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BIA on IAC: Matter of Melgar

December 04, 2020 (1 min read)

Matter of Melgar, 28 I&N Dec. 169 (BIA 2020)

(1) Counsel’s acceptance of responsibility for error does not discharge the disciplinary authority complaint obligation under Matter of Lozada, 19 I&N Dec. 637 (BIA 1988), particularly where the ineffective assistance allegation is rendered by the same attorney against himself.

(2) A respondent seeking reopening on the basis of a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel must show a reasonable probability that, but for counsel’s error, he would have prevailed on his claim.