About

UT Law’s 40th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts and to interact with colleagues. Get to know your fellow practitioners from around the state and hear how they are dealing with tough issues.

The 2-day program offers tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based immigration cases and employment-based immigration cases, and the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. 

  • Hear an opening presentation by Benjamin E. Johnson on Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Impact of the Current Political Debate on Immigration Politics and Policy.  
  • Gain practical insight into key family immigration issues—naturalization, adoptions, preventing marriage fraud filings, documenting and proving family relationships, and current children’s immigration issues.
  • Examine business-based immigration topics including PERM, alternatives to H1-B visas, and immigration consequences of downsizing. 
  • Discuss how to address “crimes of moral turpitude” in the Fifth Circuit, the process of removal proceedings and options for relief from removal, including asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention against Torture. 
  • Hear a special 40th Anniversary Luncheon Presentation on The Past Forty Years: Reflections on the Evolution of Immigration Law Practice with Charles C. Foster, Harry Gee, Jr., Harry J. Joe, Robert A. Shivers and Peter D. Williamson
Interact with faculty, fellow practitioners and pro bono organization representatives during Thursday’s Networking Reception and Pro Bono Mixer.

Come a day early for Wednesday's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, October 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Impact of the Current Political Debate on Immigration Politics and Policy

    Benjamin E. Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC

    The current election is unlike any we have seen in modern history, and immigration has been front and center.  What does this mean for the politics and policy of immigration, and what are the chances of immigration reform happening in 2017?
  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Naturalization

    Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Iliana N. Holguin, Dunbar, Armendariz, Hegeman & Holguin, PLLC - El Paso, TX

    Applying for naturalization could be a time for the USCIS to examine your client’s continued claim to lawful permanent resident status. Before you file, find out what hidden dangers to the green card lurk in the shadows. Understand the advantages and obligations of citizenship to discuss with your client and the pitfalls that await you on the Naturalization form.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Adoptions and Immigration Law

    Justine M. Daly, Law Offices Of Justine M. Daly - San Antonio, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    To PERM or Not to PERM: Exploring EB-1, 2, and 3

    Susan Bond, The Law Office of Susan Bond P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Richard A. Gump Jr., The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Lawyering a PERM is a good exercise in jumping to conclusions, pushing your luck, and dodging deadlines. If you don’t PERM, be ready to bolster your evidence for “extraordinary, exceptional, outstanding researcher, and/or in the National Interest.”
  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Religious Occupations and Vocations: From the R-1 Temporary Work Visa to the EB-4 Special Immigrant Visa, and Everything in Between

    Avalyn Castillo Langemeier, Foster LLP - Houston, TX
    Rebecca R. Massiatte, JMO Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX

    Hear a discussion of the basics and current adjudication trends.
  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Thursday Afternoon, October 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Richard A. Gump Jr., The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C. - Dallas, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    The Past Forty Years: Reflections on the Evolution of Immigration Law and Practice

    Moderator:
    Charles C. Foster, Foster LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Harry Gee Jr., Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Harry J. Joe, JMO Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Robert A. Shivers, Shivers & Shivers - San Antonio, TX
    Peter D. Williamson, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX

    Reflecting on the past forty years, hear how the practice of immigration law developed, how immigration law and policy have evolved, and the impact of the UT Law Conference on immigration practice—and what we may see in the forty years ahead!
  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Implications for Immigration Relief After Mathis v. US and Gomez-Perez v. Lynch

    Simon M. Azar-Farr, Simon Azar-Farr & Associates - San Antonio, TX
    Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX

    Learn how to address crimes involving moral turpitude in the Fifth Circuit and whether domestic violence is still considered a crime of moral turpitude.
  • 2:20 pm
    1.25 hrs
    Removal Proceedings and Relief

    Moderator:
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
    Lawrence E. Rushton, The Rushton Law Firm - Bellaire, TX

