An overview of how to effectively use IDP’s hotline

Who should attend:

Attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives providing consultations and/or representation to immigrants in the United States.


  • Karelle Fonteneau—IDP Paralegal
  • Em Puhl—IDP Senior Staff Attorney


Thursday, May 6th, 2021 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Note – This is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


Program is presented free of charge.
Registration will open on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 and close on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.

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 these instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project
An application for  New  York accreditation of 1 ethics credit and .5 professional practice 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 June 4th, 2021. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]