Agenda | CLINIC

CLINIC’s annual Convening is the premier training event for those seeking to increase their knowledge of immigration law, advocacy and successful program management techniques. Join us as we gather with fellow advocates and service providers to share strategies, enhance expertise, and prepare for the challenges ahead. If you have specific questions, please email convening@cliniclegal.org.

About CLE Credits | Workshop Tracks | At-A-Glance | Workshops by Day | Workshops by Track

 

About CLE Credits

12 Georgia Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours, including 3 ­­credit hours of ethics, are available for Convening. An additional 5 credit hours have been approved for “How to Master the Courtroom: Developing Effective Trial Skills and Persuasive Oral Advocacy,” including 1 hour of ethics. The amount of credits awarded to each attendee will be determined based on reported attendance.

 

Workshop Tracks

To help attendees choose which trainings to attend, we have assigned each workshop to one of five tracks. 

Fundamentals of Immigration Law | Trainings designed to give new practitioners a strong foundation in immigration law – recommended for those just getting started.

General Immigration Law | Trainings that provide an understanding of hot topics in immigration law – recommended for new and experienced practitioners alike.

Advanced Immigration Law | Trainings that delve deep into complex immigration law topics – recommended for experienced practitioners.

Program Management | Trainings that address program best practices to best serve immigrant communities – recommended for non-profit staff.

Community Outreach and Advocacy | Trainings that explore various advocacy strategies to protect and defend immigrants – recommended for legal and non-legal immigration advocates.

 

Convening At-A-Glance 

WEDNESDAY AT-A-GLANCE

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. : Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. : How to Master the Courtroom: Developing Effective Trial Skills and Persuasive Oral Advocacy 
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. : LawLogix Edge Power User Training
  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. : General Skills Workshops
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. : CCUSA Immigrant and Refugee Community of Practice
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. : Plenary Session 
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. : Opening Reception

THURSDAY AT-A-GLANCE  

  • 7:00 a..m - 7:30 a.m. : Mass                                                                                
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. : Breakfast                                                                         
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. : Religious Immigration Services Roundtable                                         
  • 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. : Workshops                                                                           
  • 10:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. : Workshops                                                                                   
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. : Workshops
  • 4:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. : Workshops

FRIDAY AT-A-GLANCE 

  • 7:00 a.m. -  7:30 a.m. : Mass                                                                    
  • 7:30 a.m.- 8:15 a.m. : Breakfast                                                             
  • 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. : Workshops                                                                                
  • 10:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. : Workshops               
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. : Awards Lunch                                                           
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. : Workshops 
  • 4:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. : Workshops  

 

Agenda by Day

 

Wednesday, May 24

How to Master the Courtroom: Developing Effective Trial Skills and Persuasive Oral Advocacy 

8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

How you prepare may be the most important part of your appearance in immigration court. Our experts will guide you through the Master Calendar Hearing and Individual Merits Hearings of the immigration court process, offering tips to succeed during both. Key topics include client interviewing techniques and preparation, pleadings to the Notice to Appear, court filings, direct examination and closing arguments. Participants will practice and receive feedback on their oral advocacy, as well as observe a mock Individual Merits Hearing. Approved for 5 Georgia CLE credit hours. 

Speakers

Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC
Michelle Mendez, CLINIC

PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional fee for this training. All registered attendees will receive lunch.

 

LawLogix Edge Power User Training 

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

For LawLogix CLINIC Affiliate clients, the LawLogix Edge immigration case management certification training session covers new ways to get the most out of the Edge immigration case management system. Taught by LawLogix Edge experts, this complimentary Power User training is the perfect setting to ask  questions on how to best use Edge to increase productivity and provide better service to clients. Whether you are new to Edge, or a veteran user who wants to hone your skills to become more efficient, this Power User workshop will benefit you.

 

General Skills Workshops

9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Learn from CLINIC experts on a variety of topics in these one-hour interactive sessions. The foundational skills and techniques presented are accessible at every level, whether you are an immigration advocate, legal services staff member or a volunteer. Best of all, with no additional registration, you can drop in whenever you have time or attend all four sessions!

9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Internet as a Fundraising Tool: Cashing in on the Mobile Web and Social Media

The internet provides a framework to go beyond just sharing information to fully engaging with funders anytime, anywhere. Join this interactive workshop to discuss and share successful strategies to raise your fundraiser profile —and change the world— one tweet at a time.

Speakers: 

Jacqueline Thomas-Suggs, CLINIC
H. Andrés Abella, CLINIC

10:45-11:45 a.m. Developing a Know Your Rights Presentation 

Now, more than ever, it is important for your clients and the public to know their rights when interacting with law enforcement. Using CLINIC’s Know Your Rights materials, this session will cover how to answer tough questions, incorporate role playing, and combine family emergency planning in your presentations. This session will be highly interactive, so be prepared to share both your struggles and triumphs in helping clients, and community members, invoke their rights and remain safe. 

