Attorney Patrick Wake was disbarred by the Board of Immigration Appeals on June 27, 2023. This action was taken due to his failure to submit a timely response to the allegations outlined in the joint notice of intent to discipline filed by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The allegations were in connection to his suspension in the State of Colorado.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Patrick Wake.”
The Supreme Court of Colorado suspended the respondent from practicing law for one year and one day due to misconduct. Following this, the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly petitioned for the respondent’s immediate suspension from practicing before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration Courts, and DHS. The petition was granted, and the same was suspended from practicing before these bodies pending the final disposition of the proceeding. Mr. Wake was required to notify clients with pending cases about the suspension maintain records to demonstrate compliance, and make the notice available to the public, including at immigration courts and DHS offices.
The respondent failed to file a timely response to the allegations in the joint notice of intent to discipline, resulting in an admission of the allegations. As a consequence, the proposed sanction of disbarment from practicing before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration Courts, and DHS was ordered to take effect immediately, considering the respondent’s prior disbarment in Colorado.
The filing states:
“The respondent was required to file a timely answer to the allegations contained in the Joint Notice of Intent to Discipline but has failed to do so. 8 C.F.R. 1003.105(d)(I ). The respondent’s failure to file a response within the time prescribed in the Joint Notice of Intent to Discipline constitutes an admission of the allegations therein. and the respondent is now precluded from requesting a hearing on the matter. 8 C.F.R. )-(2).”
The Disposition states:
“ORDER: The Board hereby disbars the respondent from practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS. effective immediately. FURTHER ORDER: The respondent must maintain compliance with the directives set forth in our prior order. The respondent must notify the Board of any further disciplinary action against him.”
Mr. Wake, who is licensed to practice law in Wyoming but not in Colorado, maintained an immigration law practice in Aurora. His info can be found on avvo.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.