About

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 both family immigration law and employment immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, 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
  • Monday Afternoon, October 5, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - 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

    Sarah E. Woelk, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX

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

    Jenna Carl, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - 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. Hear an overview of 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
    0.25 hr ethics
    Introduction to Employment Immigration Practice

    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
    Judy J. Lee, Foster LLP - Houston, TX

    A review of the most common types of work visas and permanent residency options available to foreign nationals and the requirements and important features of each category.
  • 4:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Introduction to Removal Proceedings

    Jennifer Walker Gates, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX
    Susannah Volpe, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    An introduction to Immigration Court proceedings and potential defenses against removal.
  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn


  • Austin Only
    WELCOME RECEPTION (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)

    Meet and network with your fellow immigration law practitioners for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Conference Faculty

Jenna Carl

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Francisco J. García

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX

Judy J. Lee

Foster LLP
Houston, TX

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

Vanna Slaughter

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Susannah Volpe

Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX

Jennifer Walker Gates

Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX

Sarah E. Woelk

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
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

Simon M. Azar-Farr

Simon Azar-Farr & Associates
San Antonio, TX

M. Elizabeth "Liz" Cedillo-Pereira

Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, PLLC
Irving, TX

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Michael J. Churgin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Richard S. Fischer

Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law
Nacogdoches, TX

Eugene J. Flynn

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

Francisco J. García

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, 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

Harry J. Joe

JMO Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Judy J. Lee

Foster LLP
Houston, TX

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law
Austin, TX

Javier N. Maldonado

Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC
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

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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance 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. 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.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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

Key Dates

Austin – Oct 5, 2015 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast – Oct 5, 2015
Conference Concluded
Buy
Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Sep 29, 2015

Add $30 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Sep 29, 2015

Add $30 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Sep 29, 2015

Add $30 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 29, 2015
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 1, 2015

$50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 5, 2015

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 29, 2015
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 1, 2015

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

speaker

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

Accommodations

$169 room rate good through September 4, 2015 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

Daily Self-Parking: $4
Overnight Self-Parking: $10
Daily Valet Parking: $25

Subscribe to Our Hooked on CLE Monthly Newsletter