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The Ethics of Representing Clients with Criminal Contacts
Contact with the criminal legal system can create unique risks and complications for an immigrant client. The Immigrant Defense Project Helpline provides individualized analysis of the effect of any contact with the criminal legal system on a person's immigration status, and gives clear, accurate, individualized advice to legal service providers by serving as crim-imm experts. This training is intended to provide information to attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and their support staff on how to provide competent and diligent representation to their clients by using IDP’s hotline. The training will explain how IDP’s experts can help attorneys meet their ethical duties to provide legal representation to clients who have had contact with police and the criminal legal system. It will also give updated instructions and best practices for how to request IDP’s services through the helpline.

May 6, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Em Puhl
Senior Staff Attorney @Immigrant Defense Project
Em Puhl joins IDP as a Senior Staff Attorney, working as part of IDP’s Padilla Support Center to advise attorneys on the immigration consequences of family and criminal court proceedings. Em also provides support to community members seeking legal information and advice through the IDP hotline. Prior to joining IDP, Em worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in California’s San Joaquin Valley to give training, technical assistance, and legal advice to immigrant communities and advocates on issues related to ICE enforcement, family-based immigration, asylum, and public charge. Em also provided direct representation to immigrants as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at Legal Services NYC and worked as an Attorney Advisor at the San Francisco Immigration Court. Em earned their J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from U.C. San Diego, and a B.A. from Iowa State University.
Karelle Fonteneau
Paralegal @Immigrant Defense Project
Karelle joined IDP as a hotline paralegal in March 2018. Previously, she worked at The Bronx Defenders as a legal advocate in the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, which represents detained immigrants in deportation proceedings. Karelle graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and Psychology and speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Portuguese.