University of Texas School of Law
42nd Annual
Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law
Austin Oct 25-26, 2018 AT&T Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast Oct 25-26, 2018
Conference Concluded

UT Law CLE

2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Program Features
In a constantly changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law are more important than ever. UT Law’s 42nd 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 interact with your fellow practitioners. The 2-day program offers in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice, and provides tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points, including the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. Gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients while protecting yourself and your practice.
  • Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions.
  • Gain practical insight into new immigration policies and current key issues in Top Changes in Immigration Law Realities.
  • Examine business-based immigration topics including an overview of work visas, PERM processing, and the rise of worksite audits and enforcement investigations.
  • Explore the legal framework and unique jurisprudence that has developed at ports-of-entry, as well as individual remedies that may exist.
  • Discuss changes for those seeking asylum, VAWA adjustment, and SIJ status, plus tips for a positive adjudication from USCIS.
  • Learn how to identify fraud in an immigration case, and explore the potential pitfalls for lawyers and their clients.
  • Interact with faculty, fellow practitioners and pro bono organization representatives during Thursday’s Networking Reception and Pro Bono Mixer.
Come a day early for the Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners.

UT Law CLE

2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

12/14/18
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Oct. 25, 2018

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

What a Difference A Year Makes: Top Ten Changes to the Practice of Immigration Law and What Attorneys Can Do To Protect Clients' Interests.

Practicing immigration law now requires maintaining up to the minute vigilance on changes to policy, regulations, procedures, and laws. Focus on the most critical changes in the areas of family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, removal proceedings, and due process for immigrants during the last year and when/how attorneys should challenge adverse changes affecting their clients.

Moderator:
Laura F. Bachman, ASISTA - Phoenix, AZ
Panelist:
Kathleen C. Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX
Amanda L. Waterhouse, Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC - Houston, TX

9:15 am

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Everywhere is a "Border:" The Legal Framework at Checkpoints and Ports-of-Entry

A unique jurisprudence has developed regarding our borders that is not limited by geography. Discuss the powers that Congress has sought to grant the federal government at the border, within a "reasonable distance" from the border, and at designated ports of entry. Also, examine the constitutional limitations on federal power in these areas, as well as any individual remedies that may exist. 

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

I-130 Visa Petitions: From the Basics to the Battles

Discuss both fundamental and advanced concepts related to I-130 visa petitions. Speakers will offer a variety of legal strategies and hit on some hot topics in this area.  

Ann K. Miller, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Dallas, TX
Marisol L. Pérez, De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz - San Antonio, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr

PERM and I-140

Learn about the latest trends in I-140 adjudication and PERMs, including ideas and practical advice on how to handle the employment-based immigration process in this era of greater scrutiny and restriction.

Faye M. Kolly, De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendáriz LLP - Austin, TX
Judy J. Lee, Foster LLP - Houston, TX
Maggie Murphy, Jackson Lewis P.C. - Austin, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 25, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.75 hr

Gone to Texas: Migration Vital to Growth in the Lone Star State

Texas has relied on a large and sustained influx of workers from other states and other countries. These transplants—making up nearly half of the state’s workforce—account for an even larger share of Texas’ growth than their relative numbers. Significantly, this inflow brought the types of workers most in demand. Changes to immigration policy and slowing immigration can disrupt what’s been a key factor sustaining Texas’ growth premium.

Pia M. Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Dallas, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.75 hr

Consular Processing: Hidden Grounds for Visa Denial

Examine reasons for denial relating to alien smuggling, drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership, and public charge grounds. Discuss how to identify these grounds, as well as employ strategies, to avoid or overcome visa denial.

Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
Rosemary Vega, University of Houston Law Center, Immigration Clinic - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

Change of Status/NIVs

Hear an overview of recent changes in policies and regulations and the impact of these changes on NIV processing (B1/B2, F-1, H-1B). Discuss how to advise your clients and guide them through lengthy adjudications, avoid overstays, and unlawful presence.

Susan Bond, The Law Office of Susan Bond P.C. - Dallas, TX
James Devlin Cypert, Gee & Zhang, LLP - Houston, TX

3:05 pm
Break

3:15 pm

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Anatomy of Immigration Fraud + Waivers and Other Remedies

Using REAL case studies, identify the immigration fraud issues you should be aware of and the potential pitfalls. Explore what fraud actually looks like in an immigration case, strategies for successful waivers, as well as for avoiding a finding of fraud. 

Patrick K. O'Rourke, Gee & Zhang, LLP - Houston, TX
Jennifer Walker Gates, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

4:15 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Pitfalls for Zealous Attorneys: Fraud and Misrepresentation

Make note of how lawyers can zealously represent clients and still avoid ethical pitfalls that can result in sanctions, discipline, and disqualification. This discussion will include court decisions highlighting lawyers’ mistakes that have resulted in serious consequences—what to do and, more importantly, what not to do!

Charles Herring Jr., Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

5:00 pm

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Ask the Experts

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.

