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Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Immigration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

February 25 – 26, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Day One

8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Day Two

 

Location:

Adams and Reese LLP

One Shell Square, 45th Floor

701 Poydras St, Suite 4500

New Orleans, LA 70139

 

$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

 

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 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 selected grounds, naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and BIA recognition and accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Ilissa Mira.

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 email a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Jon Braswell at: jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org. 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. An application for Louisiana CLE credit is pending.

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

 

Space is limited so register early. The deadline for registration is February 18, 2016 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at: jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org

 

For the training agenda, click here

 

 

Training Location and Lodging

 

Adams and Reese LLP is located in downtown New Orleans  A number of hotels in the downtown and French Quarter areas are a reasonable distance from the training site.  We’ve listed several nearby hotels for your convenience.  You may contact them directly for information on rates and booking.  We also recommend that you visit discount travel websites, such as priceline.com or hotels.com, to look for additional accommodation options at reduced rates.

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

  • Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue, 333 Saint Charles Avenue, (504) 378-2800 (.1 miles)
  • Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans, 820 Poydras Street, (504) 529-7800 (.1 miles)
  • Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter, 821 Gravier Street, (504) 324-6000 (.3 miles)
  • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, (504) 525-2500 (.4 miles)
  • The Blake Hotel New Orleans, 500 Saint Charles Avenue (504) 522-9000 (.4 miles)
  • Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown, 330 Loyola Avenue (504) 581-1600 (.5 miles)

 

 

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E-learning Course: Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

November 1 – December 13, 2016

$295 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$320 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$450 per person for private attorneys and staff

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This six-week training 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 the following: introductory immigration concepts; an overview of family-based immigration; an overview of obtaining permanent residence status; inadmissibility and deportability concepts; overview of removal proceedings; naturalization and citizenship; and other immigration benefits, such as relief for victims of crime and domestic violence, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The course will also incorporate legal research exercises and ethical issues in the practice of immigration law. 

 

The course starts on November 1 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, and quizzes.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The course also includes six live webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern starting on Thursday, November 8.   Each webinar is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  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.  A course outline will be available on the CLINIC website by Oct. 1.

  

The instructors for this course are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Charles Wheeler.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.  

 

Training Level: Introductory

This is an introduction to immigration law practice course is geared toward individuals who have little to no prior immigration law experience.

Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.

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 email a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Jon Braswell at jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org. 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.

 

CLE FOR ATTORNEY PARTICIPANTS

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings.  California attorneys participating in this course are eligible to claim CLE credit based on the number of webinars attended or viewed in this 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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In-Person Training: Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

September 24-25, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  – Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Day Two

 

Location:

Catholic Charities of Dallas

1st Floor Conference Room

9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, Texas 75243
214-634-7182 x228

$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

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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 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 selected grounds, citizenship and naturalization, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and BIA recognition and accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Jennifer Riddle.

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 (510) 272-2734 to the attention of Jon 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. 

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

 

Space is limited to 60 participants. The deadline for registration is September 21, 2015 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at:jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org.

 

Training Location and Parking: Catholic Charities is located on the northeast corner of intersection of the LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building.  Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot.

 

Lodging Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $95 plus tax at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Park Central, 9089 Vantage Point Drive, Dallas, TX  75243.  For reservations, call the hotel at 972-889-9972, and ask for the “CLINIC” rate of $95.

 

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Basics of Religious Immigration Law

 

August 12, 2015

9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

 

Location:

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc

8757 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, Maryland

20910

 

Registration is $100

Register Here

 

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Religious Immigration Services (RIS) Section of CLINIC will be hosting a one-day Legal Workshop Training on Religious Immigration Law.

This one-day legal workshop will cover various basic concepts in immigration law and religious immigration law including the R1 Religious Worker Visa, I-129 Petitions, Permanent Residence, I-360 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, and much more.

Space is limited. Register early.

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Webinar: Affidavits of Support - From Basic to Advanced Issues

 

Monday, June 22nd

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time

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

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Almost all family-based and some employment-based petitioners must file the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support to show the intending immigrant is not likely to become a public charge. In this webinar we will discuss issues related to the affidavit of support, including financial eligibility requirements, measuring household size and income, use of assets and joint sponsors, obligations of sponsors, and exceptions to the filing requirements.

