Please review our current COVID-19 Protocols for in-person attendance to this conference.

Overview

Join us for UT Law CLE's 2021 Practical Guide to Immigration Removal Proceedings. This 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
  • Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief, and Appeals and Motions to Reopen

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Morning
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.50 hrs
    0.25 hr ethics
    Grounds of Deportability and Inadmissibility
    Review the grounds of deportability and inadmissibility, and hear strategies for contesting common grounds of removal.

    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

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Bond Proceedings
    Examine bond eligibility, evidentiary requirements, and presentation of a bond determination hearing.

    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

  • 10:30 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 10:40 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Challenging NTAs, Motions to Suppress, and Contesting Deportability
    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.

    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

  • 11:40 am
    0.50 hr
    Morning Q&A
    Please submit questions at the registration table, through the Webcast chat, or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.

    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

  • 12:10 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Wednesday Afternoon
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:40 pm
    0.75 hr
    Hot Topics: Prosecutorial Discretion is Back!
    Explore how immigration enforcement priorities have changed, including through the use of prosecutorial discretion. Review recent memos and discuss best practices for submitting requests for prosecutorial discretion.

    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

  • 1:25 pm
    15-Minute Break

  • 1:40 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability
    Discuss the categorical approach, plus a review of crime-based removability grounds, proof of conviction, doctrine of divisibility, and recent case law.

    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

  • 2:40 pm
    0.75 hr
    Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief
    Learn about establishing eligibility for Cancellation of Removal for permanent residents and non-permanent residents, waivers of inadmissibility, and other forms of relief.

    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

  • 3:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    Appeals and Motions to Reopen: The Basics
    Get an outline and overview of the basic rules for filing appeals and motions to reopen.

    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

  • 3:55 pm
    15-Minute Beverage Break

  • 4:10 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Mock Hearings in Immigration Court
    This interactive session gives attendees the opportunity to practice contesting removability,  advocating for release from detention, and appearing via Webex in mock hearings. 

    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

  • 5:10 pm
    0.50 hr
    Afternoon Q&A
    Please submit questions at the registration table, through the Webcast chat, or by email at ConferenceQA@utcle.org.

    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

  • 5:40 pm
    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

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

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

Jacqueline L. Watson

Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
You may claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided in Your Briefcase for your records. The system reports Texas CLE credit every Monday. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com
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 must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance 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 must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. You may also be required to sign-in at the registration desk if you are attending in-person - please see staff onsite for more details. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

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 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.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

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 27, 2021 – AT&T Conference Center
Live Webcast – Oct 27, 2021
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Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 22, 2021

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Oct 25, 2021
Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 20, 2021

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 22, 2021

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Oct 25, 2021

Venue

speaker

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

Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $189 per night. Special room rate is available until September 26, or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. You can reserve by calling 877-744-8822 and mentioning "Immigration Law Conference" or by visiting their website here.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the hotel's attached garage, as well as Rowling Hall Garage. Both garage entrances are located on W 20th St. Guests may self-park or use the hotel's valet services at the University Avenue entrance.

Self-parking fees: 

Hourly Parking:
0-30 minutes, $3
31-60 minutes, $4
1– 2 hours, $6
2– 3 hours, $9
3– 4 hours, $12
4– 5 hours, $15
5– 8 hours, $18
8– 24 hours, $21

Overnight Guests:
Hotel guests may obtain a parking card at the front desk for $21 per night.

Valet Parking Rates:

Daily valet: $20
Overnight valet: $32

Additional Information

The conference will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the AT&T Center. If you self-park in the AT&T Conference Center Garage, please take the conference center elevators to level “M3" and follow signs to the Grand Balroom. If you park in Rowling Hall Garage, please take the elevators to level “B1” and walk across the courtyard to the Conference Center, where you can take the elevators to level "M3" Grand Ballroom. 

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