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Press Releases and Statements

Dated May 10, 2018

Congressman Gosar’s statement regarding refugees’ access to counsel was misinformed.  The right to counsel is critical and one of the most important rights our constitution guarantees.  Unless there is a change to our Constitution, which currently affords protections including access to counsel for refugees, AILA stands ready to continue to assist refugees who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. 

The preamble to the Arizona State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct state" As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession. As a member of a learned profession, a lawyer should cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients, employ that knowledge in reform of the law and work to strengthen legal education." It continues " all lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. " We hope, as the rules require us to, to inform Mr. Gosar about these individuals' right to counsel.

AILA stands by the many selfless attorneys who serve these vulnerable refugees.

- Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Stephanie Corcoran, Chair, AZ AILA
Michael Neufeld, Chairman, AZ State Bar Immigration Section