Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
||Tuesday, August 9, 2011
EOIR Announces Latest Disciplinary Actions Under Rules of Professional Conduct
Four Attorneys Receive Final Orders
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has recently taken disciplinary action against four attorneys for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for immigration attorneys and representatives.
EOIR announces these disciplinary actions to inform the public about attorneys and representatives who are no longer authorized to represent clients before an immigration tribunal. These names will be added to the list of disciplined immigration attorneys and representatives, which is available at http://www.justice.gov/eoir/profcond/chart.htm. The list includes links to immediate suspension orders, final orders, and reinstatement orders issued in each disciplinary case.
Disciplinary proceedings begin when the Office of the General Counsel of either EOIR or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, files a Petition for Immediate Suspension and/or a Notice of Intent to Discipline with EOIR's Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The disciplinary action can result in the public censure, suspension, or expulsion of an attorney or representative before the immigration courts, the BIA, and DHS. Before a suspended or expelled attorney can resume the practice of law before the immigration courts, the BIA, or DHS, the BIA must reinstate that attorney.
EOIR has recently taken the following disciplinary actions:
Final Orders of Discipline
- James D. Christo: A final order of July 26, 2011, expels Mr. Christo from practice before immigration tribunals based on his conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Michael Primont: A final order of July 28, 2011, expels Mr. Primont from practice before immigration tribunals, effective July 7, 2011, based on his consent to disbarment in Washington state.
- Terry W. Rombough: A final order of July 28, 2011, suspends Mr. Rombough from practice before immigration tribunals for five years, effective Feb. 23, 2011, based on his disbarment in Texas.
- Frank P. Sprouls: A final order of July 28, 2011, suspends Mr. Sprouls from practice before immigration tribunals for 90 days, effective April 29, 2011, based on his 90-day suspension in California.
The Rules of Professional Conduct appear in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations
(8 C.F.R. '' 1003 and 1292). They include provisions specifying grounds for disciplinary action, requirements for receiving and investigating complaints, and procedures for conducting hearings. The rules also authorize the BIA to suspend immediately an attorney or representative who has been subject to disbarment, suspension or resignation with an admission of misconduct as imposed by a federal or state court, or who has been convicted of a serious crime, pending a summary proceeding and final sanction. The Rules of Professional Conduct are available at
Additional information about the Attorney Discipline Program can be found at http://www.justice.gov/eoir/press/00/profcond.htm and http://www.justice.gov/eoir/press/09/AttorneyDisciplineFactSheet.pdf.
- EOIR -
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of
Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration
judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate
immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s
immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration
courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born
individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with
violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or
should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this
country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of
decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative
Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is
committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.