Moderator:
Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX
Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX
Maggie Murphy, Jackson Lewis P.C. - Austin, TX

5:45 pm
Pro Bono Introduction

Pro bono work doesn't just serve the community. Explore ways to integrate pro bono service into your practice, and learn how it can benefit you as well. 

5:55 pm

Austin Only

Adjourn to Networking Reception and Pro Bono Mixer

NETWORKING RECEPTION AND PRO BONO MIXER (5:55 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

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

Friday Morning, Oct. 26, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Vanna Slaughter, Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs - Dallas, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:00 am

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation

Examine the fundamentals of “smart lawyering” using the right questions, searches, and documentation in filing for benefits in light of the changing immigration landscape. Discuss the memos released by USCIS within the past year and their impact on filing for immigration benefits.

 

Mona Gupta, Gupta & Wiora, P.C. - Dallas, TX
George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Asylum Update

The Trump administration is working to redefine “refugee” so that very few will qualify. Analyze the administration's policies and what it could mean for the future of asylum cases. 

Paul Steven Zoltan, Law Office Of Paul S. Zoltan - Dallas, TX

9:45 am

0.75 hr

VAWA and SIJ Updates

Hear an overview of VAWA including adjustment, with a focus on hypothetical cases. Then get an overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, an update on recent trends and issues, and tips for a positive adjudication from USCIS. 
 

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Children's Immigration Law Academy - Houston, TX
Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.25 hrs

Minesweeping: Issues in Adjustment of Status

Brush up on how to identify and defuse current dangerous issues related to applications for adjustment of status for employment-based beneficiaries, Special Immigrant Juveniles, asylees and refugees, VAWA grantees, U-Visa holders, and others.

Lori Torgerson Chesser, Davis Brown Law Firm - Des Moines, IA
Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX

12:00 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 26, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

0.75 hr

Hot Topics in Removal

Hear an overview of the top 2018 asylum cases in light of Matter of A-C-M and Matter of Neguise.

Hon. David Ayala, Law Office of Ayala & Acosta, PLLC - McAllen, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:15 pm

1.00 hr

Case Law Update

Review important cases and hot topics from the Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
Imran B. Mirza, Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC - Bellaire, TX

2:15 pm

1.25 hrs
0.75 hr ethics

Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in ICE Audits and USCIS/FDNS Investigations

Worksite enforcement—encompassing ICE audits and USCIS/FDNS investigations—is on the rise. Discuss the continually changing policies and practices that are resulting in enhanced penalties, removal of employees, criminal and civil fraud cases, and Immigrant and Employee Rights division and debarment issues.

Lori Torgerson Chesser, Davis Brown Law Firm - Des Moines, IA
Richard A. Gump Jr., The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C. - Dallas, TX

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

Motions to Reopen

Breathing new life into an old case is sometimes the only way to move forward. Explore the various types of motions to reopen and their requirements.
 

Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX

4:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Hon. David Ayala
Law Office of Ayala & Acosta, PLLC
McAllen, TX
Laura F. Bachman
ASISTA
Phoenix, AZ
Susan Bond
The Law Office of Susan Bond P.C.
Dallas, TX
Dalia Castillo-Granados
Children's Immigration Law Academy
Houston, TX
Nicolas Chavez
Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Lori Torgerson Chesser
Davis Brown Law Firm
Des Moines, IA
James Devlin Cypert
Gee & Zhang, LLP
Houston, 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
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
Charles Herring Jr.
Herring & Panzer, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Faye M. Kolly
De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendáriz LLP
Austin, 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
Ann K. Miller
Chavez & Valko, LLP
Dallas, TX
Imran B. Mirza
Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC
Bellaire, TX
Irene G. Mugambi
Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C.
Dallas, TX
Maggie Murphy
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Austin, TX
Patrick K. O'Rourke
Gee & Zhang, LLP
Houston, TX
Pia M. Orrenius
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Dallas, TX
Marisol L. Pérez
De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz
San Antonio, TX
George Rodriguez
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Rosemary Vega
University of Houston Law Center, Immigration Clinic
Houston, TX
Kathleen C. Walker
Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX
Jennifer Walker Gates
Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX
Amanda L. Waterhouse
Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC
Houston, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson
Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX
Edna Yang
American Gateways
Austin, TX
Paul Steven Zoltan
Law Office Of Paul S. Zoltan
Dallas, 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
Joanna Jefferson—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Laura F. Bachman
ASISTA
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 Affairs
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

UT Law CLE

2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 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
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 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.  
Florida
18.50 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. 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.  
Louisiana
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 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.
New Mexico
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Oklahoma
18.50 hrs  |  4.00 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
18.50 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.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Immigration and Nationality Law
Additional Information
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.
California
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Florida
18.50 hrs  |  3.50 hrs Ethics
Louisiana
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
New Mexico
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Oklahoma
18.50 hrs  |  4.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Other States
15.50 hrs  |  3.25 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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. 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

TX Accounting CPE
18.50 hrs
Additional Information
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.

UT Law CLE

2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual 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

UT Law CLE

2018 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

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.