June 14, 2010
An Arizona hearing officer has recommended an informal reprimand of a New York attorney in connection with matters before the United States immigration court in Arizona. The hearing officer rejected the attorney's jurisictional challenge and would have favored probation but for the fact that her non-admitted status precludes that option. The hearing officer found that the violations were a product of her office management shortcomings:
[Respondent] should take from this proceeding the lesson that she is responsible for knowing what is going on in her office. Her husband is not a lawyer and he should not be ger enforcer by trying to strong arm clients who are entitled to refunds into signing covenants not to sue (or not to bring bar charges)...Observing Respondent at the hearing (where she was crying when she realized that the evidence strongly suggests that her husband lied to her about [a] meeting), the Hearing Officer concluded that she has been significantly impacted by this process. A censure for her first violations would not be necessary.
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