University of Texas School of Law
37th Annual
Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law
Austin Oct 24-25, 2013 AT&T Conference Center
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UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Program Features
UT Law’s Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and offers an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally-recognized experts, as well as to interact with colleagues.

This year's program focuses on the latest developments of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, dissects the anatomy of a removal case from start to finish, and provides a complete evidentiary road map in a 2-part fundamentals to advanced evidence series. Gregory Siskind and AILA representative Anu Joshi lead a special presentation—The Process, Politics and Prospects of Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress.

Come a day early for Wednesday's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrance to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, the basics of family immigration law practice and removal proceedings, offers 1.25 hours ethics credit with a discussion on the issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice, plus a Welcome Reception.

Save $25 and earn up to 20.50 hours of credit including 3.50 hours ethics when you register for both!

UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

11/19/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Oct. 24, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

7:30 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:25 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Hot Topics in Employer Sanctions/Compliance and Removal

A review of the newest of the new—a sneak peek at the hot-button issues including Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Removal.

Richard S. Fischer, The Law Offices of Richard S. Fischer - Nacogdoches, TX
Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Naturalization on the Whole

The ever-changing world of immigration and naturalization law.

Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
Clarissa Guajardo, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Are You/Are You Not a U.S. Citizen? Derivative Citizenship

Oftentimes, clients come to your office regarding their immigration options, not knowing that they may be United States citizens. Clients also come to your office having been told all their lives that they are United States citizens, but are now being denied U.S. passports. This session explores the various means of proving citizenship, acquired and derived, as well as how to respond to Department of State allegations against United States citizens.

Olsa Alikaj-Cano, FosterQuan, LLP - Houston, TX
Nathaniel R. Martinez, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Houston, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Evidence 101: Standards, Burdens, How-to Proof, FOIA/TRIP/SAVE

An evidence road map, including formulating a theory of the case, administrative and judicial notice, and building an evidentiary record for possible review of constitutional claims over which the Immigration Court lacks jurisdiction.

Brian K. Bates, Reina Bates Immigration Law Group - Houston, TX
Elisabeth S. "Lisa" Brodyaga, Refugio del Rio Grande - San Benito, TX

12:15 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 24, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

The Process, Politics and Prospects of Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

For the last ten months, Washington, DC, has been teeming with news of immigration reform, but what does it all mean? More important, what can you do about it? A look at the process, politics and prospects of immigration reform in the 113th Congress.

Anu Joshi, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC
Gregory Siskind, Siskind Susser - Memphis, TN

 
1:15 pm
Break

1:30 pm

1.00 hr

Rules of Evidence in Removal Proceedings

Advanced coverage of the various facets of evidence, types of evidence and general admissibility issues.

Simon M. Azar-Farr, Attorney at Law - San Antonio, TX
Imran B. Mirza, Law Office of Imran Beg Mirza - Houston, TX

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

Family-Sponsored Immigration

A focus on basic concepts in family-based immigration such as who can file for whom and when, using old priority dates, the definition of “child,” cross-chargeability, the Child Status Protection Act, the Adam Walsh Act, affidavit of support requirements, widows and battered spouses/children.

Janet B. Beck, University of Houston Law Center - Houston, TX
Sarah Zoller Brown, Miley & Brown, P.C. - Dallas, TX

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Anatomy of a Removal Case

Immigration law experts, including a recently retired immigration court judge and former Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, examine the mechanics of removal proceedings from initiation of proceedings through the bond process, all the way to the removability phase of the case. Gain insight on presenting the best case possible—from legal strategy to practical considerations.

Moderator:
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Jimmie L. Benton, Gill & Benton - Houston, TX
Joel R. Gonzalez, Cote & Gonzalez PLLC - San Antonio, TX
Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

4:45 pm

1.00 hr

U/T/VAWA/SIJ

An in-depth review of immigration remedies for vulnerable populations and crime victims, including U Visas, T Visas, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Status.

Wafa Abdul Rauof Abdin, Catholic Charities - Houston, TX
Elise Thompson Harriger, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX

5:45 pm

0.25 hr ethics

Pro Bono

A pro bono practitioner and client briefly talk about their experiences as they relate to the value and benefits of pro bono representation. Get inspired to share your time and expertise with nonprofit immigration programs in Texas.

Paul Trahan, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP - Austin, TX
Wael Samir Abdelaty, Pro Bono Client - Austin, TX

6:00 pm
Adjourn to Mixer

6:00 pm
PRO BONO MIXER

Enjoy refreshments and a networking opportunity with colleagues, conference faculty and pro bono organization representatives.

Friday Morning, Oct. 25, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Hot Topics in Immigration Reform and Family Immigration Law

The latest developments in immigration reform efforts, including an examination of some of the biggest issues included in the Senate immigration reform bill—SB 744—and what the House’s options are moving forward, an exploration of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, and what it all means for family-based immigration.

Anu Joshi, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC
Carl M. Shusterman, Law Offices of Carl Shusterman - Los Angeles, CA

9:30 am

0.75 hr

AOS Versus Consular Processing

Advantages of adjustment of status, inspected and admitted or paroled, 245(1), approvable when filed, adjustment strategies, various consular procedures, and provisional waivers.

Harry Gee Jr., Harry Gee, Jr. & Associates, PLLC - Houston, TX
Mona Gupta, Gupta & Wiora, P.C. - Dallas, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Waivers of Inadmissibility

An overview of immigrant visa waivers of inadmissibility, including the stateside unlawful presence waiver, and a general look at non-immigrant visa waivers. Get practical tips as well as an understanding of the law.

