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August 2012 Archives

Immigration law for non-immigration lawyers: Spotting the issues

Cynthia Irvine, the Department Chair/Lead Attorney of HIP's Immigration Department will be an invited speaker at the upcoming Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education conference on "Immigration Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers: Spotting the Issues" on September 12, 2012. Cynthia's panel will discuss the ethical implications and challenges for attorneys when immigration issues arise in their everyday practices. She will also discuss the recent proposed changes to the Washington State attorney Rules of Professional Conduct clarifying the ethical violations that occur when attorneys attempt to threaten or intimate parties or witnesses with their immigration status in civil litigation matters. Cynthia served on the special WSBA workgroup that drafted these changes that are currently before the Washington State Supreme Court.

Young immigrants can apply for Dream Act-like protections starting today

The Obama administration kicked off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades today, allowing an estimated 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants to apply for the temporary right to live and work openly in the United States without fear of deportation.