 

Join CLINIC Attorneys Charles Wheeler and Kristina Karpinski as we discuss these and other related matters.

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E-learning Course: Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law

 

New Accelerated E-Learning!!

Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law:
A Course for New Practitioners

March  9, 2015 – April 26, 2015


$450 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
  $495 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$575 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Register Here

 

If you want to learn about immigration law and are ready for a new, accelerated e-learning experience, CLINIC’s latest e-course, Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law, was designed with you in mind.

This intensive six-week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of core immigration law concepts as well as the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. This course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to be an effective immigration practitioner, and establish the training background to support an application for BIA accreditation. 

 

View a detailed course outline

 

Course Structure: Each week of the course includes two units, and each unit focuses on a specific theme.  Each of the 12 units will consist of a live webinar and a set of self-directed activities, which include readings, exercises and a quiz.The course concludes with an open-book final exam which students have two weeks to complete. Course instruction is provided by expert immigration law attorneys from CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section. 

Who Should take this Course?: This course is appropriate for the new practitioner who is prepared to make the time commitment required to fully participate in this course and complete course requirements. This course has an accelerated pace, meeting twice per week, and, consequently, covers more material in six weeks than our standard introductory course. The webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules.

If you have the time to devote to this learning experience, then this course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to You may otherwise prefer to take our standard Introduction to Immigration Law Practice course along with other courses, to have a well-rounded immigration law background.

 

Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar and (b) complete each weekly course quiz.   You have up to 30 days after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.

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 (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon 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. 

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 March 9th  or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at jcbraswell@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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Webinar: All About LPRs and Travel Abroad

 

 

Thursday, March 26th

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time

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

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What are the legal concerns that may arise if your lawful permanent resident client travels abroad? When may an absence be construed as abandonment of residency? What if your LPR client has a child born abroad, or is traveling with an LPR card that expires during her absence? What can your client do if he knows in advance that he needs to be outside the U.S. for a year or more? And what can an LPR do who is abroad and no longer wishes to be an LPR? In this webinar, CLINIC attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber will review the variety of legal issues and complications related to LPR travel.

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Webinar: All About Cubans

 

Friday, February 27th

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time

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

 

President Obama recently moved to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba by lifting trade restrictions and softening the travel ban. How will these efforts affect Cubans currently in the United States and those planning on coming? In this webinar we will review special eligibility rules for parole, employment authorization, and adjustment of status for Cubans and their dependents under the Cuban Adjustment Act. We will cover bars to adjustment, common grounds of inadmissibility, and waiver eligibility. We will also discuss the sunset provision of the CAA and the effect of normalizing relations. Join Randy McGrorty, Director, Catholic Charities Legal Services, Miami, and CLINIC’s Charles Wheeler as they impart their experiences representing Cubans and provide practical informative on this specialized topic.

 

 

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Select Issues in Religious Immigration

Wednesday, November 19th

2:00pm - 3:30 pm

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How do I document compensation when the beneficiary is a member of a religious order and has taken a vow of poverty? Does time spent outside the U.S. count toward the 5 year limitation for R-1 status?  What do I do when CBP admits my R-1 client for a shorter or longer period than the time granted by USCIS on the I-129 approval? What is the USCIS Fraud Unit looking for during a site visit? Does work outside the U.S. count towards the two years of continuous qualifying work immediately before filing the I-360 petition?

 

Find out the answers to these and other questions on  religious nonimmigrant and special immigrant petitions.  Join CLINIC's Director of Religious Immigration Services, Miguel Naranjo, and Training and Legal Support Senior Attorney, Kristina Karpinski,  as they discuss select issues in religious immigration.

