Immigration Law

Cyrus D. Mehta on Ethical Obligations of Lawyers Who Represent Toddlers

Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 13, 2016 - "There has been a justifiable sense of shock and outrage after a senior immigration judge testified in a legal proceeding that three- and four-year-olds could represent themselves in complex removal proceedings. This is precisely what Immigration Judge Weil said in a deposition on behalf of the Department of Justice. ... Assuming the three year old has the privilege of having a lawyer, what are the lawyer’s ethical obligations when representing such a client?  The lawyer is guided by ABA Model Rule 1.14, as adopted in state bar ethical rules of professional conduct..."