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Overview of Immigration Law and Skills

E-learning Course:

Overview of Immigration Law and Skills

April 18 – May 16, 2013 

$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

   $225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$325 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn key concepts and remedies in immigration law and the functions of the different government agencies that carry out the law.  Topics covered will include introductory immigration concepts; an overview of family-based immigration; an overview of obtaining permanent residence status; and inadmissibility and deportability concepts.   The course will also cover client interviewing techniques, methods for conducting legal research and staying up-to-date on the law and how to deal with ethical issues in the practice of immigration law.    

This course involves a blend of self-directed learning and interaction with both the instructors and the other course participants. Students learn by taking part in weekly live webinars, completing reading assignments, exercises and activities each week; and sharing ideas with each other in online discussion forums. The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week, and most of the course work may be done by students on their own schedules. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend each live webinar at the scheduled time, but all webinars are recorded and posted on the course website, and may be accessed by course participants who are unable to attend a particular webinar.  

The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Kristina Karpinski. For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org.

Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.  

Additionally, please note that the course is geared toward individuals who have little to no prior immigration law experience.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  

Registration: 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 Andres Abella. 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. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is April 12, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

E-learning Course:
Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes  

October 11 – November 29, 2012

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies

$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize?  Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident?  Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.?   And can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?

Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber.

EST starting on October 11.  Each webinar lasts approximately ninety minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  In addition to the weekly webinars, the e-learning course provides a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample case files to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so. 

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration consequences of crimes for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.   Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of all course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.   Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or a set of headphones for your computer.  There will not be a telephone audio option.

Technical Requirements:  Our e-learning webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. You can listen to the webinars through your computer speakers by plugging headphones into your computer. There will not be a telephone audio option. 

Registration: 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 Andres Abella. 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. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form,

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is October 5 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

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All About Lying: Immigration Consequences of Willful Misrepresentations

February 13, 2012 
All About Lying: Immigration Consequences of Willful Misrepresentations

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time     
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time 

Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

One client applied for a tourist visa and failed to disclose that her USC spouse already resided here. Another client entered into a sham marriage to get legal status but then decided it was a bad idea and got divorced. Still another client, desperate for work authorization, signed a fraudulent application for asylum prepared by a notario. A fourth client obtained a state ID by using a fake USC birth certificate.  And client number five presented a fake passport and visa for her two-year old daughter to enter the U.S.  What are the different immigration consequences of misrepresentations?  And can they be overcome?  Join CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber to review the various ways that immigration law addresses misrepresentations, and strategies and waivers to defend against or overcome adverse consequences.

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org

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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes  

March 15 – April 26, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the seven webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies


   $295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff


$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize?  Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident?  Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.?   And can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?

Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records.

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the six weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in seven webinars conducted on consecutive Thursdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at sschreiber@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level: Introductory.  This is an introduction to immigration consequences of crimes for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with

(a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 

Course Completion Requirements: Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or view recordings of any webinars they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

Technical Requirements:  Our e-learning webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect. You can listen to the webinars through your computer speakers by plugging headphones into your computer. There will not be a telephone audio option. 

Registration: 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  Andrés Abella. 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.  Please note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 1, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 9.5 hours of MCLE credits based on the webinar component of this e-learning course.  If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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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) and
Catholic Charities of Central Florida

 January 25-26, 2012
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

Location

Diocese of Orlando
Chancery Building
50 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 246-480

Approved for 15 Florida CLE Credits

$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 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 Andres Abella. 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 January 17 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Andres Abella, aabella@cliniclegal.org

                        For the agenda and additional information, click here

Hotel Reservations:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel, 400 West Livingston Street, Orlando FL 32801, www.orlandosheratondowntown.com, 407-843-6664.  The group rate is $119/night.  The cut-off date for this special rate is January 3, 2012.  When you call to reserve a room, the group name is “CLINIC.”  The hotel is about an 8-minute walk from the training site.

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Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and
Catholic Charities of Portland

November 15 - 16, 2011

 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Day One
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Day Two

Location:

Catholic Charities of Portland
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 542-2855

$250 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $750 cap for 3 staff ($65 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$275 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $825 cap for 3 staff
($65 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$405 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Continental breakfast and lunch is included. 

