LEGAL ARTICLES

Lawsuit Filed Against CSC to Halt RFE Crisis in I-612 Hardship, Persecution waivers – Schmitt v. Johnson, published at Bender’s Immigration Daily (Oct. 18, 2016).

“Compelled Speech” Lawsuit Challenges New Form 1-612 – Schmitt v. Johnson, published at Bender’s Immigration Daily (Mar. 23, 2016).

Bruce Hake Comments on USCIS Policy Manual “Extreme Hardship” Draft, published at Bender’s Immigration Daily (Nov. 20, 2015).

Ethical Problems with the New I-864 Form, with Brian C. Schmitt, 20 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1279 (Nov. 15, 2015).

Major Problems with New USCIS Form 1-612, with Brian C. Schmitt, 21-page letter objecting to changes to the new Form 1-612, 20 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1137 (Oct. 15, 2015).

New J-1 waiver Form A “Disaster,” Attys Tell DHS, Bender’s Immigration Daily (Sept. 29, 2015).

Federal Court Litigation Triggers 1-612 Hardship Waiver Victory: Fabry v. Kerry, Bender’s Immigration Daily, (May 8, 2015).

AAO 212(e) (J waiver Hardship) Victory by Hake & Schmitt, Bender’s Immigration Daily, (June 13, 2014).

Judicial Review of J-1 Waiver Denials based on Negative State Department Recommendations, with Brian C. Schmitt, 17 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1387-1411 (July 15, 2012).

What the Bible Really Says about Immigration Policy: Confronting the False (“A Biblical Perspective on Immigration Policy” by CIS) with the True (“And you welcomed me: Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching,” edited by Donald Kerwin and Jill Marie Gerschutz), by Bruce and Judy Hake, 15Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 6-20 (Jan. 10, 2010). Also published at Immigration Daily (ILW.COM Jan. 14, 2010).

Rainbow’s Here: The Recent I-612 Crisis, in Immigration Options for Physicians 33-43 (Margaret A. Catillaz, ed.) (AILA 3d ed. 2009). AILA is the American Immigration Lawyers’s Association.

AAO Decision Highlights Hardship of Uprooting ChildrenBender’s Immigration Daily (Oct. 8, 2008).

No Rainbow Yet: Update on the I-612 Crisis, with Five AAO Victories, 13 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 755-765 and 780-825 (June 15, 2008).

Another AAO 212(e) victoryBender’s Immigration Daily (Feb. 21, 2008).

Bruce Hake’s I-612 FOIABender’s Immigration Daily (Aug. 18, 2007). Also published at 12 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, App. G at 1304 and 1330-1334 (Sept. 15, 2007).

Advance Conflict Waivers are Unethical in Immigration Practice Debunking Mehta’s “Golden Mean,” 12 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (June 1, 2007). Also published in Immigration Daily (ILW.COM June 27, 2007).

AAO 212(e) Victory, Bender’s Immigration Daily (Feb. 6, 2007).

U.S. Government Funding in J-1 Waiver Cases–The Worst Form of the Disease, 1 AILA, 2006-07 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 681-91 (annual conference proceedings 2006).

Radical Bill Would Criminalize All Aid To Undocumented PersonsBender’s Immigration Daily (March 2, 2006). Also published at Immigration Daily (ILW.COM March 3, 2006).

The Hake Hardship Scale: A Quantitative System for Assessment of Hardship in Immigration Cases Based on a Statistical Analysis of AAO Decisions, with David L. Banks, Professor of Statistics, Duke University, 10 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 403-420 (March 1, 2005). This fourth and last version was published with a new addendum. Here is an excerpt of the heart of the article.

The Hake Hardship Scale: A Quantitative System for Assessment of Hardship in Immigration Cases Based on a Statistical Analysis of AAO Decisions, with David L. Banks, Professor of Statistics, Duke University, in 1 AILA, 2004-2005 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 490-507 (annual conference proceedings 2004).

Also republished at: (2) AILA’s Immigration Options for Physicians 49-66 (Margaret A. Catillaz, ed.) (AILA 2d.ed. 2004); (3) J Visa Guidebook, Vol. 2, App. I-13 (LexisNexis G. Siskind, W. Stock, and S. Yale-Loehr, eds. 2005 ed.); and Immigration Daily (ILW.COM Sept. 6, 2007).

Dual Representation in Immigration Practice, in AILA’s Ethics in a Brave New World: Professional Responsibility, Personal Accountability, and Risk Management for Immigration Practitioners 28-35 (John L. Pinnix, ed.) (AILA 2004). This volume was distributed at no charge to all of AILA’s more than 8,000 members. This article of mine was the definitive piece on dual representation.

BIA Disbars Lawyer in First Case under New Legal Ethics Rules, 8 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1888 (Dec. 15, 2003).

Chapter on J-1 Visas in Martin J. Lawler, Professionals: A Matter of Degree (AILA 4th ed. 2003).

Little Drops of Water, Little Grains of Sand, with Randy Auerbach, in AILA’s Guide to Technology and Legal Research for the Immigration Lawyer (Halima Aziza Jenkins, ed.) (AILA 3rd ed. 2003).

We Represent People, Not Files!–Reflections on the Valinoti Case, 8 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 859 (May 15, 2003).

O-1 Petitions in a Time of Stress, with Joseph J. Kranyak, 8 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 780 (May 1, 2003).

The Hake Hardship Scale For J-1 Waivers, Siskind’s Health Care Newsletter (www.visalaw.com Jan. 1, 2003).

Special Alerts On Post-September 11 Dangers, with Joseph J. Kranyak, Immigration Daily (ILW.COM Nov. 20, 2002).

