TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 16, 2018
On Oct. 15, Davidson County lawyer Wendell Cornelius Dawson received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Dawson represented a client applying for cancellation of removal before the immigration court. Although Dawson presented documentation to the court concerning his client’s presence in the United States, he failed to call any witnesses other than his client at the final hearing to satisfy the significant burden of showing exceptional and extremely unusual hardship. Likewise, he did not diligently represent his client in his appeal. He did not meet with his client to discuss the appeal, and his brief was one page in which he generally argued, without citations to authority or the record, that his client had testified to his presence in the country and the hardship his children would suffer if he were removed from the United States.