Speakers: 

Michelle Sardone, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC 

1-2 p.m. Screening for Immigration Benefits

Have you encountered foreign nationals in the U.S. who are eligible for an immigration benefit though they didn’t know it? Could applying for an immigration benefit put certain applicants at risk of enforcement? Learn about the importance of effective screening and how to help undocumented people access it. We will share screening best practices, helpful tools, and review some common forms of relief.

Speakers: 

Ilissa Mira, CLINIC
Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC

2:15-3:15 p.m. Social Media Boot Camp

Social media need not be scary! Outlets like Facebook and Twitter require minimum resources, and they can provide direct access to supporters and clients as well as being an efficient way to raise awareness. No matter the size of your organization, a presence on social media can help advance your mission. This workshop will get you started. Activities include an overview of the major outlets; step-by-step instructions on how to open accounts or use your accounts more effectively; hands-on assistance with creating content and goal-setting.

Speakers: 

LaRia Land, CLINIC

 

CCUSA Immigrant & Refugee Community of Practice

1-3:30 p.m.

Catholic Charities USA invites you to join them for a meeting of the Immigrant & Refugee National Impact Community of Practice. Open to staff and volunteers working at Catholic Charities agencies, the Community of Practice aims to maximize impact by focusing individual efforts around common goals. CCUSA needs your input to marshal national resources to achieve the greatest good for those who need us most.

 

Thursday, May 25

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Religious Immigration Services Roundtable: Religious Worker Immigration Law on My Mind

Come join CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services  attorneys for breakfast and for an open discussion on issues in religious worker immigration law. Learn the answers to some troubling questions including: Why did I get this RFE? What is this sunset I keep hearing about? Are USCIS adjudicating officers real people? Come for the eggs, stay for the knowledge.

Panelists:

Religious Immigration Services staff attorneys

 

8:15-9:45 a.m.

What Every New Legal Worker Needs to Know
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop reinforces introductory concepts, such as who is an immigrant, who is a non-immigrant, who is undocumented, and who is a citizen or national. The session will cover fundamentals of conducting legal research and techniques for successful client interviews.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

 

Marriage and Conditional Residency
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Marriage-based immigration law is a subspecialty that requires particular knowledge of several concepts. The trainers cover how marriage is defined for immigration purposes, how bona fide marriages are documented, how conditional residency is terminated, and how fiancé(e)s immigrate and adjust status. Learn how to identify and address the most common problems that arise for this client group.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

 

All About DUIs
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Imagine you have a client in your office who just disclosed a DUI conviction from last year. Is there any reason to be concerned about: health-based inadmissibility? Crime-based inadmissibility? Lack of good moral character? Adverse discretionary factors? Exposure to enforcement? Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. If this surprises you, join us for a presentation addressing the potential immigration law consequences of having one or more DUI offenses.

Speakers:

Susan Schreiber, CLINIC
Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC

 

“It’s YUGE!” The New Administration’s Impact on Religious Worker Immigration Law 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Though not directly targeting international religious workers in the U.S., the new administration’s policies on immigration significantly affect religious worker immigration law. This workshop discusses various issues, from the executive orders to I-129 and I-360 petitions for religious workers. Panelists will offer best practices for dealing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for evidence, site visits, the non-minister sunset, the Visa Bulletin quota and more.

Speakers:

Chris Ross, CLINIC
Minyoung Ohm, CLINIC
Miguel Naranjo, CLINIC
Kate Adams, CLINIC

 

Building Your Army, Strengthening the Community 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

The importance of encouraging relationships between newcomers and members of the receiving community cannot be overstated. These connections help neighborhoods stand up against discriminatory practices, help protect those influenced by unwelcoming rhetoric, and provide examples to children of how inclusive environments benefit everyone.

Panelists will discuss how to develop integration initiatives, how to merge integration as a program goal into already-existing program and agency documents, and how to offer these services with few additional resources. We will consider how to define immigrant integration, explore CLINIC’s Immigrant Integration Toolkit, and show how to measure integration to aid reporting and funding applications.

Speakers:

Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC
David Fraccaro, Executive Director of FaithAction International House
Carey Serafin, Program Director, New American Pathways

 

10:25-11:55 a.m.

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration: Immediate Relatives and the Preference System
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

How can clients gain permanent residence through a family relationship? This workshop will explore immigrating as immediate relatives and through the family preference system, including the requisite relationship for visa petition approval and the process for filing an I-130 petition. We will also learn how to read and understand the Department of State's Visa Bulletin.

Speakers:

Ilissa Mira, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

 

Can this Residency Be Saved? 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

At some point every advocate encounters a lawful permanent resident client who was not actually eligible for LPR status. Perhaps your client immigrated as the unmarried son or daughter of an LPR, but got married before she entered the United States on an immigrant visa. Or he immigrated as the spouse of an LPR when his divorce from his prior marriage had not yet been finalized. In these situations, is there anything you can do to protect your client’s LPR status? Presenters will explore the options available in removal proceedings, focusing on waivers under INA § 237(a)(1)(H).

