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Webinar Series: Overview of Immigration Consequences of Crimes

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Nov. 4 – Nov. 25, 2019
2 p.m. ET every Monday


Pricing for Webinar Series:
CLINIC Affiliates: $105
Other nonprofit agency staff: $180
Private Attorneys and Staff: $240

The registration deadline for the entire series is 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 24, 2019

NOTE: Registration for the series includes four webinars for the price of three and access to the recordings of each webinar. Your complimentary access will be available until Dec. 25, 2019.

Virtually every form of immigration relief a client may seek is impacted in some way by having a criminal record. Beyond the issues of inadmissibility and deportability, a client’s criminal record may fall within a relief-specific bar to eligibility or affect the assessment of good moral character and discretion. This four-week webinar series will guide advocates through the steps to take to analyze a client’s criminal record, recognize the potential effect a record may have on the client’s case and determine how to appropriately counsel a client facing the immigration consequences of a criminal offense.

The trainers for this webinar series are CLINIC’s:

  • Sarah Bronstein, Senior Attorney, Training and Legal Support
  • Susan Schreiber, Managing Attorney, Training and Legal Support
  • Tanika Vigil, Contract Attorney, Defending Vulnerable Populations


Webinar One: How Can a Criminal Record Affect Your Client’s Case?
Nov. 4, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

In this webinar, the trainers will review best practices for determining your client’s criminal records, including how to conduct an effective interview and how to obtain and read criminal records. CLINIC trainers will also examine the scope of crime-based inadmissibility and deportability and how crimes affect relief-specific bars to eligibility, good moral character, discretion and exposure to enforcement.


Webinar Two: Convictions, Admission and Conduct-Based Inadmissibility
Nov. 11, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

This webinar will examine what case dispositions qualify as convictions and when a challenge to the conviction will be recognized for immigration law purposes. The trainers will also review when admissions to criminal conduct, or the conduct alone without an admission, may trigger an immigration consequence. In addition, the webinar discussion will focus on examining crime-related questions and instructions on application forms, including the role of arrest records in adjudications.


Webinar Three: How Do You Know if a Crime Triggers Inadmissibility, Deportability or a Relief Specific Bar to Eligibility
Nov. 18, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

In webinar three, the trainers will discuss the “categorical approach,” which describes the analytical steps to follow to determine if a crime triggers inadmissibility or deportability. The trainers will also discuss the research required to determine the classification of a crime as a felony or misdemeanor and to identify the potential penalty that may be imposed based on the crime classification.


Webinar Four: Now What Do We Do? Putting It All Together to Assess Your Client’s Case
Nov. 25, 2019 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET | CA MCLE: 1.5

The final webinar in the series will build on our knowledge of getting the facts and identifying how the client’s criminal record may affect eligibility for the benefit sought. Using a series of hypothetical scenarios, the trainers will apply what is learned to determine how participants would counsel the client in each situation. The trainers will also talk about exposure to crime-based immigration consequences for the legal use of marijuana and strategies for challenging erroneous accusations of gang affiliation.


CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training.  If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our webinar series. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar.  You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website.  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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