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Join us for UT Law CLE's 2020 Practical Guide to Immigration Removal Proceedings. This virtual course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, criminal lawyers, family lawyers, and employment lawyers involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. Hear techniques and tactics for effectively handling typical and atypical problems. Interact with top immigration practitioners and gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients, while protecting yourself and your practice.

This course walks through:

  • Recent Developments in Immigration Removal Proceedings
  • Ground for Deportability and Inadmissibility
  • Bond Proceedings, Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability
  • Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability
  • Relief in Immigration Court
  • Asylum
  • Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief, and Appeals and Motions to Reopen

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
  • 8:50 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 9:00 am
    1.50 hrs
    0.25 hr ethics
    Grounds of Deportability and Inadmissibility

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Review the grounds of deportability and inadmissibility, and hear strategies for contesting common grounds of removal.
  • 10:30 am
    0.25 hr
    Q&A: Grounds of Deportability and Inadmissibility

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    1.50 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Bond Proceedings (approx. 30 min.)

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Examine bond eligibility, evidentiary requirements, and presentation of a bond determination hearing.

    Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability (approx. 1 hr)
    Learn how to launch procedural challenges to the Notice to Appear (NTA) and the timing, process, and substance of a Motion to Suppress. Discuss how to challenge individual allegations in the NTA, including burdens of proof, evidentiary challenges, and assessing citizenship claims.
  • 12:30 pm
    0.25 hr
    Q&A: Bond Proceedings, Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 12:45 pm
    Live Webcast Only
    Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 1:05 p.m. (Webcast)

  • Faculty

    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 1:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments in Immigration Removal Proceedings

    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

  • 1:35 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    1.50 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Discuss the categorical approach, plus a review of crime-based removability grounds, proof of conviction, doctrine of divisibility, and recent case law.
  • 3:20 pm
    0.25 hr
    Q&A: ​Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Relief in Immigration Court

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Learn how to build your case for relief and prepare for trial, including tips on gathering and organizing documentary evidence, preparing witnesses to testify. We will also discuss how to deal with ethical issues relating to your duty of candor to the court, confidentiality, and zealous advocacy.
  • 4:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Q&A: Relief in Immigration Court and Wrap-Up

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
  • 8:00 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Ethical Issues and Self Care in Immigration Law in the Age of COVID-19

    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Learn the importance of taking care of yourself to not skate the edges of ethical representation with issue of competence and lack of communication. Attention to burn out and secondary trauma are key to keeping yourself on career marathon instead of sprint!
  • 8:30 am
    1.50 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Changes to Asylum Policy (approx. 1 hr)

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    In the changing world of asylum policy, learn how to present defense claims for asylum, withholding of removal, and deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, including basic eligibility, crafting social group claims, issues with derivatives, and preserving issues for appeal.

    Federal Court Actions (approx. 30 min)
    Agency decisions are often just the first step in a long legal journey. Whether the issue is review, mandamus, or habeas, learn the nuts and bolts of getting your immigration case before a federal court.
  • 10:00 am
    0.25 hr
    Q&A: Changes to Asylum Policy and Federal Court Actions

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    1.25 hrs
    0.25 hr ethics
    Adjustment of Status (approx. 30 min.)

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Explore the criteria and opportunities for adjustment of status, including family based visas and proceedings, priority dates, grandfathering, and presentation of the case in immigration court.
     
    Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief (approx. 25 min.)
    Learn about establishing eligibility for Cancellation of Removal for permanent residents and non-permanent residents, waivers of inadmissibility, and other forms of relief.
     
    Appeals and Motions to Reopen: The Basics (approx. 20 min.)
    Get an outline and overview of the basic rules for filing appeals and motions to reopen.
  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Q&A: Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of Removal, Appeals and Motions to Reopen, and Wrap-Up

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Please submit questions through the Webcast chat or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 12:15 pm
    Live Webcast Only
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Javier N. Maldonado

Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC
San Antonio, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

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

Erica B. Schommer

St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX

Jacqueline L. Watson

Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
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

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
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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.
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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

Live Webcast – Jun 4-5, 2020
Conference Concluded
San Antonio - CANCELED – Jun 4-5, 2020 – Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio North Stone Oak
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