Prof. Theo Liebmann Publishes Article on Ethical Advocacy for Immigrants

Theo Liebmann, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs

Professor Theo Liebmann published an article in the most recent issue of the Family Court Review. The article analyzes the involvement of family courts in the lives of youth and families and argues that the involvement creates significant opportunities for advocates to assist their clients with immigration-related issues. More specifically, immigration issues are germane to family court because certain vital avenues of immigration relief are available to survivors of abuse, neglect, abandonment and other forms of family crisis. The evidentiary proof of these family crises explicitly depend on findings, orders, and certifications that are issued in the context of family court proceedings. After describing these forms of relief, and the family court’s role in immigrants’ access to them, the article analyzes how ethical mandates related to client counseling, representational goals, and competence require family court practitioners to provide advice and advocacy related to these collateral benefits to family court proceedings.