Speakers:

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

 

Ethical Consideration of Legal Work
TRACK: General Immigration Law

The presenters will highlight important ethical considerations in immigration law practice, such as the duties of diligence and confidentiality and candor towards the tribunal. Join this panel to explore these topics and others through analysis of hypotheticals and common case scenarios.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Eliza Klein, Gil Law Group

 

Answering Fear with Faith and Facts
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Some communities have developed policies that acknowledge and embrace the contributions of immigrants. Others  encourage fear with federal, state and local initiatives based upon inaccuracies and stereotypes. Learn to combat anti-immigrant initiatives and policy proposals. This  panel discussion will show you how to use facts, faith teachings and community values to counter rhetoric that dehumanizes and objectifies immigrants and refugees.

Speakers:

Lisa Parisio, CLINIC
Donald M. Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies
Dr. James Witte Center for Social Science and Institute for Immigration Research
 

Going Farther, Together: How to Optimize Program Efficiency 
TRACK: Program Management

Making smart staffing decisions and nurturing their growth is the best investment any organization can make. This interactive session outlines best practices for hiring permanent and volunteer staff members; maintaining and improving staff morale; preventing turnover; using volunteers to increase capacity; and much more. Participants will be encouraged to share examples and brainstorm new ideas in small groups.

Speakers:

Shaila Rahman, CLINIC
Deedee Gullo, Catholic Charities of Orange County
Ray Garrido, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

 

2 -3:30 p.m.

Applying for Residency: Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing and Meeting the Affidavit of Support Requirements
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop will cover the two pathways to Lawful Permanent Residence: Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing. Presenters will discuss the requirements for adjustment under INA §§ 245(a) and (i) and the process for obtaining an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. An overview of the affidavit of support requirements and filing procedures for family-based cases will also be discussed.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

 

U Nonimmigrant Status: Adjustment and Travel 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

This workshop will address issues related to both U status holders who want to adjust status, and those on the waiting list for U status who want to travel abroad, or enter the U.S. to join family members here. What travel options exist for those on the waiting list and how can you pursue permission to travel? For those seeking adjustment, how do you address outstanding removal orders, undisclosed inadmissibility grounds preceding U status, and newly acquired inadmissibility? CLINIC presenters Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber will review these topics as well as waitlist travel and adjustment of

Speakers

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

 

Figuring out the FOIA Request Process 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Great case preparation starts with thorough client research. The Freedom of Information Act is one tool to use. This workshop provides an overview of how to use FOIA requests to understand your clients’ immigration history. The presenters will discuss the procedures for submitting FOIA requests to different agencies, how to challenge inadequate responses through appeals and litigation, and offer tips on interpreting agency responses and records.

Speakers:

Ilissa Mira, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC
Eunice Cho, Southern Poverty Law Center

 

Top Program Innovations 
TRACK: Program Management

Is it challenging to provide services covering a huge geographic area? How about  working with clients who cannot afford USCIS application fees but don’t qualify for a fee waiver? Come and learn about new strategies and tools to overcome these challenges and more.

Speakers:

Jack Holmgren
Sabrina Terry, National Council of La Raza
DeeDee Gullo, Catholic Charities of Orange County

 

Media Panel: How to Fight ‘Alternative Facts’ in the News with Real Facts
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Amid the new realities of immigration policy how can you take advantage of heightened interest to keep the facts straight and put the positive story of immigrants out in front? The session will be a dialogue with current and former news media about how to build a relationship with reporters that leads to helpful news coverage.

Speakers:

Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
Mary Anne Castranio, Georgia Bulletin

 

4:10-5:40 p.m.

Overview of Humanitarian Relief 
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

The presenters will provide an overview of a variety of forms of humanitarian relief and benefits including asylum, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, T and U non-immigrant status, the Violence Against Women Act and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Rebecca Scholtz, CLINIC

 

All About 245(i) Adjustment of Status 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

On April 30, 2001, the doors closed on filing petitions that would create eligibility for adjustment of status under INA § 245(i). Now, 16 years later, 245(i) is still a lifeboat for those who entered without inspection or overstayed. Who qualifies for a seat in the lifeboat and why are the rules so complicated? This workshop will review who qualifies for grandfathered status, who is an after-acquired derivative and what benefits does that provide, who is subject to the 245(i) physical presence requirement and other issues related to 245(i) adjustment applications.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

 

Keeping Up With Immigration Policies in the Trump Era 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

The Trump administration has implemented or proposed numerous changes in the way immigration laws are enforced. Come to an open discussion on what changes have taken place or will take place soon and how your agency can respond.

Speakers: 

Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC
Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC

 

Understanding the New Rule for Recognition and Accreditation 
TRACK: Program Management

The Executive Office for Immigration Review  recently changed the rules for agency recognition and staff accreditation, effective Jan. 18, 2017. Changes include new eligibility requirements for recognition and accreditation; a new requirement for organizations to renew their recognition; and new requirements for reporting, recordkeeping and posting. Join us for a presentation and listening session on how the changes affect your program. We will provide an overview of the changes; provide tips to help you renew recognition and accreditation under the new rule; and provide data points for the new recordkeeping requirement. Learn how you can grow your legal services under the new R&A program.

Speakers

Laura Burdick, CLINIC
Peggy Gleason, Office of Legal Access Programs, USDOJ-EOIR

 

Media Bootcamp
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

A bit of media training. How to take your clients’ stories and turn them into something that improves the public dialogue. We’ll include some practice in beneficial and potentially harmful “framing” with different terminology.

