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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
  • Thursday Morning
  • 8:00 am
    Houston Only
    Conference Room Opens

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

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

    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

    In Houston:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    In Dallas:
    Jason C. Mills, Law Office of Jason Mills - Fort Worth, TX
    In Austin:
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

    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
    Houston Only
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Relief in Immigration Court

    In Houston:
    Raul E. Godinez, Law Office of Raul E. Godinez - Los Angeles, CA
    In Dallas:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    In Austin:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

    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

    In Houston:
    Raul E. Godinez, Law Office of Raul E. Godinez - Los Angeles, CA
    In Dallas:
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Austin:
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Presenting an adjustment claim in court and dealing with possible waivers including 212(h), 212(i) and other less-common waivers to overcome inadmissibility.
  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 12:30 pm
    Houston Only
    Break for Lunch

    Included in course registration fee.
  • 1:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief

    In Houston:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Dallas:
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Austin:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX

    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

    In Houston:
    Brian K. Bates, Reina Bates Immigration Law Group - Houston, TX
    In Dallas:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    In Austin:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

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

    In Houston:
    Brian K. Bates, Reina Bates Immigration Law Group - Houston, TX
    Raul E. Godinez, Law Office of Raul E. Godinez - Los Angeles, CA
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Dallas:
    Jason C. Mills, Law Office of Jason Mills - Fort Worth, TX
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Austin:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Speakers discuss practical solutions to participants' questions and cases in this structured session.
  • 3:15 pm
    0.00 hr ethics
    Adjourn

    Immigration Workshop Faculty

    In Houston:
    Brian K. Bates, Reina Bates Immigration Law Group - Houston, TX
    Raul E. Godinez, Law Office of Raul E. Godinez - Los Angeles, CA
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Dallas:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Jason C. Mills, Law Office of Jason Mills - Fort Worth, TX
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    In Austin:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker

Conference Faculty

Brian K. Bates

Reina Bates Immigration Law Group
Houston, TX

Raul E. Godinez

Law Office of Raul E. Godinez
Los Angeles, CA

Jodi M. Goodwin

Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX

Jason C. Mills

Law Office of Jason Mills
Fort Worth, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

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

Jacqueline L. Watson

Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C.
Austin, TX

Edna Yang

American Gateways
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 – May 5-6, 2011 – Hotel ZaZa
Conference Concluded
Dallas – May 19-20, 2011 – Cityplace Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Austin – Jun 9-10, 2011 – Thompson Conference Center
Conference Concluded
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Houston
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Apr 27, 2011

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 29, 2011
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 2, 2011

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Dallas
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 11, 2011

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 13, 2011
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 16, 2011

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Austin
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Jun 1, 2011

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jun 3, 2011
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jun 6, 2011

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Houston, TX
713-526-1991 (reservations)
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Dallas, TX
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Austin, TX
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