Special Alerts On Post-September 11 Dangers, with Joseph J. Kranyak, Siskind’s Immigration Bulletin (Sept. 12, 2002).

The Shoe-Bomber Tosses The Dictionary At ‘Em, 7 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 900 (July 15, 2002).

The Hake Hardship Scale (Beta Version), 1 AILA, 2002-03 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 237-251 (annual conference proceedings 2002).

Hardship Standards, 7 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 59-80 (Jan. 15, 2002).

Hardship is Hardship: The Equivalency of Hardship Standards in U.S. Immigration Law, 2 AILA, 2001-2002 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 384-393 (annual conference proceedings 2001).

Materials on Conflicts of Interest and Sample Addendum to Retainer Agreement. May 11, 2001 Panel on Legal Ethics, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter Spring Conference, Washington, D.C.

A Great Wind: The New INS/EOIR Attorney Discipline Regime, 5 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 885-904 (Nov. 1, 2000).

Little Drops of Water, Little Grains of Sand: Why Smart Lawyers Live on Email, 2 AILA, 2000-2001 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 514-525 (annual conference proceedings 2000).

Questions and Answers on Real Ethical Dilemmas in Immigration Practice. April 28, 2000 Panel on Legal Ethics and the Immigration Practitioner, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter Spring Conference, Washington, D.C.

The Refugee Act and the Rule of Law: A Legislative Proposal, 4 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 983-999 (Oct. 15, 1999).

Some Professional Responsibility Issues in Law Firm Management, AILA, Ethics and Your Immigration Practice: Have You Considered (A. Caprara, R. Engineer & B. Marcouiller eds.) (1998).

Talking Points. Feb. 27, 1998, panel on ethical dilemmas in immigration practice, AILA Colorado Chapter, Denver, Colorado.

Bruce & Judy Hake, The Scriptural Foundations of an Open Immigration Policy, originally published on Advocacy Page of Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW.COM) (1997).

Dual Representation in Immigration Practice, 2 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 568-577 (July 15, 1997).

Virtual Virtue (Establishing Good Moral Character In Immigration And Naturalization Proceedings), by Robert Hopper, edited by Bruce A. Hake, 2 AILA, 1995-96 Immigration Law Handbook (annual conference proceedings 1995).

J-1 Hardship Waivers: In Brief, by Roberta Freedman and Bruce A. Hake (1995) (prepared for AILA conference, not published).

G-28s and the Client-Lawyer Relationship, 72 Interpreter Releases 757-771 (June 5, 1995).

Loyalty to a Former Client, 13 Immigration Law Report 205-210 (Sept. 15, 1994).

Hardship Waivers For J-1 Physicians, 94-2 Immigration Briefings (Feb. 1994). This 71-page article contains extensive practical guidelines, reference notes and appendixes. It is the definitive guide to this topic.

Counterpoint: State Bar Admission is Not Required to Practice Immigration Law In a State, 12 AILA Monthly Mailing 685 (Sept. 1993).

Quo Warranto: Another Way to Fight the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2 AILA, 1993-94 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 48 (annual conference proceedings 1993).

Coauthor, Paparelli, Haight & Hake, Avoiding Or Accepting Risks In H-1B/LCA Practice: Part II, 92-12 Immigration Briefings (Dec. 1992).

Dual Representation And The H-1B Labor Condition Application: Making The Best Of A Bad Situation. November 1992 AILA conference on business immigration in Austin, Texas.

Coauthor, Bates & Hake, A Tale Of Two Cites: Due Process And The Plenary Power Doctrine, 90-4 Immigration Briefings (Apr. 1992).

Due Process Rights Of Aliens: Some Notes On Advocacy In The Shadow Of The Rehnquist Court. Dec. 1991 conference of the AILA Texas Chapter in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Dual Representation In Immigration Practice: The Simple Solution Is The Wrong Solution, 5 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 582 (Fall 1991). This is the definitive article on an ethics topic of central importance to the immigration bar.

Ethical Regulation Of The Immigration Bar. November 1991 conference of the Georgia Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dual Representation in Immigration Practice: The Simple Solution is the Wrong Solution, 2 AILA, Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 6 (annual conference proceedings 1991).

The Power of Clear Statement: A Tribute to Maury Roberts, 5 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 215 (Spring 1991).

Attorney Misconduct A Rebuttal, 4 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 727 (Fall 1990). A defense of the immigration bar against misconduct charges.

Coauthor, Smith & Hake, Evidence Issues In Asylum Cases, 90-10 Immigration Briefings (Oct. 1990).

Coauthor and editor, Frisch, Gee, Grauer, Hake, Patrick, Ripley, Rosen & Whelan, Ethical Issues In Immigration Practice: A Roundtable Discussion, 90-8 Immigration Briefings (Aug. 1990). Wrote lead section on the duty of loyalty, Justice Department ethical supervision of immigration practice, and ethical issues in immigration practice.

Citing Immigration Law: A Uniform Citation Guide For Immigration And Nationality Law (1990) (in consultation with R. Patrick Murphy and Amy R. Novick). Published by AILA. Adopted as the style guide for Immigration BriefingsInterpreter ReleasesAILA Monthly MailingImmigration Journal, and AILA conference materials.

The Refugee Act And The Rule Of Law: A Legislative Proposal (1990) (presented to National Lawyers Guild meeting, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 1990).

It’s Not What You Say: Identifying The Client In Labor Certification Cases, in AILA, Manual on Labor Certification: Practice & Procedure 1 (Business Immigration Conference proceedings 1990).

The Duty Of Loyalty: Comments On Ethics Hypotheticals–Washington, D.C. Rules, 2 AILA, Immigration and Nationality Law 11 (annual conference proceedings 1990).



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