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Part 95-ENROLLMENT AND DISBARMENT OF
ATTORNEYS AND REPRESENTATIVES
Sec. 95.1 Definitions,
95.5 Roster of attorneys. 95.2 Admission to practice required. 95.6 Appearances; use of record. 95.3 Qualifications for admission to 95.7 Suspension and disbarment. practice.
95.8 Procedure for suspension or 95.4 Applications for admission to
disbarment; effect. practice; decision.
95.9 Effective date. 8 95.1 Definitions. As used in this part
(a) The term "Attorney General” means the Attorney General of the United States.
(b) The term "Service" means the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(c) The term "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization.
(d) The term "district director” means a district director of Immigration and Naturalization.
(e) The term "officer in charge” means an officer of the Immigration and Naturalization Service who has over-all supervision over a field office which is subordinate to the office of the district director.
(f) The term "Board” means the Board of Immigration Appeals.
(g) The term "attorney” means a person licensed to practice law in the Federal State (including the District of Columbia), territorial, or insular courts.
(h) The term “representative” means a person representing a reputable religious, charactable, social service, or similar organization established in the United States and recognized as such by the Board.
(i) The term "case" means any proceeding arising under the laws and regulations administered by the Service.
(j) The term "practice” means the act of an attorney or representative in appearing in any case, either in person or through the filing of a brief or other document, on behalf of a client before any officer of the Service or the Board.*
*88 95.1 to 95.9, inclusive, issued under the authority contained in sec. 161, Revised Statutes, as amended (5 U. 8. C. 22); sec. 23, 39 Stat. 892, 8 U. S. C. 102; sec. 24, 43 Stat. 166, 8 U. S. O. 222 ; sec. 1, Reorg. Plan No. V, 5 F. R. 2223; sec. 37 (a), 54 Stat. 675, 8 U. S. C. 458; 8 CFR 90.1; 8 CFR 90.2
95.2 Admission to practice required.-(a) No person shall be permitted to practice before the Service or the Board until he has been admitted to practice in accordance with $ 95.4.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a)
(1) A district director, an officer in charge, the Commissioner, any other officer of the Central Office authorized by the Commis
sioner to do so, or the Board may permit an attorney or representative to file an appearance in behalf of a party in any case, prior to the approval of his application for admission if such attorney or representative files the application concurrently with filing his appearance in the case. If the application is subsequently denied, such attorney or representative shall not thereafter be permitted to practice in that or any other case, unless and until his admission to practice, has been authorized by the Board and subject to such conditions as the Board shall direct.
(2) An attorney or representative who files or has filed an appearance in any case prior to the effective date of this part and on that date continues so to serve may be permitted to conclude such services subject, however, to the prohibitions stated in 88 95.4 (d) and 95.8 (d).
(3) A party to a case may be represented by any reputable individual of good moral character, whether or not admitted to practice in accordance with 8 95.4, if such individual is appearing without monetary or other material remuneration and files a written declaration to that effect, and if such representation is permitted by the officer in charge of the office having the case under consideration, the Commissioner, or the Board.
(4) Any alien may be represented by an accredited official in the United States of the Government to which the alien owes allegiance, if such official appears solely in his official capacity, and with the consent of the alien.
(5) An attorney, other than described in $ 95.1 (g), residing outside the United States and licensed to practice law and in good standing in a court or courts of the country in which he resides and who is engaged in such practice may be permitted by any district director or officer in charge of a field office, the Commissioner, or any officer of the Central Office designated by him, or the Board, to file his appearance and be heard in any individual case. The district director shall have authority to withhold granting permission to such attorney to appear before an officer under his jurisdiction pending decision thereon by the Board.
(6) No person who is a party to a case shall be denied the privilege of presenting oral argument in his own behalf before an officer of the Service or the Board having his case under consideration.
(7) Any persons desiring to be heard as amicus curiae shall apply therefor to the Board; and the Board may grant such application if it deems it to be in the public interest.
(c) No person previously in the employ of the Service or the the Board may be permitted to practice in a case in which he participated during the period of such employment.
95.3 Qualifications for admission to practice.-(a) Admission to practice shall be limited to persons who are citizens of the United States, who are of good moral character, and who are attorneys in good standing in the court or courts in which they are licensed to practice, or who are representatives of organizations of the character described in 8 95.1 (h).
*For statutory citation, see note to $ 95.1.
(b) No person within any category set forth in § 95.7 may be admitted to practice.
95.4 Applications for admission to practice; decision.-(a) Applications for admission to practice may be filed with a district director, the Commissioner, or the Chairman of the Board, at the option of the applicant. Such application shall be made in triplicate upon Form G-27, shall be executed under oath or affirmation, shall be responsive to the questions therein, and shall reveal such information as may be considered necessary to make a decision upon the application. An application by an attorney shall be supported by a current certificate from a judge or clerk of the court in which the applicant is licensed to practice, or by a written statement of the officer in charge of the local office of the Service certifying that upon inquiry he has ascertained and has personal knowledge that the applicant is so licensed. An application by the representative of an organization shall be supported by a statement of the appropriate officer or officers thereof, certifying that the applicant is its accredited representative and authorized to appear in its behalf in any case.
(6) The original application shall be permanently retained in the files of the Board, the duplicate in the files of the Commissioner, and the triplicate in the files of the district director having jurisdiction over the applicant's place of residence.
