The Unauthorized Practice of Law: Responses from the Bar

Friday February 08

  • By: ABA Commision on Immigration, Commission On Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, Section Of Antitrust Private Advertising Litigation Committee
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Hilton Anatole
    2201 North Stemmons Freeway
    Plum Blossom A, Lobby level, Atrium II
    Dallas, TX
  • Contact:
    ABA Commission on Immigration
    (202) 662-1005

In communities across America, unscrupulous individuals pose as attorneys qualified to assist immigrants obtain legal status. They hold themselves out as "notarios," taking advantage of the fact that in most Latin American countries, the term "notario" refers to a skilled attorney rather than a notary public. This fraud harms these vulnerable individuals, sometimes ruining any opportunity for the immigrant to correctly legalize their status. The impact reaches beyond the individual victims to the legal profession. As attorneys, how can we better respond to this unauthorized practice of law? What should lawyers do if they are aware of abuses in their communities? What ethical obligations restrict an attorney's ability to work with a "notario?" This is a complimentary CLE program. Speakers will include:

  • Jim Coyle, Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court
  • James Golder, Assistant Regional Director, Federal Trade Commission-Southwest Region
  • Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Chair, Texas American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Brooke Schafer, Senior Trial Counsel, State Bar of California