On Monday, December 18, 2023, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ordered the immediate suspension of immigration attorney Samuel C. Beale from practicing before immigration courts, the BIA, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The case is entitled “In the Matter of Samuel C. Beale.”
On September 21, 2023, an agreement was reached between the Investigatory Panel 12-2, District 12, Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas, and Beale regarding a disciplinary action. Beale was ordered to be suspended from practicing law for one year, starting from November 1, 2023, and ending on October 31, 2024. However, the suspension was partially probated, meaning that certain terms and conditions were set for Beale to fulfill. The judgment stated that Beale would be actively suspended for one month, from November 1 to November 30, 2023. If Beale complies with the specified terms and conditions within the agreed timeframe, they will enter into an 11-month period of probated suspension, starting on December 1, 2023, and ending on October 31, 2024. If Beale fails to comply with the terms and conditions within the designated time, he will remain actively suspended until they fulfill the requirements or until October 31, 2024, whichever comes first.
In response to the Texas suspension, the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and DHS jointly filed a petition on November 20, 2023, calling for Mr. Beale’s immediate interim suspension from federal immigration practice.
In a December 18, 2023, order, the BIA granted the government’s petition to suspend Mr. Beale until the conclusion of ongoing disciplinary proceedings. The order requires Mr. Beale to inform any clients with pending immigration cases of his suspension. It also dictates that records be kept to show compliance and that notice of the suspension be made public. Mr. Beale must now cease practicing immigration law in both state and federal forums until further disciplinary actions are fully resolved.
The Disposition states:
“The petition is granted, and the respondent is hereby suspended from the practice of law before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS, pending final disposition of this proceeding.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Beale is an immigration attorney in Houston, Texas. He attended the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, graduating in 1986. He acquired hi law license in Texas in 1990.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.