Magali S. Candler, FosterQuan, LLP - Houston, TX
Jason C. Mills, Law Office of Jason Mills - Fort Worth, TX

11:30 am

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Crimmigration

Experienced "crimmigration" practitioners review the latest developments regarding immigration consequences of criminal convictions, including a Supreme Court case law update, a practical application of the modified categorical approach, and ethical considerations when advising non-citizens on plea agreements.

Moderator:
Jacqueline L. Watson, Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr., P.C. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Carlos M. García, García & García, Attorneys at Law P.L.L.C. - McAllen, TX
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, University of Denver Sturm College of Law - Denver, CO

12:30 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 25, 2013

Presiding Officer:
Cristina Zambrano, Zambrano Law Office - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:45 pm

0.75 hr

State and Local Anti-Immigrant Laws: Update on the Fight Against Patchwork Immigration Enforcement

Nationally-recognized civil rights attorney Nina Perales, lead attorney in Reyes v. City of Farmers Branch, discusses recent developments in the fight against anti-immigrant local ordinances and state laws.

Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF - San Antonio, TX

 
1:30 pm
Break

1:45 pm

1.00 hr

What the H? What the L? What You Need to Know about Non-Immigrant Visas

What is the best option when your client qualifies for several different work visas—H-1B professional worker, L-1 intracompany transferee, TN NAFTA professional worker or E Treaty Investor/Trader? Hear the practical, legal and processing challenges of each of these visas.

Judy J. Lee, FosterQuan, LLP - Houston, TX
Susan K. McConn, FosterQuan, LLP - Houston, TX

2:45 pm

0.75 hr

PERM Building Blocks: The Basics

An overview of what it takes to build a PERM case on solid ground, including practice-specific examples and how-tos concerning the "blocks" of a PERM case.

Rebecca R. Massiatte, Jackson Lewis LLP - Dallas, TX
Paige L. Taylor, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP - Dallas, TX

3:30 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Work Site Enforcement: The New World of I-9s and E-Verify

Conflicting agency interpretations of the new I-9 coupled with increasing E-verify usage causes employer headaches. Learn how to manage verification and work site compliance challenges and how to negotiate with the enforcement agencies.

Richard A. Gump Jr., Attorney at Law - Dallas, TX
Kathleen Campbell Walker, Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated - El Paso, TX

4:30 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Ask the Experts

An interactive opportunity to have top immigration lawyers answer your questions. Please submit your questions in advance to service@utcle.org or onsite at the conference registration desk.

Moderator:
Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Wael Samir Abdelaty
Pro Bono Client
Austin, TX
Wafa Abdul Rauof Abdin
Catholic Charities
Houston, TX
Olsa Alikaj-Cano
FosterQuan, LLP
Houston, TX
Simon M. Azar-Farr
Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX
Brian K. Bates
Reina Bates Immigration Law Group
Houston, TX
Janet B. Beck
University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Hon. Jimmie L. Benton
Gill & Benton
Houston, TX
Elisabeth S. "Lisa" Brodyaga
Refugio del Rio Grande
San Benito, TX
Sarah Zoller Brown
Miley & Brown, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Magali S. Candler
FosterQuan, LLP
Houston, TX
Richard S. Fischer
The Law Offices of Richard S. Fischer
Nacogdoches, TX
Eugene J. Flynn
Eugene J. Flynn, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Carlos M. García
García & García, Attorneys at Law P.L.L.C.
McAllen, TX
Francisco J. García
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO
Harry Gee Jr.
Harry Gee, Jr. & Associates, PLLC
Houston, TX
Joel R. Gonzalez
Cote & Gonzalez PLLC
San Antonio, TX
Jodi M. Goodwin
Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX
Clarissa Guajardo
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Richard A. Gump Jr.
Attorney at Law
Dallas, TX
Mona Gupta
Gupta & Wiora, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Elise Thompson Harriger
Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
Austin, TX
Anu Joshi
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington, DC
Judy J. Lee
FosterQuan, LLP
Houston, TX
Nathaniel R. Martinez
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Houston, TX
Rebecca R. Massiatte
Jackson Lewis LLP
Dallas, TX
Susan K. McConn
FosterQuan, LLP
Houston, TX
Jason C. Mills
Law Office of Jason Mills
Fort Worth, TX
Imran B. Mirza
Law Office of Imran Beg Mirza
Houston, TX
Nina Perales
Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF
San Antonio, TX
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Carl M. Shusterman
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
Los Angeles, CA
Gregory Siskind
Siskind Susser
Memphis, TN
Paige L. Taylor
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Dallas, TX
Paul Trahan
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Austin, TX
Kathleen Campbell Walker
Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated
El Paso, 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 & Cedillo, PLLC
Dallas, 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, Jr. & Associates, PLLC
Houston, TX
Jodi M. Goodwin
Law Office of Jodi Goodwin
Harlingen, TX
Richard A. Gump Jr.
Attorney at Law
Dallas, TX
Mona Gupta
Gupta & Wiora, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Harry J. Joe
Jackson Lewis LLP
Dallas, 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
Anuj A. Shah
Law Office of Anuj A. Shah
Houston, TX
Nancy Taylor Shivers
Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX
Vanna Slaughter
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Michelle M. Turner
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, 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
Cristina Zambrano
Zambrano Law Office
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
16.25 hrs  |  2.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Immigration and Nationality Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
16.25 hrs  |  2.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Louisiana
20.50 hrs  |  3.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Oklahoma
19.50 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
19.50 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 18, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 10% (5-9) early registration: Oct 18, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group 20% (10+) early registration: Oct 18, 2013
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 18, 2013
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 21, 2013
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2013 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

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

Accommodations

$174.00 good through Oct 16, 2013
Reserve your room online.

Parking Information

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