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Adjustment of Status from the Agency's Perspective

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2:00-3:30 (EST)

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Eligibility for adjustment of status should be straightforward, but we all know that is not always the case.  With expanding definitions of "admission," new opportunities for advance parole, greater eligibility for "surviving relatives," and derivative family members who may qualify for 245(i) without establishing physical presence, you may encounter complicated legal and procedural issues in proving that your client qualifies to adjust. In this webinar, staff from the National Benefits Center will join CLINIC attorneys Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler to discuss adjustment of status eligibility issues, the agency’s internal policies, and how the application and supporting documents are reviewed at the NBC.

 

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Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It

September 17 – October 15, 2014

This is a free e-learning course

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This four week e-learning course is designed for practitioners who will be counseling or representing unaccompanied children who are now in removal proceedings. Course participants will learn about the factors contributing to the large numbers of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States, the current policies relating to detention and release of unaccompanied children, and special considerations involved in representing children, including best practices for interviewing and counseling children and for addressing ethical concerns.  In addition, each week of the course will incorporate a review of key remedies available to unaccompanied children, including special immigrant juvenile status, asylum, U and T visas, motions to suppress and prosecutorial discretion.  The course will use webinar presentations, readings, and sample documents to explore these issues and provide course participants with a solid understanding of the law and skills required to represent unaccompanied children. Course participants will also receive information related to pro bono opportunities to represent unaccompanied children.   For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.  

Training Level: Introductory

This is an introduction to representation of unaccompanied children in removal proceedings. Course participants who are new to removal proceedings are encouraged to view CLINIC’s rapid e-course: Overview of Representing Children in Removal Proceedings, which reviews the fundamentals of what happens in immigration court. A link to the course is included in the unit one materials.

The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith, and other guest speakers. For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at sbronstein@cliniclegal.org.

The course starts on September 17th with access to the e-learning course website and our first course webinar. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading materials, sample applications to review, and a discussion forum.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. eastern starting on September 17.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  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.

Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they attend or view recordings of the five weekly course webinars. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.

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 (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.. 

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 September 10, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at jcbraswell@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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How Do I Fix This? Seeking Solutions for Adjudication Problems

As an immigration advocate, you know the road to case approval can be long and bumpy: RFEs for documents already submitted or irrelevant, erroneous case denials, long-delayed case adjudications, immigration visa denials based on improper legal standards - the list of problems goes on and on. What remedies exist to address these problems and how can CLINIC help you in the process? When and how should you contact the CIS Ombudsman Office or inquire about a legal issue with the Department of State through Legalnet? To find out more about how you can "fix" case adjudication problems, join CLINIC's Advocacy Director, Allison Posner and Senior Attorney, Kristina Karpinski, and our guest speakers Peggy Gleason, Senior Advisor, DHS, CIS Ombudsman Office, (Invited) and Jennie Guilfoyle, Attorney Advisor, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (Invited ) for an affiliates-only webinar on August 27.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

 

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How Do I Fix This? Seeking Solutions for Adjudication Problems

August 27, 2014


As an immigration advocate, you know the road to case approval can be long and bumpy: RFEs for documents already submitted or irrelevant, erroneous case denials, long-delayed case adjudications, immigration visa denials based on improper legal standards - the list of problems goes on and on. What remedies exist to address these problems and how can CLINIC help you in the process? When and how should you contact the CIS Ombudsman Office or inquire about a legal issue with the Department of State through Legalnet? To find out more about how you can "fix" case adjudication problems, join CLINIC's Advocacy Director, Allison Posner and Senior Attorney, Kristina Karpinski, and our guest speakers Peggy Gleason, Senior Advisor, DHS, CIS Ombudsman Office, (Invited) and Jennie Guilfoyle, Attorney Advisor, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (Invited ) for an affiliates-only webinar on August 27.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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Temporary Protected Status: Requirements, Process and Practice Pointers

May 28th: 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EST)

Can an application for TPS be approved if filed after the initial registration period? What evidence needs to be submitted to prove continuous residence? How will my client's criminal conviction impact his application? Is someone with TPS maintaining lawful status for purposes of adjustment of status?

Join us as we discuss these and other issues related to TPS with representatives from USCIS, Vermont Service Center. The webinar will be presented by Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC Senior Attorney; Georges Francis,  Managing Attorney, Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami and representatives from USCIS, Vermont Service Center.

