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February 8, 2018

Conference Sneak Peek: First Do No Harm: Emerging Ethics Issues in Immigration Pro Bono

The 2018 PBI Annual Conference is less than two weeks away. Join us on February 22, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for First Do No Harm: Emerging Ethics Issues in Immigration Pro Bono. The increase in enforcement activity and use of detention pose new ethical concerns for practitioners. How do you evaluate whether the risks of applying for a particular benefit, even before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), outweigh the possible gain? When is it better to leave well enough alone? What if the only choices are between two risky options? How do you handle the duty of confidentiality when some of the risks are to non-client family members? How to answer the “what if” questions if the answers mean your client may not appear for a hearing or interview?  Who makes the decision about how to proceed, especially if your client is a child? Can any pro bono volunteer satisfy the duty of competence in this climate?

We are grateful to our panel of experts who will be sharing their experiences and expertise:

Interested in learning more?  Check out episodes of the Pro Bono Happy Hour, the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s podcast; including Karen Grisez’s recent episode and our episode featuring KIND. Subscribe to the Pro Bono Happy Hour in Apple Podcasts and check out links to recent episodes here.

Curious about KIND and the American Immigration Council? Visit their tables at our Pro Bono EXPO and Happy Hour later in the day from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the Conference or need assistance with registration, please email events@probonoinst.org or call 202.370.6770.

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