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Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

May 3-4, 2016

Location: Alston and Bird, LLP

One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree St NW #4900, Atlanta, GA 30309


$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $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


Register Here


How do I advise my noncitizen client about the immigration consequences of a negotiated plea versus going to trial?  My immigration client wants to naturalize, but he has a criminal history.  Should he apply? What are the effects of a conviction on an asylum applicant? 

Participants in this course will learn the concepts necessary to evaluate the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction from the practical viewpoint of several different practice settings.  Topics covered include understanding your client’s immigration status, obtaining and evaluating the record of conviction, the criminal grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, the analytical approach used by courts to compare the Immigration and Nationality Act to the laws of the 50 states, criminal bars to immigration applications, and the advent of prosecutorial discretion. 

Participants will also learn about the ethical duties of criminal defense and immigration counsel when advising clients in this complex area of law.  Finally, the course will end with a series of practical exercises in which the analytical tools learned throughout the course are applied in both client counseling and litigation.

We're excited to announce that we'll be joined by Dan Kesselbrenner, executive director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and author of Immigration Law and Crimes


Who Should Attend This Training?

This course is ideal for criminal attorneys who represent noncitizens, immigration practitioners with clients who have a criminal history, and pro bono attorneys who are interested in this exciting area of the law.  All experience levels are welcome.



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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc.


Latin American Association


March 13-14, 2014

8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Day One

8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two



Blackburn Conference Center

John Marshall Law School

1405 Spring St.

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 872-3593


Application for Georgia CLE Credit Pending*


$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


Register Here


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 Tatyana Delgado, Ilissa Mira and Susan Schreiber.

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 your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Jonathan Cochrane-Braswell. 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.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is March 12th or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Jonathan Cochrane-Braswell at For the agenda and additional information, click here.


Training Site: The John Marshall Law School is located in downtown Atlanta.  For driving directions, check the Law School website at  If you are using public transportation, take the MARTA to the Arts Center Station.    

Hotel Reservations:

There are a number of hotels within a mile of the training site, including the following:  

  • Artmore Hotel, 1302 W. Peachtree St. NW (404-876-6100) (.3 miles)
  • Residence Inn - Atlanta Midtown,  1365 W. Peachtree St. NW (404-522-0950) (.4 miles)
  • Marriot Atlanta Midtown Suites, 35 14th St. NE (404 -876-8888) (.6 miles)
  • Hyatt Atlanta Midtown, 125 10th Street NE (404-443-1234) (1 mile)


You can contact these or other hotels directly or look for reduced rates on travel websites. 


*Georgia attorneys seeking CLE credit will be charged $5.00 per credit hour payable to CLINIC, which CLINIC will then pay to the State Bar


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