sd5289 wrote:spleenworship wrote:BlueLotus wrote:spleenworship wrote:I believe they actually like Civil Aid experience. It's working for indigents after all.
Yeah, that's what I figured. I suppose that in the wake of Padilla v. Kentucky immigration experience is greatly valued by PDs, right? Yes, I did work with U/VAWA seekers, but some of those clients had criminal histories and I've had to research/write memos on the immigration consequences of those criminal convictions
Yeah, they do like that. That said, not vital - a lot if these offices retain outside immigration counsel for consultations.
Are you sure that's true for everywhere though? I responded to a lot of Padilla motions last summer, and many defendants plead guilty at arraignment or during calendar call, so often it's the PD who would be in the position to explain the immigration consequences of the plea. It can take all of two minutes if it happens at arraignment. This is in NYC though. I'm assuming it's a lot slower in other parts of the country.
I can only speak to my, slower, part of the country. What happens is that the PD talking to the client will give a hedged explanation, then send off the info to the outside counsel. A reply comes a few days later and the full explanation is given before the plea is entered.