CLINIC Convening 2022 – Power in Community


Registration is Closed for This Event


What is CLINIC Convening?

CLINIC Convening is CLINIC’s annual conference that brings together legal practitioners, advocates and nonprofit leaders from all over the country to network, learn and gain insight about the current state of immigration law. CLINIC Convening is the only conference that provides a comprehensive education on immigration law, program management and advocacy. We come together not only to educate and share our work in immigration but also to celebrate the impact and contribution of immigrants through this country’s history.


CLINIC’s Years of Service Awards

Each year CLINIC recognizes dedicated legal immigration professionals at our annual Years of Service Awards Luncheon. Given our virtual event this year, we will be recognizing recipients online. 2022 award recipients will be recognized for their hard work and dedication to immigration and advocacy during the virtual event.

2022 Recipients


Registration Rates

Type Rate
Early Bird (CLINIC Affiliates only - First 50 to register) - SOLD OUT $175
CLINIC Affiliates $200
Nonprofit Agency Staff $250
Government Employees $275
Law Students $275
Private Attorneys and Staff $325
Post-Convening Workshop Recordings (Conference registration required) +$50

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Times are listed using p.m. Eastern Time.

Monday, May 16

    1:30 - 2:30   Welcome Plenary

    2:30 - 3:00   Break

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Hot Topics in Immigration Law

2. Removal Proceedings 101

3. CSPA: From A-Z

4. Power in Community: Catholics Against Racism in Immigration (60 minute session)

5. Volunteer Engagement: A Key Method in Promoting Immigrant Integration and Inclusion

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking


Tuesday, May 17

12:00 - 12:30   Mass

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Understanding Motions to Rescind and Reopen in Absentia Orders of Removal

2. Analyzing Criminal Bars to Naturalization

3. Taking It to the Next Level: Escalating Case Issues with DHS (60 minute session)

4. Case Management Nuts and Bolts

    2:30 - 3:00   Break

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Public Charge and the Affidavit of Support

2. Motions to Rescind and Reopen In Absentia Orders of Removal: Putting What You Learned Into Practice

3. SIJS: Adjustment of Status and Other Updates

4. Top Ten Issues in Program Management

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking


Wednesday, May 18

 12:00 - 12:30   Mass

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Consular Processing: The Long and Winding Road

2. Hot Topics in Asylum Law for the Experienced Practitioner

3. Getting the Facts: FOIA and Other Record Requests

4. Ethical Considerations for Immigration Law Practice


    2:30 - 3:00   Break

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Inadmissibility Issues at All Stages of a U Nonimmigrant Case

2. Assisting Afghan Citizens

3. Children of U.S. Citizens: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization 

4. Addressing Complex Program Management Issues

5. Challenges in the DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Process: Knowledge is Power

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking

Chat Room:  State and Local Advocacy Meet, Greet and Strategize!

Thursday, May 19

12:00 - 12:30   Mass

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Clients Say the Darndest Things: Preparing Your Client to Effectively Testify in Immigration Court

2. Understanding Parole

3. Representing Clients at USCIS Interviews

4. Standing in Solidarity With Underserved Communities: Challenges and Best Practices in State and Local Immigration Advocacy

    2:30 - 3:00   Break

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

1. Updates on Prosecutorial Discretion and Enforcement

2. Immigration Violations: The Three-Headed Monster

3. Petition Conversion, Revocation, Termination and Reinstatement

4. Strategic Issues Discussion with Your FSC and CLINIC's Executive Director

    4:40 - 5:00   Closing Plenary


Workshop Tracks

Over four days, industry experts lead workshops for learners of all levels on how to navigate the United States’ complex immigration legal system. More than two dozen workshops on a variety of legal subjects, policy updates and program management tools focus on the following tracks:

  • Humanitarian
  • Building Your Skills
  • Family
  • Removal Defense and Advanced Selected Issues
  • Community Outreach & Advocacy


Continuing Legal Education

CLE for Attorney Participants

Certificates will only distributed to those who attend live workshops. Certificates will be sent approximately two weeks after CLINIC Convening 2022.

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 workshop you attend, for up to a total of 10.5 credit hours. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

DOJ Accredited Representatives and other nonprofit professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for CLINIC Convening 2022.


Sponsorship and Exhibiting

CLINIC Convening’s most successful sponsors and exhibitors are organizations that provide resources or services to immigration attorneys, community-based organizations, nonprofits, religious institutions or advocacy groups. Past sponsors and exhibitors have included, but are not limited to:

  • Government agencies 
  • Associations for legal professionals 
  • Consulates 
  • National religious organizations 
  • Immigrant advocacy groups 
  • Volunteer service organizations 
  • Legal research subscriptions 
  • Legal technology 
  • Translation services 
  • Visa service providers 

For questions, or to become a sponsor, please contact


Donate to the Lily Gutierrez Scholarship

In memory of Lily Gutierrez, former CLINIC Regional Director and longtime Board Member, who devoted her life to serving migrants and newcomers, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. has created the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Fund. 

Contributions to the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Fund provide scholarships, covering the cost of registration, to the staff of CLINIC affiliates whose organizational budgets prohibit them from attending CLINIC Convening. Please donate here and add "LG Fund" to the "Memo" field. Thank you for your support.

About Lily Gutierrez

Lily Gutierrez, a native of El Paso and accredited immigration representative, was a vital figure in the Catholic Church's work with newcomers for 40 years, working at CLINIC since its inception in 1988 until 1998, and subsequently serving two terms on its board of directors from 2001 to 2007. Her legacy includes the countless individuals she helped immigrate to the United States, the families she reunited who now have made their lives in the United States because of her assistance, the foundation she laid for CLINIC’s network, the charitable immigration programs she established and the working relationships she nurtured with immigration agencies nationwide.

Lily was well-known and well-loved throughout the country. She began her career as an immigration legal services provider with the U.S. Catholic Conference. A familiar face at the ports of entry, she welcomed newly arrived immigrants processed through the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, upon their first entry through the El Paso ports.

She led the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees arriving in El Paso in the late 1970s and became a national expert in the resettlement process throughout the next three decades. She played a lead role in the refugee resettlement program in El Paso, welcoming people from Ethiopia, Cuba, China, Iraq, Iran and many other countries.

Her message was always clear: people are more important than laws; migration is a reality, especially in the U.S.-Mexico border region; and no matter their reason for migrating or immigration status, the human dignity and rights of people must be protected at all costs. CLINIC has chosen to honor Lily’s legacy by extending (in her name) the work she did so devotedly to create charitable immigration programs throughout the nation.


CLINIC Convening Over the Years



Convening 2022 Sponsors

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Gold Advocate

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Silver Advocate

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Bronze Advocate

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CLINIC Supporter

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