Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:
A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Minnesota Council of Churches
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

October 23-24, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

Minnesota Council of Churches
122 W Franklin Ave. Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55404

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

This two-day training provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through large group presentations, skits, and small group exercises, participants learn about rights and remedies under immigration law, the functions of the different government agencies that carry out immigration law,
and the fundamentals of interviewing clients, preparing applications, and staying up-to-date on the law.  Topics covered include the family-based petition process, adjustment of status, consular processing, inadmissibility and deportability concepts and select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Debbie Smith.  

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Dinah Suncin. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.  

Note that this is an interactive training with several small group exercises included in the curriculum. Prior to the training, participants will receive an email with some short reading and worksheet assignments to be completed before the training starts. Participants will also have a homework assignment to complete for day two of the training.

The deadline for registration is October 16, 2012 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Dinah Suncin,

For the agenda and additional information, click here.
Training Location: The training will take place at the Minnesota Council of Churches.  There are paid parking lots in the vicinity.
Lodging Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $129.00 per night plus tax at the following hotel under the name “Catholic Legal Immigration Network.” Make reservations early, the special rate will be held until September 24th.
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-332-6000 (ask for in-house reservations)

Transportation from the airport to the hotel is available through the light rail system at the airport, supershuttle, or a taxi.
The hotel is close to the training site and a pedestrian shopping district with many restaurants and stores.


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