ABA cites work of UHLC immigration clinic in new practice advisory

Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Janet Beck

Susham Modi

Sept. 4, 2015 – The immigration clinic at the University of Houston Law Center is cited three times in an ABA advisory regarding how attorneys can best serve immigrant clients who have limited mental capacity.

The ABA Commission on Immigration’s practice advisory, ““Representing Detained Immigration Respondents of Diminished Capacity: Ethical Challenges and Best Practices,” refers to a previous advisory authored by the UHLC immigration clinic in conjunction with the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Counsel.  AIC is a national non-profit, non-partisan, organization based in Washington, D.C.

The clinic was cited in regard to legal strategies in handling issues where clients may not have the legal capacity to competently represent themselves.

“I am very proud of the clinic’s recognition in this prestigious advisory from the ABA,” said Geoffrey A. Hoffman, director of the immigration clinic. “It is a testament to the work of our clinic’s students and faculty in working with mentally incompetent respondents in immigration court proceedings.”

Hoffman also noted that visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Janet Beck was counsel of record in a precedent-setting Board of Immigration Appeals case that has changed the landscape in terms of how immigration courts treat persons with competency issues.

Clinical Supervising Attorney Susham Modi serves on the Advisory Committee for the ABA Commission on Immigration.

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