Speakers:

Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
Michelle Fordice, CLINIC
LaRia Land, CLINIC

 

Friday, May 26

8:15-9:45 a.m.

Overview of Inadmissibility and Deportability Concepts and Introduction to Removal Proceedings 
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This is an overview of the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, including when they apply, to whom and what it means to be inadmissible or deportable. There will be a brief discussion of the grounds themselves and what circumstances or conduct trigger them. The presenters will also discuss what removal proceedings are, how they work and how a person might be placed in removal proceedings.

Speakers:

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Ilissa Mira, CLINIC

 

Representing Central American Asylum Seekers 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Asylum claims from Central America have a reputation for being difficult to prove. However, the dynamics of violence in the Northern Triangle countries often do qualify the victims of violence for asylum. This workshop covers issues that arise frequently in Central American asylum cases, including common social groups, strategies for when a client faces extortion or recruitment by gangs, and resources for proving country conditions.

Speakers:

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC

 

Health-Based Inadmissibility
TRACK: General Immigration Law

How are health-based inadmissibility grounds determined and who is involved in making the determinations? What guidelines must be followed by civil surgeons and panel physicians when conducting medical exams? What does the medical examination entail? How are determinations made on the drug abuser or addict and mental or physical disorder grounds? Can any of the health-based grounds be waived? Attend this workshop to learn about the medical examination and health-based inadmissibility.

Speakers

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

 

The Power of Local: Working with Cities and Towns on Integrating Immigrants
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Local governments offer resources that can support your organization’s efforts to help immigrants. Join us as we hear from local government representatives and members of the CLINIC network who have successfully received government support to advance their organizations’ goals.

Speakers:

Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC
Christy Williams, CLINIC
Maricella Garcia, Catholic Immigration Services, Little Rock. Arkansas
Luisa F. Cardona, Welcoming Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

 

Beyond the Numbers: Turning Data into Compelling Stories 
TRACK: Program Management

Discover how program evaluation can be made easy and even exciting. Practice turning client data into stories that show how your legal services improve the lives of individuals, strengthens communities and demonstrates the United States’ great immigration experience.

This workshop will emphasize participation over instruction. Participants will practice storytelling that centers on the purpose and importance of their work as service providers. We will also discuss how to tell compelling program and client success stories for a variety of platforms, including websites, grant proposals and annual reports.

Speakers:

Jeff Chenoweth, CLINIC

 

10:25-11:55 a.m.

Overview of Selected Grounds of Inadmissibility
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop will provide an overview of common grounds of inadmissibility, including those related to health; crimes; immigration violations; smuggling; fraud and misrepresentation; and false claims to citizenship.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Ilissa Mira, CLINIC

 

Winning with Provisional Waivers
TRACK: General Immigration Law

CLINIC attorneys discuss strategy on winning I-601A waivers for your clients. The topics to be covered include identifying possible extreme hardship factors, gathering supporting documentation, and satisfying the positive discretionary standards. We will also share experiences on drafting convincing declarations and packaging the application with an effective cover letter and index of exhibits.

Speakers:

Susan Schreiber, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC
Peggy Gleason, Office of Legal Access Programs, USDOJ-EOIR

 

Innovations in Intervention: Strategies for Effective Case Resolution 
TRACK: Program Management

Do you wonder what happens to your case after you file it? Have you called to check on your case but not heard back? Come to this panel to learn about enhancements in case processing and customer service tools and what to do when your client’s case becomes delayed. Hear about CLINIC’s updated tools and resources to help get your problem cases back on track. Learn about case advocacy options from this panel of experts in liaising with government agencies, including the USCIS Ombudsman’s office.

Speakers

Michael Santomauro, CLINIC

 

Storytelling for Effective Advocacy 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

In these days of fake news, separating fact from fiction can be challenging. Immigrant advocates often use data and statistics to make their case, but storytelling allows people to better understand and connect with the issues immigrants face. This panel discusses the impact of storytelling and how to build a culture of storytelling.

Speakers:

Lisa Parisio, CLINIC
Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
David Fraccaro,  Faith Action International House, Greensboro, North Carolina

 

2 -3:30 p.m.

Overview of U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

The main avenues to U.S. citizenship include acquisition, derivation, and naturalization. The session will discuss the requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth abroad and deriving citizenship from a parent after birth. An overview of the requirements for naturalization will also be covered, including good moral character, continuous residence, physical presence, English language and civics requirements and exemptions, and the loyalty oath.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

 

Taxes and Affidavit of Support
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Tax law intersects with immigration law in a number of ways. Come hear tips from two tax experts on how to complete the affidavit of support and how to advise your client on common tax filing issues.

Speakers

Charles Wheeler, CLINIC
Samuel Rock, Rock, Hardin and Carter, Professional Tax Company
Clayton Cartwright,  The Cartwright Law Firm, LLC

 

Removal Without Court: Expedited Removals, Stipulations, Reinstatement
TRACK: General Immigration Law

When you think of someone having a removal order, do you assume that the person went before an immigration judge? Think again, because most removal orders are administrative, through expedited removal orders as well as reinstatement of removal and stipulations to removal. Presenters will review the different types of non-court removal orders, how they are issued and what effect they have on the individual ordered removed.

