Case Conclusion Date: April 1, 2009
Practice Area: Immigration
Outcome: My client won her appeal and won relief.
Description: I represented a client originally from India who was already ordered deported from the United States partly because of Governmental abuse and partly because of the incompetent assistance of the client's prior counsel. My client came to see me only when the deadline to file an appeal was imminent, and the client retained my firm. I reviewed the court's file which included a large administrative record, interviewed the prior attorney, discussed the facts of the case at length with the client and her family members, and discussed the case with other associates from my firm. Moreover, I researched the recent changes in the law as they applied to the client's case because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had issued a decision that year that altered the manner in which the respective government agency approached such cases. I then concluded that the client did have a case to obtain relief from deportation and quickly communicated my conclusion and the basis for it to the client. After discussing my findings with the client, I conducted more thorough legal research and applied the law to my client's facts. I interviewed the client and her family members again to assist in drafting affidavits. I then completed a lengthy brief, which I filed on time with the supporting documents. After a few months, the administrative appellate court agreed with my legal position and remanded the case to the lower court. I prepared for the first hearing before the administrative judge by writing a motion clarifying my legal position, and after reviewing the motion and following my oral argument during the hearing, the Government submitted to my position, and my client was granted the relief sought. Instead of being deported, she is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States (Green Card holder).