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On this page the attorney summarizes and links to online articles that either (a) he wrote or (b) illustrate his standing as a legal authority. He also posts to this page legal information that may help immigrants and their advocates. In keeping with that effort, this page covers every public disciplinary action taken against any self-described immigration attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (as reported in the Texas Bar Journal) since 2003.

Dallas immigration lawyer sanctioned for neglecting a case

An evidentiary panel of the Texas State Bar's District 6 Grievance Committee found Dallas immigration attorney Luis Roberto "Rob" Campos had neglected a case entrusted to him; failed to keep the client reasonably informed of developments in the case; kept from her papers, property, and money belonging to her; and failed to respond promptly to her grievance. The panel ordered a year's fully-probated suspension of his license and payment of $200 in restitution and $1,149 in attorney's fees. 

Attorney weighs in on ICE raids

On April 5, 2019, NBC 5 aired a report on the ICE worksite raid the day before that resulted in the arrest of 284 undocumented workers. In the televised interview, attorney Zoltan observed that the raid conforms to Pres. Trump's repudiation of the Obama administration's sound practice of focusing enforcement resources on (1) criminals, (2) threats to national security, and (3) newly-arriving aliens: "'At this point, those three priorities are now 11 million priorities,' said Dallas Immigration Attorney Paul Zoltan. 'Every single undocumented immigrant is subject to removal with very little in the way of discretion, very little in the way of clemency.'"

Deputy AG reminds IJs they're not real judges

In a recent address to newly-trained immigration judges, Deputy Attorney General (AG) Rod Rosenstein emphasized that they lack the independence of judgment that Article III of the U.S. Constitution grants federal judges: "you are not only judges... [because] you are a member of the executive branch... [and must] follow lawful instructions from the Attorney General." Colleague Jeffrey S. Chase is more decorous in his critique of this arrangement - wherein "judges" are tasked with enforcing politically-motivated policies and forced to meet ambitious case "completion" quotas - but the gist of Mr. Rosenstein's remarks is that IJs' loose-fitting robes effectively cover the AG's hand and wrist.

Dallas immigration lawyer sanctioned for ethical violations

An evidentiary panel of a State Bar Grievance Committee has penalized Juan Luis Burgos-Gandia for failing to (1) keep a client reasonably informed about his case, (2) adequately explain the case to that client, (3) keep unearned fees in a separate trust account, and (4) refund unearned fees. The panel ordered a fully-probated 12-month suspension and payment of $11,200 in restitution and expenses.

Domestic violence-based asylum claims survive Matter of A-B-

When former Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III issued Matter of A-B-, it was widely reported that victims of domestic violence and gang-related persecution could no longer qualify for asylum. Though Mr. Sessions intended this result, he has largely failed. The Federal District Court for the District of Colombia recently enjoined asylum officers, in credible fear interviews, from following Matter of A-B- except insofar as it vacated an earlier decision benefiting married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship. Though unaffected by this injunction, most immigration judges likewise recognize the limited impact of Matter of A-B-. Two well-reasoned decisions granting asylum to victims of domestic violence - one issued in San Francisco, CA, the other in Arlington, VA - have been posted online.

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