Speakers

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

 

State and Local Responses to Executive Orders 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Is there a proposal in your state legislature or city council that would impact the immigrant community? Do you want to weigh in, but are unsure how? This panel provides an overview of how CLINIC works with local partners to respond to changes in immigration policies. Speakers will offer suggestions on building the network needed to rapidly respond to the changing environment.

Speakers

Christy Williams, CLINIC
Kevin Mauer, Virginia Catholic Conference
Sister Colleen Dauerbach, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia
Frank Mulcahy, Georgia Catholic Conference

 

Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Impact in Case Management
TRACK: Program Management

Your legal services program is integral to your community. Let’s take it from good to great! This workshop introduces case management and the best technology tools CLINIC affiliates are using to provide quality immigration services. You will also learn ways to increase staff and volunteers’ engagement with low-cost, high-impact technology tools to increase services. This highly interactive workshop features practical best practices, tested by CLINIC staff and affiliates, which will help you improve your program’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Speakers:

Nathaly Perez, CLINIC

 

4:10-5:40 p.m.

Introduction to Ethics Issues and Overview of Agency Recognition & Accreditation
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

Learn more about the rules of ethics and how they apply to accredited representatives. The presenters raise common ethical issues through case examples and hypothetical situations. The requirements for DOJ recognition and accreditation, including the recent changes, will also be discussed.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Shaila Rahman, CLINIC

 

Bond and Detention
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Only 14 percent of detained immigrants are able to obtain counsel for removal proceedings, compared to 66 percent of immigrants on the non-detained docket. Securing a client’s release from detention can make or break a case. Come learn the bond basics: When does an immigration judge have jurisdiction over a bond? What factors are considered at a bond hearing? What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement arguing to keep the bond set high? How can clients pay their bonds? What non-monetary alternatives to detention exist?

Speakers:

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC
Rebecca Scholtz, CLINIC

 

Ask the Experts
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Bring your brain teasers, your bizarre fact patterns, your immigration perplexities, or maybe just your basic questions and we will attempt to offer helpful advice. The collective wisdom in the room should be enough to tackle the hardest problems. Join our two most senior attorneys as they apply their combined 70 years of immigration law experience to your hardest cases.

Speakers:

Susan Schreiber, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

 

Recognition and Accreditation Inter-Agency Panel
TRACK: Program Management

Join officials from the Executive Office for Immigration Review  and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  to discuss updates and implementation of the new Recognition & Accreditation program.

Speakers:

Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC
Michael Santomauro, CLINIC
Steven C. Lang, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Peggy Gleason, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Maria Emilia Ramirez, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Community Partnerships 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

This workshop will provide suggestions on where to find partners and offer strategies for establishing and nurturing relationships to increase your program’s impact.. Panelists will discuss their experiences in forming partnerships with law enforcement, private businesses and faith communities. We will provide examples of the benefits of partnerships and discuss the obstacles along the way.

Speakers:

Paola Marquez, CLINIC
Nathalie Dietrich, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
Aliyah Donsky, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Matthew Young, Catholic Charities, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi

 

Agenda by Track

 

Fundamentals of Immigration Law

What Every New Legal Worker Needs to Know
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop reinforces introductory concepts, such as who is an immigrant, who is a non-immigrant, who is undocumented, and who is a citizen or national. The session will cover fundamentals of conducting legal research and techniques for successful client interviews.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration: Immediate Relatives and the Preference System
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

How can clients gain permanent residence through a family relationship? This workshop will explore immigrating as immediate relatives and through the family preference system, including the requisite relationship for visa petition approval and the process for filing an I-130 petition. We will also learn how to read and understand the Department of State's Visa Bulletin.

Speakers:

Ilissa Mira, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

Applying for Residency: Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing and Meeting the Affidavit of Support Requirements
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop will cover the two pathways to Lawful Permanent Residence: Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing. Presenters will discuss the requirements for adjustment under INA §§ 245(a) and (i) and the process for obtaining an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. An overview of the affidavit of support requirements and filing procedures for family-based cases will also be discussed.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

Overview of Humanitarian Relief 
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

The presenters will provide an overview of a variety of forms of humanitarian relief and benefits including asylum, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, T and U non-immigrant status, the Violence Against Women Act and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Rebecca Scholtz, CLINIC

Overview of Inadmissibility and Deportability Concepts and Introduction to Removal Proceedings 
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This is an overview of the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, including when they apply, to whom and what it means to be inadmissible or deportable. There will be a brief discussion of the grounds themselves and what circumstances or conduct trigger them. The presenters will also discuss what removal proceedings are, how they work and how a person might be placed in removal proceedings.