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The Sixth Conference on Effective Representation of Refugees and Asylees

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Catholic Charities of Dallas, Church World Service, Elon University School of Law, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Human Rights First, International Rescue Committee, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, USCCB Migration and Refugee Services, World Relief

 

March 25 - 26, 2014

March 27, 2014 - Optional Tour of the Texas Service Center

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST – Day One

8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST – Day Two

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST - Optional Tour

 

Location:

Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria

4801 LBJ Freeway

Dallas, TX 75244

 

 Register Here

Please note: You can’t register for the tour without registering for the training

 

$285 per person from affiliate and co-sponsoring agencies; $855 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office location)
$310 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $930 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office location)

$430 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

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.

Training materials, lunch and a reception on March 25th are included in the registration fee.  Lunch is on your own on March 26th.

 

This two-day training conference is designed for legal workers and attorneys who work with refugees, asylees and their families on immigration law matters. The conference agenda includes presentations and discussions on current issues affecting refugees and asylees, including adjustment of status, obtaining derivative status for family members and other family reunification issues, security-related and criminal inadmissibility grounds, and other related issues. In addition to presentations by immigration law practitioners, participants will hear from immigration officers working at the Texas Service Center and other government speakers. Interested participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Texas Service Center and meet with staff on the morning of March 27th (separate registration is required to participate; there is an additional $20 fee if you want to take the bus to the TSC, as outlined below).  Approval of Texas MCLE credit is pending. 

 

This training is for the staff of sponsoring agencies, and other community-based organizations (CBOs) with IRS (501(c) (3)) nonprofit status and private attorneys and staff.  Space is limited. The registration deadline is March 14th or sooner if capacity is reached.  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.  For more information on registration, contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@clinclegal.org.

 

On March 27th buses will leave at approximately 8:00 a.m. from the Sheraton for the Texas Service Center and return to the hotel around 1:00 p.m.  If you are flying out of Dallas that day, we suggest you make reservations for a flight departing after 3:30 p.m.  The fee for round-trip bus transportation is $20.

 

To view a draft agenda, please click here

 

A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria at 4801 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244 at a rate of $119.00 for single or double occupancy.  For reservations, call 1-800-325-3535 and provide the operator with the address above and the group name:  CLINIC Room Block.  You may also reserve a room online here.  

To receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made by March 10, 2014.  Note that complimentary breakfast and internet access are provided for all hotel guests.

 

 

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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.

and

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

 

 Location:

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

 

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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 jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org. 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 http://www.johnmarshall.edu/about/atlanta-living/.  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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Immigration Law Training Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

October 22-23, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  – Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Day Two

 

Location:

Catholic Charities of Dallas

1st Floor Conference Room

9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, Texas 75243
214-634-7182 x228

 

$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

 

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

 

Register Here

 

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 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 selected grounds, naturalization and BIA recognition and accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler 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 (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon 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. 

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

 

Space is limited to 60 participants. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Dinah Suncin at: dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

 

Training Location and Parking: Catholic Charities is located on the northeast corner of intersection of the LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building.  Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot. 

 

Lodging Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $95 plus tax at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Park Central, 9089 Vantage Point Drive, Dallas, TX  75243.  This rate is valid to September 30, 2014.

 For reservations, call the hotel at 972-889-9972, and ask for the “CLINIC” rate of $95.

 

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Humanitarian Parole

September 26, 2013
Humanitarian Parole 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: $50; $25 for CLINIC Affiliates paying annual dues  

USCIS may grant humanitarian parole to individuals to come to the U.S. for a temporary period of time because of emergency  or humanitarian reasons.   Who is eligible to apply?  How is the application submitted?  In this webinar we will discuss the requirements for humanitarian parole and the procedures for requesting parole and re-parole.  Join CLINIC Training and Legal Support Senior Attorneys Kristina Karpinski and Debbie Smith as they discuss these and other issues related to humanitarian parole. In addition,  CLINIC has invited Liz Runge, Branch Chief, Humanitarian Affairs Branch, USCIS International Operations Division, Department of Homeland Security to participate in the webinar.


Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information on joining the webinar.

For questions or additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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