    Break down the process of a bond hearing and master calendar hearing, learn how to get out of removal, how to get prosecutorial discretion, and what relief may be available to your client.
  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    HELP! Alternatives to H‑1B

    Dorothee B. Mitchell, Foster LLP - Austin, TX
    Linda Rose, Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC - Nashville, TN

    There are many other ways you can HELP your clients when they don't hit the H‑1B jackpot. Learn the ins and outs and pros and cons of H­‑2B, H‑3, E‑1, E‑2, E‑3, L‑1, P‑1, 2, and 3, and other categories such as O‑1, TN… and even F‑1 and (shudder) J‑1.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Documenting and Proving Family Relationships

    Jenna Carl Jabara, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - Dallas, TX

    Relationships are the foundation of all family-based immigration cases. Yet, there are cases where documentation proving the relationship is non-existent or hard to find. How do you prove those relationships?
  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Ask the Experts

    Moderator:
    Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Linda Rose, Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC - Nashville, TN
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Take advantage of an interactive opportunity to have top immigration lawyers answer your questions and provide solutions to your ethical quandaries. Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk.
  • 5:30 pm
    0.25 hr ethics
    Mentoring and Pro Bono

    Jenna Carl Jabara, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - Dallas, TX

    Hear a brief overview of the current landscape in Texas and the needs, opportunities, and available resources for pro bono representation.
  • 5:45 pm
    Austin Only
    Adjourn to Reception

  • NETWORKING RECEPTION AND PRO BONO MIXER (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)

    Enjoy refreshments and a networking opportunity with colleagues, conference faculty, and pro bono organization representatives.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, October 28, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Mona Gupta, Gupta & Wiora, P.C. - Dallas, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Current Disciplinary Issues in Immigration Law

    Robert W. Alcorn, CPA, Public Member, Supreme Court of Texas Grievance Oversight Committee - Dallas, TX
    Marie A. Haspil, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, State Bar of Texas - San Antonio, TX

    Explore current ethical/disciplinary problems in immigration law, including recent sanctions issued, IOLTA accounting, and advertising issues; as well as an opportunity to ask your questions during Q&A.
  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Honey, I Shrank the Company: Immigration Consequences of Downsizing, Rightsizing, and Similar RIFs

    James Devlin Cypert, Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX

    No matter what euphemism or jargon they employ, employers are often forced to make changes in response to tough economic times. Explore how attorneys can help their clients safely navigate the immigration consequences of those changes, including managing the impact on nonimmigrant employees in addition to those in the immigrant process, wage issues, notifying the government of changes in employment, and strategies to assist individuals who may wish to remain in the U.S.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

    Alexandra E. Minnaar, RAICES - Austin, TX
    Megan Sheffield, Equal Justice Center - Austin, TX

    Hear an overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, including state court procedure, affirmative and removal cases, tips on how to avoid RFEs and NOIDs, and the EB-4 backlog.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Overcoming or Preventing Marriage Fraud Findings

    Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
    Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Understand the consequences of marriage fraud on family-based petitions, conditional residency, and naturalization applications, and strategies on how to challenge or prevent unwarranted marriage fraud findings.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Motions to Reopen (MTRs) after Mata

    Alexandre I. Afanassiev, Quan Law Group, PLLC - Houston, TX

    Mata decided that the courts of appeals hold jurisdiction over all motions to reopen filed by aliens. Learn about the decision that overturns Ramos-Bonilla v. Mukasey, potentially providing for judicial review of BIA denials of requests for equitable tolling of the motion to reopen deadline, and affecting other jurisdictional issues including the departure bar.
  • 12:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, October 28, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Protecting Children

    Denise L. Gilman, The University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic - Austin, TX
    Elissa Steglich, The University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic - Austin, TX

    Hear dialogue on current children’s immigration issues, including a discussion of the factors that have led children and their parents to arrive in the United States, the protections that may be available to them, and the need for expanding immigration legal representation. Get an update on family detention, litigation relating to the Flores Settlement Agreement, and other immigration policies impacting accompanied and unaccompanied children.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Taking Care of Ourselves: Lessons in Work–Life Balance and Self-Care

    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Yasmin Yavar, Children’s Immigration Law Academy, American Bar Association - Houston, TX

    In a high-stress profession, everyone is vulnerable to destructive habits harmful to ourselves and our clients. Hear a candid discussion about the reality of risk to the profession and anecdotal tips for changing the statistics.
  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism

    Simon M. Azar-Farr, Simon Azar-Farr & Associates - San Antonio, TX

    Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    ¿Habla Cubano?

    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Vanna Slaughter, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. - Dallas, TX

    Record numbers of Cubans are arriving at the Texas border with Mexico, as renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba portend the elimination of the Cuban Adjustment Act. Discover the special forms of relief available to Cubans, including public benefits, employment authorization, family reunification opportunities, and special adjustment of status application procedures.
  • 3:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT)

    Jeanie McClellen, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Robert Painter, American Gateways - Austin, TX

    Get an overview of asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention against Torture (CAT), from the perspective of a pro bono attorney. The discussion includes working with individuals in detention and how to work in a trauma-informed manner when representing asylum seekers.
  • 3:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Alexandre I. Afanassiev

Quan Law Group, PLLC
Houston, TX

Robert W. Alcorn, CPA

Public Member, Supreme Court of Texas Grievance Oversight Committee
Dallas, TX

Simon M. Azar-Farr

Simon Azar-Farr & Associates
San Antonio, TX

Susan Bond

The Law Office of Susan Bond P.C.
Dallas, TX

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

James Devlin Cypert

Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC
Houston, TX

Justine M. Daly

Law Offices Of Justine M. Daly
San Antonio, TX

Amelia Ruiz Fischer

Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law
Nacogdoches, TX

Richard S. Fischer

Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law
Nacogdoches, TX

Eugene J. Flynn

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

Charles C. Foster

Foster LLP
Houston, TX

Francisco J. García

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX

Harry Gee Jr.

Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC
Houston, TX

Denise L. Gilman

The University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic
Austin, 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

Marie A. Haspil

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, State Bar of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Iliana N. Holguin

Dunbar, Armendariz, Hegeman & Holguin, PLLC
El Paso, TX

Jenna Carl Jabara

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Harry J. Joe

JMO Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Benjamin E. Johnson

Executive Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington, DC

Avalyn Castillo Langemeier

Foster LLP
Houston, TX

Rebecca R. Massiatte

JMO Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Jeanie McClellen

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Alexandra E. Minnaar

RAICES
Austin, TX

Dorothee B. Mitchell

Foster LLP
Austin, TX

Irene G. Mugambi

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

Robert Painter

American Gateways
Austin, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Linda Rose

Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC
Nashville, TN

Lawrence E. Rushton

The Rushton Law Firm
Bellaire, TX

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez

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

Megan Sheffield

Equal Justice Center
Austin, TX

Robert A. Shivers

Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX

Vanna Slaughter

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Elissa Steglich

The University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic
Austin, TX

Peter D. Williamson

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX

Yasmin Yavar

Children’s Immigration Law Academy, American Bar Association
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez—Co-Chair

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

Jacqueline L. Watson—Co-Chair

Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX

Simon M. Azar-Farr

Simon Azar-Farr & Associates
San Antonio, 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

Harry Gee Jr.

Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC
Houston, 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

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

Nancy Taylor Shivers

Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX

Vanna Slaughter

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Dallas, 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

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.
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 27-28, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
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Live Webcast – Oct 27-28, 2016
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Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 26, 2016

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 19, 2016

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 21, 2016
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Live Webcast
Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 21, 2016
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 24, 2016

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Venue

speaker

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

Accommodations

$189 room rate good through September 25, 2016 (subject to availability). 
Reserve your room online

Parking Information

Daily Self-Parking: $6
Overnight Self-Parking: $10
Daily Valet Parking: $26

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