Xavier James Vega - #94403
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
523 W 6th St Ste 552
Los Angeles, CA 90014
|Phone Number:||(213) 489-2119|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Stanford Univ; Stanford CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Santa Clara Univ SOL; Santa Clara CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|12/16/1980||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
Disciplinary and Related Actions
|5/4/2008||Discipline, probation; no actual susp.||05-O-01314|
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
State Bar Court Cases
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California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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May 4, 2008
XAVIER JAMES VEGA [#94403], 53, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect May 4, 2008.Vega stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently in two immigration matters. He also failed to keep the client apprised of developments in one of the matters.In both cases the clients had hired non-lawyers to help them obtain legal status in the U.S.; when their applications were denied, they turned to Vega.The first case involved a Guatemalan mother and her son. The mother’s two brothers and a nephew had been assassinated and two daughters suffered trauma at the hands of a family member. Vega did not interview either client for more than 10 minutes prior to an INS hearing and ultimately withdrew both applications for asylum without presenting any evidence of the hardships endured by the family. Although the court cancelled the removal order for the mother, it said the son had to return to Guatemala. Vega promised to appeal but did not do so. The cancellation of the mother’s removal also was reversed on appeal. A new lawyer won a finding by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals that the clients’ cases were prejudiced due to ineffective assistance of counsel. Their matters were remanded to immigration court.In the second case, Vega appeared before the immigration court without having met or spoken to a husband and wife whose asylum applications were denied. Although the judge told Vega the couple might be eligible to have their removal orders cancelled, he never pursued the suggestion. He also never submitted any supporting documents, despite a court-ordered continuance giving him an opportunity to pursue the case.The clients’ application was eventually denied for failure to prosecute. In mitigation, Vega has no prior discipline record.