Speakers:

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Ilissa Mira, CLINIC

Overview of Selected Grounds of Inadmissibility
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

This workshop will provide an overview of common grounds of inadmissibility, including those related to health; crimes; immigration violations; smuggling; fraud and misrepresentation; and false claims to citizenship.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Ilissa Mira, CLINIC

Overview of U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

The main avenues to U.S. citizenship include acquisition, derivation, and naturalization. The session will discuss the requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth abroad and deriving citizenship from a parent after birth. An overview of the requirements for naturalization will also be covered, including good moral character, continuous residence, physical presence, English language and civics requirements and exemptions, and the loyalty oath.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

Introduction to Ethics Issues and Overview of Agency Recognition & Accreditation
TRACK: Fundamentals of Immigration Law

Learn more about the rules of ethics and how they apply to accredited representatives. The presenters raise common ethical issues through case examples and hypothetical situations. The requirements for DOJ recognition and accreditation, including the recent changes, will also be discussed.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Shaila Rahman, CLINIC

General Immigration Law

All About DUIs
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Imagine you have a client in your office who just disclosed a DUI conviction from last year. Is there any reason to be concerned about: health-based inadmissibility? Crime-based inadmissibility? Lack of good moral character? Adverse discretionary factors? Exposure to enforcement? Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. If this surprises you, join us for a presentation addressing the potential immigration law consequences of having one or more DUI offenses.

“It’s YUGE!” The New Administration’s Impact on Religious Worker Immigration Law 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Though not directly targeting international religious workers in the U.S., the new administration’s policies on immigration significantly affect religious worker immigration law. This workshop discusses various issues, from the executive orders to I-129 and I-360 petitions for religious workers. Panelists will offer best practices for dealing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for evidence, site visits, the non-minister sunset, the Visa Bulletin quota and more.

Speakers:

Chris Ross, CLINIC
Minyoung Ohm, CLINIC
Miguel Naranjo, CLINIC
Kate Adams, CLINIC

Ethical Consideration of Legal Work
TRACK: General Immigration Law

The presenters will highlight important ethical considerations in immigration law practice, such as the duties of diligence and confidentiality and candor towards the tribunal. Join this panel to explore these topics and others through analysis of hypotheticals and common case scenarios.

Speakers:

Martin Gauto, CLINIC
Eliza Klein, Gil Law Group

Figuring out the FOIA Request Process 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Great case preparation starts with thorough client research. The Freedom of Information Act is one tool to use. This workshop provides an overview of how to use FOIA requests to understand your clients’ immigration history. The presenters will discuss the procedures for submitting FOIA requests to different agencies, how to challenge inadequate responses through appeals and litigation, and offer tips on interpreting agency responses and records.

Speakers:

Ilissa Mira, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC
Eunice Cho, Southern Poverty Law Center

Keeping Up With Immigration Policies in the Trump Era 
TRACK: General Immigration Law

The Trump administration has implemented or proposed numerous changes in the way immigration laws are enforced. Come to an open discussion on what changes have taken place or will take place soon and how your agency can respond.

Speakers: 

Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC
Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC

Health-Based Inadmissibility
TRACK: General Immigration Law

How are health-based inadmissibility grounds determined and who is involved in making the determinations? What guidelines must be followed by civil surgeons and panel physicians when conducting medical exams? What does the medical examination entail? How are determinations made on the drug abuser or addict and mental or physical disorder grounds? Can any of the health-based grounds be waived? Attend this workshop to learn about the medical examination and health-based inadmissibility.

Speakers

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Jen Riddle, CLINIC

Winning with Provisional Waivers
TRACK: General Immigration Law

CLINIC attorneys discuss strategy on winning I-601A waivers for your clients. The topics to be covered include identifying possible extreme hardship factors, gathering supporting documentation, and satisfying the positive discretionary standards. We will also share experiences on drafting convincing declarations and packaging the application with an effective cover letter and index of exhibits.

Speakers:

Susan Schreiber, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC
Peggy Gleason, Office of Legal Access Programs, USDOJ-EOIR

Removal Without Court: Expedited Removals, Stipulations, Reinstatement
TRACK: General Immigration Law

When you think of someone having a removal order, do you assume that the person went before an immigration judge? Think again, because most removal orders are administrative, through expedited removal orders as well as reinstatement of removal and stipulations to removal. Presenters will review the different types of non-court removal orders, how they are issued and what effect they have on the individual ordered removed.

Speakers:

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

Ask the Experts
TRACK: General Immigration Law

Bring your brain teasers, your bizarre fact patterns, your immigration perplexities, or maybe just your basic questions and we will attempt to offer helpful advice. The collective wisdom in the room should be enough to tackle the hardest problems. Join our two most senior attorneys as they apply their combined 70 years of immigration law experience to your hardest cases.

Speakers:

Susan Schreiber, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

Advanced Immigration Law 

Marriage and Conditional Residency
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Marriage-based immigration law is a subspecialty that requires particular knowledge of several concepts. The trainers cover how marriage is defined for immigration purposes, how bona fide marriages are documented, how conditional residency is terminated, and how fiancé(e)s immigrate and adjust status. Learn how to identify and address the most common problems that arise for this client group.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Charles Wheeler, CLINIC

 

Can this Residency Be Saved? 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

At some point every advocate encounters a lawful permanent resident client who was not actually eligible for LPR status. Perhaps your client immigrated as the unmarried son or daughter of an LPR, but got married before she entered the United States on an immigrant visa. Or he immigrated as the spouse of an LPR when his divorce from his prior marriage had not yet been finalized. In these situations, is there anything you can do to protect your client’s LPR status? Presenters will explore the options available in removal proceedings, focusing on waivers under INA § 237(a)(1)(H).

