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Court Skills Training For CDSS Contractors

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CLINIC invites California Department of Social Services Contractors to apply to participate in an intensive, in-person, hands-on experience led by CLINIC faculty and a retired Immigration Judge. CLINIC faculty will lead large group presentations and demonstrations on case assessment, direct examination, cross-examination, redirect examination, making objections, and presenting closing arguments. Participants will perform these skills in small groups and receive feedback on the performance.

CLINIC is offering two court skills trainings for CDSS contractors: one in Orange Co. and the other in San Francisco, as described below. Each of the two in-person court skills trainings will be conducted over a two-and-a-half-day period. Selected participants must agree to be present during the entire two-and-a-half-day period, which means arriving on time and not leaving early without prior approval.

Prior to the in-person training, participants must:

  • View webinars on removal proceedings that will be posted on CLINIC’s e-learning website;
  • Observe or conduct an individual hearing in immigration court before the in-person court skills training;
  • Review training materials, including a sample non-LPR cancellation case file; and
  • Complete a case assessment homework assignment, which is due Monday, November 4th for those selected for the training in Orange County. The due date for those selected for the training in San Francisco is TBD.

Selected participants should plan on spending up to 20 hours of preparation work in advance of the in-person training.

Orange County Training

Dates: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 1PM-5PM; Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 9AM-5PM; and Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 9AM-5PM

Location: Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Orange
13280 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

San Francisco Training

Dates: Monday, December 16, 2019 - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Location: The Women's Building
3543 18th St. #8, San Francisco, CA 94110

Registration Deadline: TBD

To apply for this training, please complete and submit the application form. Failure to complete the required fields will result in automatic placement on the waitlist.

There is no fee for the in-person training, but selected participants must cover their own travel, lodging, and dinner expenses. CLINIC will provide breakfast and lunch on the second and third days of the training. Selected participants who cancel after on or after 12PM EST on Monday, November 4, 2019, will incur a $150 cancellation fee.

If you have any questions about the training, email CLINIC Training at

Apply Here for Orange County Training

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019


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