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. 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
  • Day 1 Morning
  • 8:00 am
    Houston Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:55 am
    Houston Only
    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

    Bond eligibility and strategies for presenting bond applications.
  • 10:45 am
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Contesting Deportability

    Procedural challenges to the Notice to Appear; evidentiary challenges; and tele-video procedures and challenges.
  • Day 1 Afternoon
  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Adjourn to Lunch Break - 1 hour

    Box lunch included in course registration.
  • 1:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Citizenship

    How to identify citizenship claims in removal proceedings. Strategies for asserting claims in removal proceedings.
  • 2:00 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.
  • 3:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Demonstrations: Bond Re-Determination Proceedings and Master Calendar Hearings

    The session opens with a short general discussion of Removal Proceedings, then conference faculty will role-play a demonstration of bond re-determination proceedings and master calendar hearings.
  • 4:15 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.
  • 4:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Questions and Answers

    Speakers discuss practical solutions to participants' questions and cases.
  • 5:15 pm
    Houston Only
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Day 2 Morning
  • 8:00 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Family-Based Visas and Proceedings

    Overview of the family-based visa process and practical tips on preparing applications including those in removal proceedings.
  • 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

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Relief in Immigration Court

    Dealing with relief once removability has been established. Tips for trial strategy including documentation, use of experts, and witness preparation.
  • 11:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Adjustment in Court

    Presenting an adjustment claim in court and dealing with possible waivers including 212(h), 212(i) and other less common waivers to overcome inadmissibility.
  • Day 2 Afternoon
  • 12:30 pm
    Adjourn to Lunch Break - 45 minutes

    Box lunch included in course registration.
  • 1:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief

    Establishing eligibility for Cancellation of Removal for permanent residents and non-permanent residents, section 212(c) waivers, stand-alone section 212(h) waivers, and other forms of relief from removal.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Appeals and Motions to Reopen: The Basics

    An outline and overview of the basic rules for filing appeals and motions to reopen.
  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Questions and Answers

    Speakers discuss practical solutions to participants' questions and cases.
  • 3:15 pm
    0.00 hr ethics
    Adjourn
    Immigration Fundamentals Faculty

    Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Nancy A. Falgout, Nancy A. Falgout, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Richard S. Fischer, The Law Office of Richard S. Fischer - Nacogdoches, TX
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Hines & Leigh, P.C. - Austin, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

Conference Faculty

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Dallas, TX

Nancy A. Falgout

Nancy A. Falgout, P.C.
Houston, TX

Richard S. Fischer

The Law Office of Richard S. Fischer
Nacogdoches, TX

Jodi M. Goodwin

Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX

George Rodriguez

Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Jacqueline L. Watson

Hines & Leigh, P.C.
Austin, TX

Edna Yang

American Gateways
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Michael J. Esposito

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Jodi M. Goodwin

Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Danny Salas-Porras

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, 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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Houston – Apr 20-21, 2010 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
Conference Concluded
Austin – May 13-14, 2010 – Thompson Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Dallas – May 25-26, 2010 – Belo Mansion
Conference Concluded
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Houston
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Apr 12, 2010

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 14, 2010
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 16, 2010

$50 processing fee applied

Austin
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 7, 2010

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 7, 2010
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 10, 2010

$50 processing fee applied

Dallas
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 17, 2010

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 19, 2010
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 21, 2010

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

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816 Town and Country Blvd. Suite 210
Houston, TX 77024
713.590.0950
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2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX
512.471.3121
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2101 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX
214.220.0239
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Self Parking $3 per day for Dallas Bar Members; $10 per day non-Dallas Bar members

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