Speakers:

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

 

U Nonimmigrant Status: Adjustment and Travel 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

This workshop will address issues related to both U status holders who want to adjust status, and those on the waiting list for U status who want to travel abroad, or enter the U.S. to join family members here. What travel options exist for those on the waiting list and how can you pursue permission to travel? For those seeking adjustment, how do you address outstanding removal orders, undisclosed inadmissibility grounds preceding U status, and newly acquired inadmissibility? CLINIC presenters Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber will review these topics as well as waitlist travel and adjustment of

Speakers

Sarah Bronstein, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

All About 245(i) Adjustment of Status 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

On April 30, 2001, the doors closed on filing petitions that would create eligibility for adjustment of status under INA § 245(i). Now, 16 years later, 245(i) is still a lifeboat for those who entered without inspection or overstayed. Who qualifies for a seat in the lifeboat and why are the rules so complicated? This workshop will review who qualifies for grandfathered status, who is an after-acquired derivative and what benefits does that provide, who is subject to the 245(i) physical presence requirement and other issues related to 245(i) adjustment applications.

Speakers:

Kristina Karpinski, CLINIC
Susan Schreiber, CLINIC

Representing Central American Asylum Seekers 
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Asylum claims from Central America have a reputation for being difficult to prove. However, the dynamics of violence in the Northern Triangle countries often do qualify the victims of violence for asylum. This workshop covers issues that arise frequently in Central American asylum cases, including common social groups, strategies for when a client faces extortion or recruitment by gangs, and resources for proving country conditions.

Speakers:

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC
Reena Arya, CLINIC

Taxes and Affidavit of Support
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Tax law intersects with immigration law in a number of ways. Come hear tips from two tax experts on how to complete the affidavit of support and how to advise your client on common tax filing issues.

Speakers

Charles Wheeler, CLINIC
Samuel Rock, Rock, Hardin and Carter, Professional Tax Company
Clayton Cartwright,  The Cartwright Law Firm, LLC

Bond and Detention
TRACK: Advanced Immigration Law

Only 14 percent of detained immigrants are able to obtain counsel for removal proceedings, compared to 66 percent of immigrants on the non-detained docket. Securing a client’s release from detention can make or break a case. Come learn the bond basics: When does an immigration judge have jurisdiction over a bond? What factors are considered at a bond hearing? What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement arguing to keep the bond set high? How can clients pay their bonds? What non-monetary alternatives to detention exist?

Speakers:

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC
Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC
Rebecca Scholtz, CLINIC

Program Management

Going Farther, Together: How to Optimize Program Efficiency 
TRACK: Program Management

Making smart staffing decisions and nurturing their growth is the best investment any organization can make. This interactive session outlines best practices for hiring permanent and volunteer staff members; maintaining and improving staff morale; preventing turnover; using volunteers to increase capacity; and much more. Participants will be encouraged to share examples and brainstorm new ideas in small groups.

Speakers:

Shaila Rahman, CLINIC
Deedee Gullo, Catholic Charities of Orange County
Ray Garrido, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

Top Program Innovations 
TRACK: Program Management

Is it challenging to provide services covering a huge geographic area? How about  working with clients who cannot afford USCIS application fees but don’t qualify for a fee waiver? Come and learn about new strategies and tools to overcome these challenges and more.

Speakers:

Jack Holmgren
Sabrina Terry, National Council of La Raza
DeeDee Gullo, Catholic Charities of Orange County

Understanding the New Rule for Recognition and Accreditation 
TRACK: Program Management

The Executive Office for Immigration Review  recently changed the rules for agency recognition and staff accreditation, effective Jan. 18, 2017. Changes include new eligibility requirements for recognition and accreditation; a new requirement for organizations to renew their recognition; and new requirements for reporting, recordkeeping and posting. Join us for a presentation and listening session on how the changes affect your program. We will provide an overview of the changes; provide tips to help you renew recognition and accreditation under the new rule; and provide data points for the new recordkeeping requirement. Learn how you can grow your legal services under the new R&A program.

Speakers:

Laura Burdick, CLINIC
Peggy Gleason, Office of Legal Access Programs, USDOJ-EOIR

Beyond the Numbers: Turning Data into Compelling Stories 
TRACK: Program Management

Discover how program evaluation can be made easy and even exciting. Practice turning client data into stories that show how your legal services improve the lives of individuals, strengthens communities and demonstrates the United States’ great immigration experience.

This workshop will emphasize participation over instruction. Participants will practice storytelling that centers on the purpose and importance of their work as service providers. We will also discuss how to tell compelling program and client success stories for a variety of platforms, including websites, grant proposals and annual reports.

