Jacek Pawka v. Eric Holder, Jr.


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [09-60377 Affirmed ] Judge: PEH , Judge: JES , Judge: CH Mandate pull date is 11/04/2010; denying as moot motion for stay of deportation filed by Petitioner Mr. Jacek Pawka [6455908-2] [09-60377]

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Jacek Pawka v. Eric Holder, Jr. Doc. 0 Case: 09-60377 Document: 00511231231 Page: 1 Date Filed: 09/13/2010 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED N o . 09-60377 S u m m a r y Calendar September 13, 2010 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk J A C E K PAWKA, P e titio n e r v. E R I C H. HOLDER, JR., U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, R espon dent P e tit io n for Review of an Order of the B o a r d of Immigration Appeals B I A No. A029 948 329 B e fo r e HIGGINBOTHAM, SMITH, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges. P E R CURIAM:* J a c e k Pawka, a native and citizen of Poland, petitions this court for review o f the decision of the Bureau of Immigration Affairs (BIA) denying his second m o t io n to reopen his 1991 deportation proceedings held in absentia. E v e n if Pawka has met the requirement that his motion be based upon m a t e r ia l evidence that he could not have previously discovered, see 8 C.F.R. 1003.2(c)(1), his petition lacks merit. Although he claims that he failed to r e c e iv e notice of the 1991 hearing, Pawka does not deny that his then-attorney, Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Dockets.Justia.com Case: 09-60377 Document: 00511231231 Page: 2 No. 09-60377 Date Filed: 09/13/2010 M ik e Herrera, received notice of it; adequate notice on Herrera constituted a d e q u a t e notice on Pawka. See 8 C.F.R. 292.5(a); Men Keng Chang v. Jiungi, 6 6 9 F.2d 275, 277 (5th Cir. 1982); Matter of Barocio, 19 I.&N. Dec. 255, 259 (BIA 1 9 8 5 ). P a w k a 's claims that Herrera failed to notify him of the 1991 hearing, d e s p it e his attempts to recast them in terms of notice, allege ineffective a s s is t a n c e by Herrera such that Pawka was required to satisfy the requirements s e t forth in Matter of Lozada, 19 I&N Dec. 637 (BIA 1988),1 to succeed on his m o t io n . See Lara v. Trominski, 216 F.3d 487, 496 (5th Cir. 2000). As he has fa ile d to brief his assertion that he satisfied the Lozada requirements, including t h e requirement that he file an affidavit setting forth in sufficient detail the p a r a m e t e r s of his attorney-client relationship with Herrera, he has abandoned t h e claim. See FED. R. APP. P. 28(a)(9)(A); Soadjede v. Ashcroft, 324 F.3d 830, 8 3 3 (5th Cir. 2003). Accordingly, he has failed to show that the BIA abused its c o n s id e r a b le discretion by denying the motion for failure to comply with Lozada. See Lara, 216 F.3d at 496-98. To the extent that Pawka bases his claim on a la c k of notice due to an incorrect address, we likewise find no abuse of discretion in the BIA's resolution of the issue. See Zhao v. Gonzales, 404 F.3d 295, 303 (5th C ir . 2005). His argument that his due process rights were violated by the denial Lozada requires that an alien filing a motion to reopen based on ineffective assistance of counsel: (1) submit an affidavit setting forth in detail the agreement entered into with former counsel regarding the actions to be taken on the alien's behalf and what counsel did or did not represent to the alien in this regard; (2) inform counsel of the allegations and allow him an opportunity to respond -- any response or report of counsel's failure or refusal to respond should be submitted with the motion; and (3) state whether a complaint had been filed with the appropriate disciplinary authority if counsel's handling of the case involved a violation of legal or ethical responsibilities. Lozada, 19 I. & N. Dec. at 639. The Lozada framework has been questioned but remains good law. See In re Compean, 24 I. & N. Dec. 710, 725-27(BIA 2009)(overruling portions of Lozada and concluding that no constitutional right to counsel or effective assistance of counsel exists in immigration proceedings), vacated by In re Compean, 25 I. & N. Dec. 1, 3 (BIA 2009) (initiating rule-making and instructing the agency to "apply the pre-Compean standards to all pending and future motions to reopen based upon ineffective assistance of counsel, regardless of when such motions were filed"). 1 2 Case: 09-60377 Document: 00511231231 Page: 3 No. 09-60377 Date Filed: 09/13/2010 is foreclosed. See Gomez-Palacios v. Holder, 560 F.3d 354, 361 n.2 (5th Cir. 2 0 0 9 ). Pawka's petition for review is DENIED and his motion for stay is DENIED A S MOOT. 3

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