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April 2012 , Page 49 

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Book Review: Surviving Padilla: A Defender’s Guide to Advising Noncitizens on the Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Convictions

By Kara Hartzler

By Kara Hartzler 
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (2011) 
Reviewed by Gail Gianasi Natale 

Since the 2010 decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, when seven U.S. Supreme Court justices determined that “[i]t is quintessentially the duty of counsel to provide her client with available advice about an issue like deportation,” criminal defense attorneys with little or no immigration experience or knowledge may have felt overwhelmed.

Kara Hartzler has come to their rescue with her compact, useful guide to help defense attorneys navigate the land mines of immigration consequences to noncitizens. Hartzler, who heads the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, has been a valuable resource to countless Arizona practitioners. Her book now makes her guidance and advice available to all.

Hartzler’s Surviving Padilla outlines the consequences not only of whether the client is removable or inadmissible (she explains the difference between the two

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