CLINIC Convening 2021


Thank you for your interest in registering for CLINIC Convening 2021. Registration has officially closed for this event and we are unable to accept more registrations at this time. We hope to see you next year!

If you have already registered, please refer to your confirmation email for important information about accessing the event. We look forward to seeing you next week for four days of great discussion and training on immigration law topics.


What is Convening?

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’s 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: See this year's recipients

Each year CLINIC recognizes dedicated legal immigration professionals at the Years of Service of Service Awards. Please help us celebrate the following recipients! CLINIC, our network and your community all join together in saying “Thank you for your hard work and dedication to immigration and advocacy!

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Registration Rates

Type Rate
Early Bird (CLINIC Affiliates only - First 50 to register) $175
CLINIC Affiliates $200
Nonprofit Agency Staff $250
Government Employees $275
Law Students $275
Private Attorneys and Staff $325



Times are listed using p.m. Eastern Time.

Monday, May 17

    1:30 - 2:30   Welcome Plenary

    2:30 - 3:00   Take a Breather

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Hot Topics in Immigration Law
  2. Navigating Immigration Court Proceedings for Unaccompanied Child Clients Pursuing Asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  3. Integration and Orientation for Foreign-Born Religious Workers in R-1 Status
  4. Mapping Out Changes in Immigration Law and Policy During the Administration’s First 100 Days and Beyond

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking

  1. Laughter Yoga
  2. Sky Meditation - Success Without Stress

Chat Room

  1. Regional Networking
Tuesday, May 18

12:00 - 12:30   Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Hartmayer, Archdiocese of Atlanta

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Immigrating Through Marriage
  2. Updates in U Nonimmigrant Status
  3. Understanding Motions to Reopen
  4. Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Case Management System - Part 1
  5. Land Ho! Is There an R-1 Religious Worker Oasis on Our Horizon?

    2:30 - 3:00   Relax a Little

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Advising TPS Clients
  2. Understanding Motions to Reopen — Putting What You Learned Into Practice
  3. Partnering With CLINIC for Federal Litigation
  4. Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Case Management System - Part 2
  5. Local Policing and Immigration Enforcement: What Can Your Community Do?

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking

  1. Sky Meditation - Success Without Stress
  2. Virtual Magic Show

Chat Room

  1. Happy Hour With Your Field Support Coordinator
  2. Hub for Small Organizations
  3. Hub for New Organizations
Wednesday, May 19

 12:15 - 12:45   Mass Celebrated by Bishop Soto, Diocese of Sacramento

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Obtaining Lawful Permanent Residence: Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
  2. Asylum Law Basics
  3. Representing Clients at the Board of Immigration Appeals
  4. Navigating Problem Case Resolution
  5. R&A Workshop

    2:30 - 3:00   Enjoy Some R & R

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Ethical Considerations in Immigration Law Practice
  2. Updates on Public Charge
  3. The Legacy of Trump’s Deterrence Policies and How We Repair
  4. Managing Financial Challenges
  5. Beat the Afternoon Blues. Join RIS for some Religious Worker Talk!

    4:40 - 5:10   Self Care and Networking

  1. Virtual Magic Show
  2. Laughter Yoga

Chat Room

  1. It's Happy Hour Somewhere
Thursday, May 20

12:00 - 12:30   Mass Celebrated by Bishop Dorsonville, Archdiocese of Washington

    1:00 - 2:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Family Havoc: Can This Case Be Saved?
  2. Naturalization Testing and Disability Waivers
  3. Representing Asylum Seekers in a Rapidly Changing Landscape
  4. Addressing Anti-Black Systemic Racism in U.S. Immigration Law and Policy
  5. Advanced Program Management Issues - Part 1
    *By invitation only.*

    2:30 - 3:00   Time to Unwind

    3:00 - 4:30   Concurrent Workshops

  1. Understanding Unlawful Presence and Other Immigration Violations
  2. Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases
  3. Writing a Compelling Asylum Declaration
  4. Restitution: Achieving Justice for Your Clients Outside of Immigration Court
  5. Advanced Program Management Issues - Part 2
    *By invitation only.*

    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
  • Selected Issues
  • Removal
  • 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.

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 Convening.


Sponsorship & 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’s 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.


Convening Over the Years


Convening 2021 Sponsors

Platinum Advocate

Catholic Chartities USA Logo


LawLogix Logo


Gold Advocate

Catholic Health Association of the United States Logo


Bronze Advocate

Felician Sisters of North America Logo


Friend of CLINIC

Sisters of St. Joseph Logo


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