A recent decision of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opened with these words: “With disturbing frequency, this Court encounters evidence of ineffective representation by attorneys retained by immigrants seeking legal status in this country.” This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, my cohost J. Craig Williams and I explore the competence of legal representation provided to immigrants. Joining us as guests to discuss this issue are three experts in immigration law:
- Lisa D. Ramirez, an immigration lawyer in Santa Ana, Calif.
- Nora Privitera, special projects attorney for The Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco.
- Eleanor Newhoff, immigration lawyer in Cambridge, Mass., and part-time attorney for Greater Boston Legal Services.
We discuss the quality of legal representation provided to immigrants, why so many immigrants receive inadequate legal assistance and what lawyers are doing to educate clients and the bar.