Speakers:

Jeff Chenoweth, CLINIC

Innovations in Intervention: Strategies for Effective Case Resolution 
TRACK: Program Management

Do you wonder what happens to your case after you file it? Have you called to check on your case but not heard back? Come to this panel to learn about enhancements in case processing and customer service tools and what to do when your client’s case becomes delayed. Hear about CLINIC’s updated tools and resources to help get your problem cases back on track. Learn about case advocacy options from this panel of experts in liaising with government agencies, including the USCIS Ombudsman’s office.

Speakers:

Michael Santomauro, CLINIC

Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Impact in Case Management
TRACK: Program Management

Your legal services program is integral to your community. Let’s take it from good to great! This workshop introduces case management and the best technology tools CLINIC affiliates are using to provide quality immigration services. You will also learn ways to increase staff and volunteers’ engagement with low-cost, high-impact technology tools to increase services. This highly interactive workshop features practical best practices, tested by CLINIC staff and affiliates, which will help you improve your program’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Speakers:

Nathaly Perez, CLINIC

Recognition and Accreditation Inter-Agency Panel
TRACK: Program Management

Join officials from the Executive Office for Immigration Review  and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  to discuss updates and implementation of the new Recognition & Accreditation program.

Speakers:

Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC
Michael Santomauro, CLINIC
Steven C. Lang, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Peggy Gleason, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Maria Emilia Ramirez, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Community Outreach and Advocacy

Building Your Army, Strengthening the Community 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

The importance of encouraging relationships between newcomers and members of the receiving community cannot be overstated. These connections help neighborhoods stand up against discriminatory practices, help protect those influenced by unwelcoming rhetoric, and provide examples to children of how inclusive environments benefit everyone.

Panelists will discuss how to develop integration initiatives, how to merge integration as a program goal into already-existing program and agency documents, and how to offer these services with few additional resources. We will consider how to define immigrant integration, explore CLINIC’s Immigrant Integration Toolkit, and show how to measure integration to aid reporting and funding applications.

Speakers:

Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC
David Fraccaro, Executive Director of FaithAction International House
Carey Serafin, Program Director, New American Pathways

Answering Fear with Faith and Facts
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Some communities have developed policies that acknowledge and embrace the contributions of immigrants. Others  encourage fear with federal, state and local initiatives based upon inaccuracies and stereotypes. Learn to combat anti-immigrant initiatives and policy proposals. This  panel discussion will show you how to use facts, faith teachings and community values to counter rhetoric that dehumanizes and objectifies immigrants and refugees.

Speakers:

Lisa Parisio, CLINIC
Donald M. Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies
Dr. James Witte Center for Social Science and Institute for Immigration Research

Invited Speaker:
Tom K. Wong, University of California, San Diego

Media Panel: How to Fight ‘Alternative Facts’ in the News with Real Facts
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Amid the new realities of immigration policy how can you take advantage of heightened interest to keep the facts straight and put the positive story of immigrants out in front? The session will be a dialogue with current and former news media about how to build a relationship with reporters that leads to helpful news coverage.

Speakers:

Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
Mary Anne Castranio, Georgia Bulletin

Media Bootcamp
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

A bit of media training. How to take your clients’ stories and turn them into something that improves the public dialogue. We’ll include some practice in beneficial and potentially harmful “framing” with different terminology.

Speakers:

Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
Michelle Fordice, CLINIC
LaRia Land, CLINIC

The Power of Local: Working with Cities and Towns on Integrating Immigrants
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Local governments offer resources that can support your organization’s efforts to help immigrants. Join us as we hear from local government representatives and members of the CLINIC network who have successfully received government support to advance their organizations’ goals.

Speakers:

Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC
Christy Williams, CLINIC
Maricella Garcia, Catholic Immigration Services, Little Rock. Arkansas
Luisa F. Cardona, Welcoming Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Storytelling for Effective Advocacy 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

In these days of fake news, separating fact from fiction can be challenging. Immigrant advocates often use data and statistics to make their case, but storytelling allows people to better understand and connect with the issues immigrants face. This panel discusses the impact of storytelling and how to build a culture of storytelling.

Speakers:

Lisa Parisio, CLINIC
Patricia Zapor, CLINIC
David Fraccaro,  Faith Action International House, Greensboro, North Carolina

State and Local Responses to Executive Orders 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

Is there a proposal in your state legislature or city council that would impact the immigrant community? Do you want to weigh in, but are unsure how? This panel provides an overview of how CLINIC works with local partners to respond to changes in immigration policies. Speakers will offer suggestions on building the network needed to rapidly respond to the changing environment.

Speakers:

Christy Williams, CLINIC
Kevin Mauer, Virginia Catholic Conference
Sister Colleen Dauerbach, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia
Frank Mulcahy, Georgia Catholic Conference

Community Partnerships 
TRACK: Community Outreach and Advocacy

This workshop will provide suggestions on where to find partners and offer strategies for establishing and nurturing relationships to increase your program’s impact.. Panelists will discuss their experiences in forming partnerships with law enforcement, private businesses and faith communities. We will provide examples of the benefits of partnerships and discuss the obstacles along the way.

Speakers:

Paola Marquez, CLINIC
Nathalie Dietrich, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
Aliyah Donsky, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Matthew Young, Catholic Charities, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi