Overview

In a constantly changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law are more important than ever. UT Law’s 44th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and provides an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts.
 
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.
 
2020 highlights include:
  • The latest federal court and BIA updates.
  • Timely discussion on The Consequences of COVID on Response and Filing Deadlines with USCIS. 
  • Advanced Protecting Survivors of Crime from Removal, explores advanced strategies to protect survivors of crime from removal.
  • Learn how to navigate Virtual Deportation Hearings and get tips on protecting the due process rights of respondents.
  • Insight on how to develop an efficient, ethically compliant, and profitable law practice, especially during a time of fluctuating policies and COVID-19.
  • Following the event, live webcast customers will receive a free, on-demand eSupplement that will bring their total available hours to 15.00, including 3.00 hours of ethics.
Join us 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.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:10 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Federal Court and BIA Update
    Learn about the latest case decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts.

    Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
    Imran B. Mirza, Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC - Bellaire, TX

  • 9:10 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Maintenance of NIV Status for the Future IV/AOS
    Explore the importance of maintenance of nonimmigrant visa status during permanent residence processing, when possible, and various timing considerations and strategies to keep in mind. The presentation includes a review of, the “Nonimmigrant-intent only” status, and how to proceed with permanent residence from TN, F-1, E-3, etc.; maintaining work visa status during the various stages of permanent resident processing; and how to address the question "What do you mean I need to restrict my travel?". 

    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
    Maggie Murphy, Jackson Lewis P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 10:00 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Worksite Compliance in the Age of COVID-19 – Mighty Fine for a Faulty I-9!
    What are the updates and hot topics in civil and criminal violations you need to know? Hear updates concerning ICE HSI and DOJ IER being back to work in audits and investigations. Also explore the new challenges the I-9 completion with remote hiring and responding to a Notice of Inspection present.

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

  • 10:35 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:40 am
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Civil and Criminal Implications of Enforcement 
    Examine potential exposure to criminal offenses such as harboring, transporting, encouraging aliens, fraud and consequences when advising individual and corporate clients. Explore the challenges of defending immigrants during the horrific COVID-19 pandemic.
     

    Rebecca R. Massiatte, JMA Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Feroz Farook Merchant, The Merchant Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Miguel Nogueras, Federal Public Defenders Office - McAllen, TX

  • 11:40 am
    Live Webcast Only
    Break for Lunch - Presentations Resume at 12:05 p.m.

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Historic View of Immigration—The Paper Son and Jewish Immigration in the United States
    Delve into the unique immigration experience of the paper son and the early Chinese immigration and exclusion from the US and the story of Jewish immigration to Texas.

    Harry J. Joe, JMA Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Peter D. Williamson, Chamberlain Hrdlicka - Houston, TX

  • 12:50 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 12:55 pm
    0.50 hr
    Latent Consequences of Fraud and Mistakes
    Explore denaturalization, revocation of permanent residence, and other hidden landmines.

    Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX

  • 1:25 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:30 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Best Practices for Malpractice Avoidance
    The best way to avoid malpractice is to recognize the pitfalls that can lead to malpractice situations. Learn to spot these potential situations.

    Gene Tausk, The Tausk Law Firm - Houston, TX

  • 2:30 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:35 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Virtual Deportation Hearings
    Virtual hearings are the trend.  A discussion on the current state of EOIR usage of technology for removal proceedings with particular emphasis on protecting the due process rights of respondents during virtual proceedings.

    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:40 pm
    0.75 hr
    Consular Processing Disruption in 2020 - Overview and  Strategies
    The impact of COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn has turned the consular processing world upside down. Visa applicants face a suspension of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing and travel bans via proclamation in addition to ongoing procedural and adjudication hurdles. Explore these challenges and strategies to navigate the unprecedented changes in 2020 to consular processing as a tool to obtain, maintain, extend, and change status.

    Kathleen C. Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX
    Kenneth J. Harder, Dunbar Harder, PLLC - Houston, TX

  • 4:25 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Simon M. Azar-Farr, Simon Azar-Farr & Associates - San Antonio, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    The Consequences of COVID on Response and Filing Deadlines with USCIS 
    USCIS expanded the flexibility for responding to USCIS requests and notices that were issued on or after March 1st. While this increased flexibility was well-intentioned, it has not addressed many of the issues facing immigrants in obtaining or maintaining status during COVID. Explore the hurdles faced in responding to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Notices of Intent to Revoke, Notices of Intent to Terminate and in filing I-290B motions and appeals while panelists provide practical advice on overcoming these hurdles.

    Laura Flores Bachman, ASISTA - Phoenix, AZ
    Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 9:15 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:20 am
    1.00 hr
    Public Charge Issues
    A review of USCIS and Dept. of State implementation of the new public charge rules and practical advice on meeting the new standards.

    Terry Cody, Catholic Charities Archdiocese Galveston-Houston, Cabrini Center - Houston, TX
    Charles Wheeler, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Inc - Oakland, CA

  • 10:20 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:25 am
    0.75 hr
    Issues in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
    How to obtain the Green Card when the rules keep changing and dealing with COVID-19 delays.

    Nancy Taylor Shivers, Shivers & Shivers - San Antonio, TX
    Nicole Simon, Landau, Hess, Simon, Choi, & Doebley - Philadelphia, PA

  • 11:10 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Advanced Protecting Survivors of Crime from Removal
    Learn how to fight (or, at least, how to not go down without a fight) for your crime victim clients! Explore advanced strategies to protect survivors of crime from removal, including motions to continue and motions to reopen for U/T/VAWA applicants in removal proceedings; cancellation of removal under the special rule for battered spouses and children (“VAWA cancellation”); applications for stays of removal for U/T/VAWA applicants; and advocacy with law enforcement agencies for getting those U and T certifications from the law enforcement perspective.

    Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
    Elizabeth "Libby" Hasse, Tahirih Justice Center - Houston, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Live Webcast Only
    Break for Lunch - Presentations Resume at 12:40 p.m.

  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
  • 12:40 pm
    1.00 hr
    The Ever-Evolving World of U.S. Asylum Law: Updates and Practice Pointers on Presenting Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Claims
    Explore the most recent updates and practical pointers on changes to the ever-changing world of asylum.

    Cori A. Hash, Lincoln Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX
    Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • 1:40 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Crimmigration Update
    A discussion on the latest cases affecting immigrants with criminal convictions and strategies to defeat removability.

    Javier N. Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC - San Antonio, TX
    Carlos Moctezuma García, García & García, Attorneys at Law P.L.L.C. - McAllen, TX

  • 2:15 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:20 pm
    1.25 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Hot Topics ¿A Ver Que?
    Learn the latest about USCIS and DOS adjudication trends and processing times for family, humanitarian and employment based cases, including H-1B RFEs, public charge issues, and visa bulletin retrogressions. What is next for DACA, TPS, F-1 OPT and other vulnerable categories under attack by the Trump Administration?

    Marisol L. Pérez, De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz - San Antonio, TX
    Nicole Simon, Landau, Hess, Simon, Choi, & Doebley - Philadelphia, PA

  • 3:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:40 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.

    Moderator:
    Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
    Rebecca R. Massiatte, JMA Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Imran B. Mirza, Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC - Bellaire, TX
    Nicole Simon, Landau, Hess, Simon, Choi, & Doebley - Philadelphia, PA
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • 4:25 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Laura Flores Bachman

ASISTA
Phoenix, AZ

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Terry Cody

Catholic Charities Archdiocese Galveston-Houston, Cabrini Center
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

Carlos Moctezuma 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

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

Kenneth J. Harder

Dunbar Harder, PLLC
Houston, TX

Cori A. Hash

Lincoln Goldfinch Law
Austin, TX

Elizabeth "Libby" Hasse

Tahirih Justice Center
Houston, TX

Harry J. Joe

JMA Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Javier N. Maldonado

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

Rebecca R. Massiatte

JMA Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Feroz Farook Merchant

The Merchant Law Firm
Houston, 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

Miguel Nogueras

Federal Public Defenders Office
McAllen, TX

Marisol L. Pérez

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz
San Antonio, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Erica B. Schommer

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

Nancy Taylor Shivers

Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX

Nicole Simon

Landau, Hess, Simon, Choi, & Doebley
Philadelphia, PA

Gene Tausk

The Tausk Law Firm
Houston, TX

Kathleen C. Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

Charles Wheeler

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Inc
Oakland, CA

Peter D. Williamson

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Houston, TX

Edna Yang

American Gateways
Austin, 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

Laura Flores Bachman

ASISTA
Phoenix, AZ

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.

Gee & Zhang, LLP
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.
Addison, TX

Harry J. Joe

JMA Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law
Austin, TX

Javier N. Maldonado

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

Irene G. Mugambi

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

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Erica B. Schommer

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

Nancy Taylor Shivers

Shivers & Shivers
San Antonio, TX

Kathleen C. Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

Peter D. Williamson

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Houston, TX

Sarah E. Woelk

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
Austin, TX

Edna Yang

American Gateways
Austin, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
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Key Dates

Live Webcast – Oct 22-23, 2020
Austin - CANCELED – Oct 22-23, 2020 – AT&T Conference Center
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