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UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of family immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, details issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice, and features a Welcome Reception. 

Continue on at the Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law for two full days of coverage on advanced issues.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Afternoon, Oct. 15, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Sarah E. Woelk, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

  • 12:50 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 1:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    United States Immigration Laws: An Overview

    Paul Parsons, Paul Parsons, PC - Austin, TX

    A discussion of the interplay of unlawful presence, out of status, nonimmigrant, immigrant and citizenship status for foreign nationals, their employers and their families.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Immigration Agencies and Basic Terms

    Barbara Hines, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    An overview of the various immigration agencies and basic immigration terminology.
  • 2:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Introduction to Family Immigration Practice

    M. Elizabeth "Liz" Cedillo-Pereira, Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Vanna Slaughter, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - Dallas, TX

    Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of our immigration policy, accounting for two-thirds of all immigration to the U.S. in a given year. This overview discusses family visa categories, the qualifications for each, and the application procedures which govern family petitions.
  • 3:30 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Introduction to Removal Proceedings 

    Barbara Hines, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
    Stephanie Rodriguez Taylor, American Gateways - Austin, TX

    An overview of Immigration Court procedures, defenses and discretionary relief.
  • 4:45 pm
    WELCOME RECEPTION (4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)

    Meet and network with your fellow immigration law practitioners for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a lively ethics presentation at 5:15 p.m.
  • 5:15 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Immigration Case Management and Beginning Ethics

    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX

    An immigration practice involves much more than filling out forms. Explore the ethical and practical issues that new practitioners should prepare for.
  • 6:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

M. Elizabeth "Liz" Cedillo-Pereira

Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Barbara Hines

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

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

Vanna Slaughter

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Stephanie Rodriguez Taylor

American Gateways
Austin, TX

Jacqueline L. Watson

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

Planning Committee

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez—Co-Chair

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

Jacqueline L. Watson—Co-Chair

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

M. Elizabeth "Liz" Cedillo-Pereira

Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Michael J. Churgin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Richard S. Fischer

The Law Offices of Richard S. Fischer
Nacogdoches, TX

Eugene J. Flynn

Eugene J. Flynn, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Francisco J. GarcĂ­a

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX

Harry Gee Jr.

Harry Gee, Jr. & Associates, PLLC
Houston, TX

Raed Gonzalez

Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
Houston, TX

Jodi M. Goodwin

Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX

Richard A. Gump Jr.

The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C.
Dallas, TX

Mona Gupta

Gupta & Wiora, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Barbara Hines

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Joanna Jefferson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Judy J. Lee

FosterQuan, LLP
Houston, TX

Anne D. Monahan

Law Office of Anne D. Monahan
San Antonio, TX

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Nancy Taylor Shivers

Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX

Vanna Slaughter

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Kathleen Campbell Walker

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated
El Paso, TX

Peter D. Williamson

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX

Sarah E. Woelk

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.

Key Dates

Austin – Oct 15, 2014 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast – Oct 15, 2014
Conference Concluded
Buy
Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 8, 2014

Add $30 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 10, 2014
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 13, 2014

$50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 15, 2014

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 10, 2014
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 13, 2014

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

speaker

111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX
512.478.9611 (reservations)

Accommodations

$164 room rate good through September 15, 2014 (subject to availability).

Reserve your room online.

Parking Information

$3 daily self-parking; $8 overnight self-parking; $24 valet parking

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