Recordings of Webinar Series:
CLINIC Affiliates: $140
Other nonprofit agency staff: $240
Private Attorneys and Staff: $320
NOTE: Your access to the recordings will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 6, 2019.
The immigration of children often involves complicated situations. In this webinar series, we will examine multiple issues critical to the eligibility of children to immigrate, including establishing the parent-child relationship for children born out of wedlock, preserving child status through the Child Status Protection Act and qualifying as a derivative beneficiary. We will also examine special ethical concerns related to the representation of minors.
The trainers for this webinar series are members of CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section:
- Sarah Bronstein, Senior Attorney
- Martin Gauto, Senior Attorney
- Kristina Karpinski, Senior Attorney
- Susan Schreiber, Managing Attorney
- Charles Wheeler, Director
Webinar One: Establishing a Parent-Child Relationship When a Child is Born out of Wedlock
Recorded on July 11, 2019
Establishing a father-child relationship can be complicated when the child is born out of wedlock. How do you determine whether the child has been legitimated? What evidence must you submit to prove it? If legitimation is not an option, what do you need to do to establish that the father and child have a bona fide parent-child relationship? And, where applicable, can you avoid the issue entirely by having a stepparent petition for the child? This webinar will explored challenges and best practices in proving a father-child relationship when a child is born to unmarried parents. The presenters for this webinar were CLINIC Attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler.
Webinar Two: Ethical Issues in the Representation of Children
Recorded on July 18, 2019
What should you do when your derivative child client wants to keep inadmissibility information away from his parent, who is also your client? What should you do when a child is eligible for U status but has a parent who does not want him/her to proceed with the case? This webinar explored common ethical challenges that arise in the course of representing children, using the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a guide. Topics included competency and capacity, joint representation, conflicts of interest related to social workers and parents, and others. Much of the webinar was dedicated to analyzing real case scenarios. The presenters for this webinar were CLINIC Attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Martin Gauto.
Webinar Three: Child Status Protection Act
Recorded on July 25, 2019
After 13 years of waiting, your client’s F-4 priority date is now current. Can your client’s 23- and 25-year-old sons still qualify as derivatives? What about your F-2A derivative client who aged-out—do you need to file a new I-130 so that he/she can convert to F-2B status? Although the Child Status Protection Act has been around for 17 years, there are still many complicated scenarios and even unanswered questions about how the law works and the procedures to follow, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and at the consulate abroad, to protect your client. This webinar explored all aspects of the CSPA as it affects principal and derivative beneficiaries, asylee and refugee derivatives, and VAWA self-petitioners and derivatives. The presenters for this webinar were CLINIC Attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler.
Webinar Four: All about Derivative Beneficiaries
Recorded on August 1, 2019
If you represent clients immigrating through family- or employment-based preference categories, you know that derivative beneficiaries are often in the picture, at the onset or as the case proceeds. How long can a derivative beneficiary retain his or her status? If you stop being a derivative based on marriage, can you regain derivative status if you divorce? What are the pros and cons of filing separate F-2A petitions for a spouse and children? This webinar examined the many issues that arise in cases involving derivative beneficiaries, including the impact of age, marital status, death of the petitioner or principal beneficiary, and eligibility for 245(i) adjustment of status. The presenters for this webinar were CLINIC Attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Charles Wheeler.