(c) As soon as practicable after receipt of the application the Board shall give consideration thereto. If the application is approved, written notation to that effect shall be made on the application and a certificate of admission to practice shall be issued to the licensee. If the conclusion is that the application should be denied, the Board shall prepare a proposed order of denial, in which shall be stated the reasons for denying the application. The Board shall serve the proposed order on the applicant, either personally or by registered mail and obtain a return receipt therefor. The applicant shall be allowed a reasonable time, not less than ten days, in which to file exceptions to the proposed order and to submit a brief if desired. After receipt of the exceptions, or if none are received within three days after expiration of the period specified for filing of exceptions, the Board shall make such order as it may then determine appropriate. If the order be to deny the application, or if any one of the circumstances described in $ 90.12 of these regulations be present, the Board shall refer the record to the Attorney General for review of its decision. The order of the Attorney General shall be the final determination of the application.
(d) Admission of a representative shall terminate upon discontinuance of his authority to represent the organization named in his application.*
95.5 "Roster of attorneys. The Board shall maintain an alphabetical roster of attorneys and of representatives of organizations. A copy of the roster shall be supplied to the Commissioner, and he shall be advised from time to time of changes therein.
*For statutory citation, see note to : 95.1.
95.6 Appearances; use of record.-(a) An appearance shall be filed in writing on Form G-28 by attorneys or representatives appearing in each individual case. When an appropriate appearance has been filed in a case, substitution of attorneys or representatives may be permitted upon the written withdrawal of the attorneys or representatives of record or upon notice by the party to the case of his designation of new attorneys or representatives. If any attorney or representative of record authorizes another attorney or representative to act for him as an associate in a case, the latter will be heard if satisfactory evidence of his authorization is presented and if he has been admitted to practice under this Part.
(b) During the time a case is pending the attorney or representative of record, or his associate, shall be permitted to review the record and, upon request, be lent a copy of the testimony adduced and in expulsion proceedings the memorandum, if any, prepared by the presiding inspector setting forth a summary of the evidence and his proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order. The attorney or representative shall give his receipt for such copy and pledge that no copy thereof will be made, that he will retain it in his possession and under his control, and that it will be surrendered upon final disposition of the case.
CROSS REFERENCES : For attorneys and other persons representing applicants for certificates of derivative citizenship, see 8 CFR 879.3; for registry, 8 CFR 862.3.
95.7 Suspension and disbarment. With the approval of the Attorney General, the Board may suspend or bar from further practice an attorney or representative, if it shall find that suspension or disbarment is in the public interest. The suspension or disbarment of an attorney or representative who is within one or more of the following categories shall be deemed to be in the public interest, for the purpose of these regulations:
(1) Who charges or receives, either directly or indirectly, any fee or compensation for services that may be deemed to be grossly excessive in relation to the services performed by him in the case;
(2) Who, with intent to defraud or deceive, bribes, attempts to bribe, coerces, or attempts to coerce, by any means whatsoever, any person, including a party to a case, or an officer or employee of the Service or Board, to commit an act or to refrain from performing an act in connection with any case;
(3) Who wilfully misleads, misinforms, or deceives an officer or employee of the Service, the Board, or thé Attorney General concerning any material and relevant fact in connection with a case;
(4) Who wilfully deceives, misleads, or threatens any party to a case concerning any matter relating to the case ; ;
(5) Who solicits practice by means of runners or other unethical methods;
(6) Who represents, as an associate, an attorney who, known to him, solicits practice by means of runners or other unethical methods;
*For statutory citation, see note to $ 95.1.
(7) Who has been temporarily suspended, and such suspension is still in effect, or permanently disbarred from practice in any court, Federal, State (including the District of Columbia), territorial, or insular;
(8) Who is temporarily suspended, and such suspension is still in effect, or permanently disbarred from practice in a representative capacity before any executive department, board, commission, or other Governmental unit, Federal, State (including the District of Columbia), territorial, or insular;
(9) Who, by use of his name, personal appearance, or any device, aids and abets an attorney to practice during the period of his suspension or disbarment, such suspension or disbarment being known to him;
(10) Who wilfully made false and material statements in his application for admission to practice, or in his appearance in any case;
(11) Who engages in contumelious or otherwise unprofessional conduct with respect to a case in which such attorney acts in a representative capacity, which would constitute cause for suspension or disbarment were the case pending before a court;
(12) Who, having been furnished with a copy or copies of any portion of the record in any case, wilfully fails to surrender such copy or copies upon final disposition of the case, or wilfully and without authorization makes and retains a copy or copies of the material furnished;
(18) Who has been convicted of a felony, or, having been convicted of any crime, is sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 1 year or more;
(14) Who no longer possesses the qualifications required by 8 95.3 of this part for admission to practice;
(15) Who is the representative of an organization that is no longer recognized by the Board as being of the character described in g 95.1 (h); or
(16) Who wilfully violates any of the provisions contained in this Part.
95.8 Procedure for suspension or disbarment; effect.-(a) The Commissioner may cause to be investigated any complaint or circumstance that establishes a prima facie
case for the suspension or disbarment of any enrolled attorney or representative. If such investigation establishes to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that suspension or disbarment proceedings should be instituted, he shall cause written charges to be preferred. A copy of such charges shall be served upon the respondent, either personally or by registered mail, with notice to show cause within a specified tíme, not less than 30 days, why he should not be suspended or disbarred from further practice. Such notice shall also advise the respondent that after answer has been made and the matter is at issue, if he so requests he will be given opportunity for a hearing. If hearing is requested, the Commissioner will specify the time and place therefor and specially designate the officer who
*For statutory citation, see note to $95.1.