About

UT Law's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. It provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of family immigration law and employment immigration law, and offers an introduction to removal proceedings.
 
Stay on for the 2-day 42nd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law – for the latest developments, guidance, and in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice in a changing political climate. 
 

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Afternoon, Oct. 24, 2018
    Presiding Officer:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes light refreshments. 
  • 12:50 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 1:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Understanding United States Immigration and Nationality Laws 

    Paul Parsons, Paul Parsons, PC - Austin, TX

    Hear 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
    1.00 hr
    Immigration Agencies and Basic Immigration Terminology

    Amanda Baran, Immigration Policy Consultant - Arlington, VA
    Sarah E. Woelk, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX

    Explore the roles of various federal agencies involved in the administration of U.S. immigration laws, strategies for communicating with these agencies, and basic immigration law terminology.
  • 3:00 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Strategies and Practice Pointers for Family-Based and Citizenship Cases in the Age of Enforcement

    Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Lakshmi Nayar, Nayar & McIntyre, LLP - Dallas, TX

    Learn how to navigate and avoid pitfalls in family-based adjustment and consular processing cases, and naturalization. Address hot issues in the adjudication of these applications including NTAs upon denial, RFE’s, public charge, and fraud findings.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Immigration Law in the Age of Enforcement: Employment

    Caroline Tang, Ogletree Deakins - Austin, TX
    Heather J. Whitfield, Ogletree Deakins - Houston, TX

    Immigration issues have been a key focus of the current administration. Discuss high-profile changes pursued by the current administration, including travel bans and adjudication trends. Also, survey changes looming on the immigration landscape, including updates on DACA/”the Dreamers,” temporary protected status, NAFTA, H-1B, and L-1 visas.
  • 4:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Navigating Removals and Asylum Applications in the Age of Enforcement

    Mark Kinzler, The Law Office of Mark Kinzler, P.C. - Austin, TX
    Sarah Vidal, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

    Get practical tips and information for practitioners attempting to navigate removal defense and defensive asylum applications under the increasingly oppressive policies of the current administration.
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Amanda Baran

Immigration Policy Consultant
Arlington, VA

Mark Kinzler

The Law Office of Mark Kinzler, P.C.
Austin, TX

Irene G. Mugambi

Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C.
Dallas, TX

Lakshmi Nayar

Nayar & McIntyre, LLP
Dallas, TX

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

Caroline Tang

Ogletree Deakins
Austin, TX

Sarah Vidal

Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX

Heather J. Whitfield

Ogletree Deakins
Houston, TX

Sarah E. Woelk

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Jacqueline L. Watson—Co-Chair

Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez—Co-Chair

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

Joanna Jefferson—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Laura F. Bachman

Phoenix, AZ

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Michael J. Churgin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Eugene J. Flynn

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

Francisco J. García

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX

Harry Gee Jr.

Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC
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

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

Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Afffairs
Dallas, TX

Kathleen C. Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC
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. Self-report your CLE credit directly to The Florida Bar at www.floridabar.org. 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of New Mexico 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.
No Additional Credit Information.
​PLEASE NOTE: for Louisiana, the maximum that an attorney can claim for an online course is 4.00 hours. To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana 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 Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
As a Sponsor, The University of Texas School of Law conferences, live webcasts and webcast replays (on-demand) can be approved for MCLE credit by the New Mexico MCLE Board. The attorney can request individual credit for a course if he or she certifies that the course was beneficial to his or her practice of law by completing the MCLE_02 Form for conferences and live webcasts or MCLE_04 Form for webcast replays (on-demand). The attorney must request the credit within 30 days of attending the course.
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.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
f 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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. 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 .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
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 24, 2018 – AT&T Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast – Oct 24, 2018
Conference Concluded
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Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 17, 2018

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 17, 2018

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 17, 2018

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 19, 2018
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 22, 2018

$50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast
Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 17, 2018
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 19, 2018

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

speaker

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

Special Room Rate: $189 good through September 23, 2018. Reference "UT Law Immigration Conference" when you call reservations.

Parking Information

Free daily self-parking at UT garages. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.  

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