About Craig

Craig Dobson provides ethics advice to lawyers, represents lawyers in disciplinary matters, and practices immigration and nationality law at Dobson Law LLC. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Furman University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law. During law school, he received CALI awards in both the Law and Ethics of Lawyering and International Business Transactions and served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law. He previously served as Georgia UPL Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Georgia-Alabama Chapter and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve as Chairperson of the District 1 UPL Committee for the State Bar of Georgia from 2014 to 2017. He is currently a member of AILA’s National Ethics Committee and was chair from 2017 to 2021. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility’s (APRL) Cross-Border Practice Subcommittee, which is working on proposed amendments to current ABA multi-jurisdictional practice rules. Additionally, he is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Mindfulness & Wellbeing in Law Committee and vice-chair AILA’s new Lawyer Well-Being Committee. In October 2017, he became one of the first National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches.

Craig not only spends his days studying the law and ethics of lawyering, but he is also frequently called upon to teach and write on the subject. Craig has the heart of a teacher, and he enjoys helping his clients become the best that they can be as well as contributing to the advancement of the profession. He gives his clients his full and complete attention to help them find lasting solutions.

Education

Juris Doctor, cum laude, New England School of Law, May 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Furman University, May 1999

Foreign Study, University of South Carolina, Morelia, Mexico, Summer 1998

Integrative Health Coach Professional Training, Certification Course, Duke Integrative Medicine, April 2016

Integrative Health Coach Professional Training, Foundations Course, Duke Integrative Medicine, September 2014

Licenses and Certifications

New York State Bar, January 2005

Georgia State Bar, June 2011

South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator, January 2010

National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, October 2017

Certified Integrative Health Coach, Duke Integrative Medicine, April 2016

Professional Committees

Chair
National Ethics Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
June 2018 – Present

Subcommittee Member
Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)/Multi-Jurisdictional Practice (MJP) Subcommittee, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
May 2018 – Present

Member
National Fundamentals Online Course Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
February 2018 – Present

Vice-Chair
National Ethics Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
June 2016 – June 2018

Member
National Ethics Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
June 2014 – June 2016

Chair
Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee (Judicial Administrative District 1), State Bar of Georgia
2014 – 2017

Chair
Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee, AILA Georgia
2012 – 2015

APRL Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Public Protection in the Provision of Legal Services
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
August 2019 – August 2020

Publications

Contributor, AILA Ethics Compendium: Modern Legal Ethics for Immigration Lawyers (This book is a comprehensive reference guide to ethics for immigration lawyers, now over 700 pages and growing.)

Best Practices for Effective, Efficient and Ethical Attorney Communications, by Jason Abrams, Craig Dobson, Michael Patrick, and Tsui H. Yee, 21st Annual New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium Handbook (AILA 2019).

Charging What We Are Worth: Ethical Fees, by Ann Cun, Craig Dobson, Zulma Munoz, and Theodore Murphy, 2021 AILA Virtual Midwinter Conference Handbook (AILA 2021).

Speaking Engagements

Maintaining Your Sanity and an Ethical Practice in Times of Extreme Stress, AILA Philadelphia 2022 Virtual Conference, April 22, 2022

Why HER And Not ME? How YOU Can Be The Attorney Reporters Call, New York State Bar Association, April 9, 2022

Law Practice Management/Ethics , 2022 Georgia Alabama AILA Chapter Annual Conference “Lawyers at Work: Building a Stronger Immigration Bar,” March 24, 2022


Conflicts Identification and Problem Solving for All Practice Areas, American Bar Association, January 20, 2022

Basic Immigration Law 2021: Business, Family, Naturalization and Related Areas, Ethical Issues in Immigration Practice and How Best to Handle Complaints to Disciplinary Counsel, Practising Law Institute, February 4, 2021

Ethical Considerations and Legal Obligations During Remote Representation - The Intersection of Structural Racism, Implicit Bias and Legal Ethics, 10th Annual Ethics Program of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, January 25, 2021

Representing Children Advocating for Children in Immigration Proceedings: Challenges, Best Practices, and Ethical Dilemmas, AILA Philadelphia Chapter, January 21, 2021

How to Ethically Get Media Coverage as an Attorney, Lorman, December 8, 2020

Ethics and Practice Management: How the Ethics Rules are Infused Into Your Practice, 2020 NW Regional Immigration Law Conference, December 7, 2020

How to Ethically Introduce Yourself to Reporters and Speak About Your Practice, Cases and Other Matters, Practising Law Institute, November 18, 2020

Practicing Ethically During COVID-19, LexVid, October 10, 2020

Ethics for the Immigration Practitioner in Today's Changing World, LawLine, September 29, 2020

Current Developments in Ethics, AILA Indiana Chapter, September 24, 2020

Lawyering in the Time of COVID: The Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Deliberate Solos and the Law Library Association of Greater New York, September 16, 2020

Professionalism in Context: Examples and Approaches, Practising Law Institute, July 12, 2020

Ethics Discussion, AILA Latin America & Caribbean Chapter Annual Meeting, June 4, 2020

Ethics in the time of COVID-19, AILA Michigan Chapter, May 20, 2020

Is the Sky the Limit? Practice Tips for Keeping Your Fees in the Ethical Atmosphere, Lawline, May 14, 2020

Basic Immigration Law 2020: Business, Family, Naturalization and Related Areas, Ethical Issues in Immigration Practice, Practising Law Institute, February 13, 2020

Basic Immigration Law 2020: Business, Family, Naturalization and Related Areas, Practising Law Institute, February 6, 2020

Starting the Year Right: Establishing a Practice of Mindfulness and Well-Being for Competence, Clarity, and Compassion, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, January 21, 2020

Multijurisdictional Practice & State Unauthorized Practice Laws, Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education - Southeastern Business Law Institute 2019, November 1, 2019

Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Lawline, December 15, 2018

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