Webinar – Sticky Issues: Ethical Challenges in Representing Unaccompanied Children

Event details

  • November 19, 2019
  • 2:00 pm
  • Online

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) invites you to a webinar presentation addressing the ethical challenges attorneys face when they are representing unaccompanied children (UCs). Working with UCs can often lead to unusual ethical dilemmas and CILA would like to help practitioners explore these difficult cases in more detail.  The webinar will cover the following topics:

Chloe Walker, Vickie Giambra and Laura Egan, Senior Staff Attorneys of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy, will address:

    1. Introduction – General review of the ethical duties for lawyers representing child clients.
    2. The different roles lawyers may play when working with children in immigration proceedings (client representative, friend of court, amicus, ad litem) and the different ethical obligations of each role. Defining the attorney client relationship.
    3. Representing unaccompanied children in times of immigration upheaval, including the responsibility of keeping your client informed and regular communications.
    4. Capacity and competency issues and the interplay between best interest vs. expressed interest.
    5. Confidentiality and other related issues for children in CBP and ORR custody including the mandatory duty to report, CRCL complaints and other ethical responsibilities.
    6. Potential conflicts of interest issues.

The presentation aims to provide guidance on ethical considerations to attorneys who practice with children in a constantly changing environment, as well as point them to resources to guide them along the way.


This training is pending approval by the State Bar of Texas for 1.5 participatory hour of CLE credit including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.