Immigration Literacy for the Criminal Defense Attorney


Friday, May 31, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm


BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility #151

Immigration Literacy for the Criminal Defense Attorney

Friday, May 31, 2019
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

Approved for 1.5 CLE credits

This event is free of charge, registration is required
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     An overview of immigration related issues the Criminal Defense Attorney may encounter in representing a non-citizen client.

Program Agenda

  • Introduction to Crimmigration Law – Why it is critical for a criminal defense attorney to be able to spot crimmigration issues when representing non-citizen clients?
  • Purposes of the CLE- To give criminal defense attorneys a starting point in the world of crimmigration. To help criminal defense attorneys understand specific issues that may raise concern and give them resources to gain answers to any issues raised.
  • There are few things in crimmigration that are certain. Understanding the client’s goals in uncertainty is KEY~
  • Immigration and Nationality Act
2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Program - Basic Information you need to know about your client before you can understand the consequences of a plea agreement:
  • Immigration Status – This is the most important
  • Family ties
  • Immigration Timeline – multiple entries and exits into the US can be problematic
  • Types of Immigration Status
    • Immigrant
    • LPR
    • Natz USC
  • Non-immigrant
    • Visitor Visa
    • Student visa
    • Work related visas – H1B, Investor visa’s, Performance, etc.
  • Inadmissibility (INA §212) vs. Deportability (INA § 237)
    • Overview of criminal grounds of inadmissibility and deportability
    • Overview of which one applies in which scenarios.
  • Definition of a conviction for Immigration
    • Danger of Stay Adjudications
    • Danger of No Contest Pleas
  • Introduction to CIMTs
    • Definition
    • What to look for in negotiations
  • Introduction to Aggravated Felonies
    • Definition
    • Where to find in INA
    • What to look for
  • Drug Offenses
    • Definition
    • Exceptions
    • Inadmissibility vs deportability
    • Update on litigation in the area
  • Discussion Categorical Approach
  • Common issues 
2:05 - 3:15 p.m.
Questions and Answers 3:15 - 3:25 p.m.
Closing Remarks 3:25 - 3:30 p.m.