Antonio Salazar operated in a field with little oversight.
It took 20 years of complaints by clients, but immigration attorney Antonio Salazar has finally been disbarred.
The state Supreme Court yesterday issued the order, putting an end to the legal career of one of the first Latino attorneys in the state, one who continually missed deadlines and failed to perform the work he promised. As a result, clients lost their legal status in this country--sometimes without even knowing it--or, worse, were deported. (See SW's cover story of two weeks ago.)
His record speaks to a larger problem in immigration law, a field with little oversight, Byzantine regulations and desperate clients.
Washington State Bar Association spokesperson Judy Berrett says the bar is still working on a plan to help Salazar's many clients who will now be left hanging. As for Salazar himself, perhaps he'll be devoting more time to his business putting out racy calendars of "Seattle Latinas."