Beginning in January 2018, the IAD will modify its scheduling practices. Instead of calling or faxing counsel directly, as had previously been the case, the IAD will email counsel with a date for a hearing or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) conference. If counsel is unavailable on the proposed date, they will then have two business days to offer alternative dates. Email communication will then become the default means of contact with counsel for scheduling purposes in all regions.
There is no change to how unrepresented appellants are scheduled. Notices to Appear will still be sent to all parties once the date has been confirmed.
Here is a more elaborate explanation to understand the full implications of the new practice and how it is applied.