Understanding and Preparing Waivers
November 14 - December 19, 2012
The course webinars will take place on the five consecutive Wednesdays (except November 21) beginning on November 14, 2012. All webinars will run from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here  for a more detailed course outline, including exact dates and times of the five webinars.
$200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies (paying annual dues)
$225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$325 per person for private attorneys and staff
Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice. This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications. Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit. By the end of the course, participants will be better able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of specific cases and advise clients on their chances for success. Please note that this course assumes a basic knowledge of the grounds of inadmissibility.
The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course. This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in five webinars conducted on consecutive Wednesdays, as listed in the detailed course schedule. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler.
For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here .  Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Please note that in order to listen to the webinars, you will need either a speaker or set of headphones for your computer. There will probably not be a telephone audio option.
Training Level: Introductory. This is an introduction to waivers of inadmissibility for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with: 1) immigration law vocabulary; and 2) the grounds of inadmissibility is assumed.
Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.
Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.
Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 9, 2012, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at firstname.lastname@example.org . For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at email@example.com .
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.