The United States Supreme Court, in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), held that the effective assistance of counsel may require advice about potential immigration consequences faced by a client. In order to assist counsel in meeting this requirement, IDS has contracted with two, experienced immigration attorneys; Helen Parsonage and Robert Lamb. Ms. Parsonage and Mr. Lamb will provide immigration consultations for counsel representing appointed clients. To begin the process, you must complete the form, linked below. You may want to print out the printable version of the form to use in collecting the information, and then fill out the on-line form.
Once IDS receives the form, we will distribute it to one of the consultants, who will then contact you. Make sure you have all of the information required by the form, and are submitting the consultation request at least 72 hours before you need to get advice. Both consultants have only limited time to handle consultations, so waiting for the last minute can result in not having the information you need when you need it. In fact, do not wait - if you have a client with potential immigration consequences, submit the request as soon as you have the required information.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina -- Sejal Zota
and John Rubin,
UNC School of Government (2017)