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EOIR Director rescinds and replaces OPPMs on pro bono representation

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 10, 2020

    Via Policy Memo 21-08, the EOIR Director rescinds and replaces OPPM 08-01 (Guidelines for Facilitating Pro Bono Legal Services) and OPPM 97-1 (Maintaining the List of Free Legal Service Providers). The memo discusses the maintenance of the agency's pro bono list and the "legal, ethical, and professional responsibility concerns" of pro bono representatives. It also reiterates the expectation that pro bono representation be identified in the record, that judges should take pro bono cases first at master calendar hearings, and judges should be flexible in allowing pro bono representatives to appear telephonically or through televideo. The memo also admonishes judges, in deciding cases, not to be influenced by the fact that a case is represented pro bono. (The memo does not reference pro bono representation of minors, as the previous guidance had done.)

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 10, 2020

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