Ethics of Pro Bono Representation of Immigrants
DATE: Tuesday, June 4
12 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: CBA Offices
1290 Broadway, Suite 1700
Denver, CO 80203
This program will discuss ethical issues related to representing pro bono immigration clients. Topics will include competency and diligence in working in an unfamiliar and frequently-changing field of law, communicating with your client and how to communicate with family members, and the struggles of working with detained clients. Speakers will also discuss working with minors and those with diminished capacities.
Laura Lunn- Laura joined the Detention Program at RMIAN in August 2016. Directly before starting at RMIAN she served as the interim Managing Attorney for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Facility in Dilley, Texas. Previously, Laura was Associate Attorney at Lichter Immigration, PC, in Denver, Colorado, where she provided direct representation to clients obtaining immigration benefits through family-based petitions, DACA, asylum, U-Visas, VAWA, and Cancellation of Removal. Before moving to Colorado, she worked as an Associate Attorney at Immigration Law Group, PC, in Portland, Oregon. Following law school, Laura clerked as an Attorney Advisor for the El Paso Immigration Courts through the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program, providing legal analysis to six judges on both detained and non-detained dockets. She attended the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was actively engaged in the immigration law clinic and was awarded a summer fellowship with the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights. During her time at Colgate University, Laura majored in Peace & Conflict Studies. Laura is a member of the Oregon and Iowa State Bars as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She serves as a member of the Colorado AILA Chapter's EOIR Liaison Committee and is also a committee member for the Colorado Bar Association's Immigration Law Section. Laura's efforts as a pro bono volunteer attorney for the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, were recognized when she and other attorneys involved in the project received the Oregon AILA Pro Bono Award for 2015 and the 2015 AILA Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award. She is proficient in Spanish.
James Wilder- E. James Wilder is Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation. Mr. Wilder works in the intake division where he investigates allegations of lawyer misconduct pursuant to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct and allegations of the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. Wilder graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1997. Prior to joining the OARC in 2014, Mr. Wilder clerked for the Honorable Edward A. Simons of the Denver District Court and was an associate at two medium-sized law firms before opening his own practice in 2005 focusing on real estate litigation where he worked until joining the OARC. Mr. Wilder speaks Spanish and handles the Spanish-speaking complaints in the OARC.
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