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March 6, 2015
Hon. Richard A. PosnerRoom 2788FEverett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse219 S. Dearborn StreetChicago, IL 60604
Re: Bouras v. Holder, No. 14-2179 (Mar. 4, 2015)
Dear Judge Posner:
You owe over thirteen thousand lawyers an apology. In a flippant, offhand insult you state the deportation defense bar is 'weak.' (Bouras, slip op. at 31.)
On the contrary, the deportation defense bar comprises one of the strongest, smartest, most tenacious, most dedicated group of attorneys in the U.S. today. Sure, there are 'lackluster' attorneys in every specialty area, but in the main, I would pit my sisters and brothers in the immigration bar against any cadre of lawyers.
Consider just two examples: reflect on Gunther Jacobson's defense of Ellen Knauff; and ponder the work of dozens of volunteers on the Artesia debacle. With ease, I could multiply these examples a thousand-fold.
You did manage to correct the record - if not apologize - to Scott Bratton, who did an exemplary job on the Bouras petition for review, as is clear from the audio recording of the oral argument.
Please take the next step and apologize to the thousands of immigration lawyers who should not have been tarred with your broad brush.
Thank you for your time.
Daniel M. Kowalski