On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the Executive Office for Immigration Review Board of Immigration Appeals suspended Audrey A. Thomas from practicing before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Department of Homeland Security due to being disbarred in New York for unspecified misconduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Audrey A. Thomas,” with case no. D2024-0011.

According to documents, Thomas had been disbarred from practicing law in New York by the state’s Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department on November 9, 2022. In response to this disciplinary action, the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Disciplinary Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security jointly petitioned the Board of Immigration Appeals for Thomas’ suspension on February 1, 2024.

In its order, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted the government’s petition to suspend Thomas pending the final resolution of disciplinary proceedings. The panel of appellate immigration judges cited a regulation that allows for the immediate suspension of a practitioner who has lost their license to practice law in any state or federal court.

As a result of the suspension, Thomas must now notify any clients with ongoing immigration cases that she can no longer represent them before the immigration courts or government agencies involved. Documentation will also need to be maintained regarding such notifications.

Additionally, the order provides that notice of Thomas’ suspension will be made public at the immigration courts and appropriate Department of Homeland Security offices. The Board of Immigration Appeals stated it may lift the suspension in the future if good cause can be demonstrated that it would be in the interest of justice to do so.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Audrey A. Thomas was a criminal defense attorney in Rosedale, New York. She attended St. John’s University School of Law and acquired her law license in New York in 2002.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.