This intensive two-day training will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. The trainers will discuss the concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records.  The training will focus on crimes involving moral turpitude, drug and domestic violence offenses and aggravated felonies among other categories of crimes.  Through the use of both lecture and exercises, participants will learn how to analyze the potential immigration consequences of criminal convictions or certain criminal conduct.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith.

Is This Training Right for You?

This is an introductory training on immigration consequences of crimes designed for the practitioner who has a background in immigration law but is new to this area. This training is also appropriate for criminal attorneys seeking to learn about immigration consequences of crimes. For more information about CLINIC’s training classifications, see our website.

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 Chris Ozaki. 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.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is November 9, 2011 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information call: Chris Ozaki 415-394-9371

Click here for a draft agenda.

Location information: 

Street parking is available and there is a city parking lot adjacent to the west side of the building. The training site is located in Southeast Portland, across the street from Cleveland High School, just east of the SE 26th St. and SE Powell Blvd. intersection.  The training site is accessible from downtown via the #9 bus towards either 98th & Powell or the Gresham TC. The stop is at SE 26th & Powell.

We suggest you look for hotels using a service such as hotwire or expedia. 

 

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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

   Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:

A Course for New Practitioners

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Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
and
Catholic Charities of Louisville

 

October 18- 19, 2011
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Day One
8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

 

Location:

Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S. Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502 582 2971


$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.  Application for CLE credits pending. The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski 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 you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 415-394-8696 to the attention of Chris Ozaki. 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 13 or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information call Chris Ozaki at 415-394-9371.

 

                        For the agenda and additional information, click here.

 

Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms is being held at the Galt House, located at 140 North Fourth St, about .75 miles from the training site. The room rate is $109.00 per night single or double occupancy, plus tax. To make a reservation, contact the hotel by September 30. at 800-843-4258 and ask for the group block under Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  You may also arrange transportation to and from the airport to the hotel at a cost of $15 one-way, $25 round-trip by contacting Galt House or the Sandollar Limousine at www.sandollarlimo.com. You can also check on public transportation options at ridetarc.com

Training Location and Parking: The training will take place in the Undercroft of the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville.  Parking is available at the Fourth Street Live Garage at 425 South Fifth Street. The entrance to the garage is on Fifth Street between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty St, and the maximum daily fee is $10.00.

 

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Keeping Up with CSPA

Keeping Up with CSPA 


September 8, 2011


 


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues
 


 


Now that the Child Status Protection Act has been part of our immigration law for nine years, you probably know all the basics:  locking in immediate relative status; making adjusted age calculations for second preference beneficiaries and derivatives; and satisfying the one-year filing requirements.   But there are several new twists and updates on the CSPA front that you should be aware of.  For example, are you familiar with:

· The three new federal court decisions interpreting the CSPA's effective date, attaching the original priority date to an aged-out derivative beneficiary, and what it means to seek LPR status within a year of visa availability?
· The new CIS policy allowing an F-2A beneficiary to retain CSPA protection if the parent naturalizes after the beneficiary turns 21?
· Strategies to retain CSPA protection if the priority date retrogresses?
· New guidance from CIS about how the CSPA operates when the aging out principal or derivative beneficiary is a surviving relative?

If this sounds like something you haven't heard about yet, join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler for a webinar on recent CSPA developments.


 
Non-affiliates, register by clicking here.


 


Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required). 


 


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

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Prosecutorial Discretion: What it Is and How and When to Use It

Prosecutorial Discretion: What it Is and How and When to Use It


August 16, 2011


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues


Please join us for a webinar on "Prosecutorial Discretion: What it Is and How and When to Use It" on August 16, 2011. This webinar will examine the June 17, 2011 Morton Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion, including what prosecutorial discretion may provide, how to evaluate circumstances in which it may be appropriate, and what recent ICE practice is in light of the Memo.  The trainers for this webinar are Mary Kenney, Senior Attorney at the American Immigration Counsel (AIC), and author of the practice admivsory, "Prosecutorial Discretion: How to Advocate for your Client",  and Debbie Smith, Attorney at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). 


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar. 


 Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.


Click here for complimentary webinar registration (log in required)

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