About

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, family lawyers—in short, anyone involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. Taught by three clinical teachers of immigration law, along with guest speakers, the focus is practical: you’ll not only learn the relevant law and procedure, but hear techniques and strategies for effectively handling typical problems.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
  • 8:00 am
    Plano Only
    Registration opens


  • Plano Only
    Includes continental breakfast

  • 8:45 am
    Plano Only
    Welcoming Remarks

    Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Grounds of Deportability and Inadmissibility

    Review of grounds of deportability and inadmissibility; strategies for contesting common grounds of removal.
  • 10:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Bond Proceedings

  • 10:45 am
    Plano Only
    Break

    Break
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Contesting Deportability

    Procedural challenges to the Notice to Appear; evidentiary challenges; and tele-video procedures and challenges.
  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 12:00 pm
    Plano Only
    Lunch on your Own

    Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Citizenship

    Who is a U.S. citizen and how claims are documented; the Child Citizenship Act; asserting claims to citizenship in removal proceedings.
  • 2:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability

    Review of crime-based removability grounds; proof of conviction; doctrine of divisibility; and recent case law.
  • 3:15 pm
    Plano Only
    Break

    Break
  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Demonstrations: Bond Re-Determination Proceedings and Master Calendar Hearings

    Conference faculty will role-play a demonstration of bond re-determination proceedings and master calendar hearings.
  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Questions and Answers

    Speakers discuss practical solutions to participants’ questions and cases.
  • 5:00 pm
    Plano Only
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
  • 8:00 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Conference Room Opens
  • Includes continental breakfast

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Family-Based Visas and Procedures

    Family-based visa categories and procedures for respondents in removal proceedings; ethical issues raised by representation of married couples.
  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Priority Dates and Grandfathering

    Establishment of priority dates; loss and recoupment of priority dates; change in age and marital status; grandfathering; strategies to prove earlier filed petitions; and Child Status Protection Act.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

    Break
  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Adjustment of Status in Removal Proceedings and Waivers of Inadmissibility

    Eligibility for adjustment; presentation of claim in removal;
    public charge issues; and waivers to overcome grounds of inadmissibility.
  • 11:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Relief from Removal

    Cancellation of removal of permanent and nonpermanent residents; waiver of inadmissibility under former Sec. 212c.
  • Friday Afternoon
  • 12:30 pm
    Lunch on your Own

    Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Documentation of Applications for Discretionary Relief

    Relief-strategies to document a discretionary case for relief; use of experts and witnesses, mock submission of documents into evidence.
  • 2:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Appeals and Motions to Reopen

    When and how to appeal; standards and limitations of motions to reopen; ineffective assistance of counsel; and streamlining of appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Issues in Immigration Law

    A summary of some of the basic ethical issues facing immigration practitioners including: preparing witnesses to testify in court; preparation and presentation of documentary evidence to the court; and withdrawing as counsel when there is an ethical issue or conflict of interest.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Questions and Answers

    Speakers discuss practical solutions to participants’ questions and cases.
  • 4:30 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • 5:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Conference Faculty

    Barbara Hines, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Lee J. Terán, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Joseph A. Vail, Houston, TX

    Barbara Hines has practiced in the field of Immigration
    Law since 1975 and is Board Certified by the Texas
    Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality
    Law. She is currently a clinical professor at
    The University of Texas School of Law and directs its
    Immigration Law Clinic. She served as the first Co-
    Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
    Under Law of Texas, Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Project and is currently of counsel and a member of
    the Board of Directors of the organization. She has
    received awards from the national and Texas chapters
    of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
    (AILA), and is listed in the Who’s Who of American
    Women and Best Lawyers in America.
    Lee Terán is a clinical professor of law and directs the
    Immigration & Human Rights Clinic at St. Mary’s University
    School of Law. She is a 1975 graduate of the University
    of Colorado School of Law, and has been Board
    Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    since 1984. Prior to joining St. Mary’s University, she was
    Co-Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
    Under Law of Texas, Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Project, and was engaged in private practice.
    Joseph A. Vail is a 1979 graduate of Widener Law
    School. He entered the field of immigration law in
    1980 as a volunteer through VISTA (Volunteers In Service
    To America). He was a staff attorney for three years with Gulf Coast Legal Foundation in Houston,
    and from 1984 to 1995 he was in private practice in
    Houston. In 1995 he was appointed as an immigration
    judge with the United States Department of Justice,
    where he served until 1999. From July 1999 to
    the present he has supervised the immigration clinic
    at the University of Houston Law Center where he
    has also taught several courses on immigration law.
    He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal
    Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law.

    Guest Faculty

    Plano: April 19-20, 2007
    J Joseph Reina
    Reina & Associates P.C.
    Dallas
    George Rodriguez
    Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates PC
    Dallas
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez
    Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates PC
    Dallas


    Houston: May 3-4, 2007
    Nancy Falgout
    Attorney-at-Law
    Houston
    Richard S. Fischer
    The Law Offices of Richard S. Fischer
    Nacogdoches

Conference Faculty

Barbara Hines

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Lee J. Terán

St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX

Joseph A. Vail

Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Key Dates

Plano – Apr 19-20, 2007
Conference Concluded
Houston – May 3-4, 2007 – Crowne Plaza Houston-Downtown
Conference Concluded
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Plano
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Apr 11, 2007

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 13, 2007
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Houston
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Apr 25, 2007

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 27, 2007
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 30, 2007

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7600 John Q. Hammons Dr
Plano, TX

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$169.00 good through Mar 22, 2007

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Houston, TX
713-739-8800 (reservations)

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$149.00 good through Apr 20, 2007

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Valet Only: $10 day; $19 overnight

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