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

Overview

In a constantly changing political climate, navigating the law is more important than ever. UT Law CLE's 45th 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.

2021 highlights include:

  • Understanding United States Immigration & Nationality Laws and A Beginner's Guide to Litigating Claims for Immigration Benefits, two unique session that are beneficial to beginners and veterans alike.
  • Timely discussion on Post-Apocalyptic Business and Worksite Hot Topics and Post-Apocalyptic Hot Topics in Family.
  • Anatomy of a Niz-Chavezturning square corners and the evolving riddle of proper immigration notice.
  • Address strategies and assessments of the current state of consular affairs and visa processing during Consular Processing Post Pandemic.
  • Recent Developments in Representing Vulnerable Populations
New this Year Only: Join us a day early for the A Practical Guide to Immigration Removal Proceedings - designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, criminal lawyers, family lawyers, and employment lawyers involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings.

Event Schedule

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

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    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
    1.00 hr
    Understanding United States Immigration & Nationality Laws
    Explanations of concepts including unlawful presence, out of status, and nonimmigrant intent as well as the categories for immigrants, nonimmigrants, and citizens.

    Paul Parsons, Paul Parsons, PC - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    A Beginner's Guide to Litigating Claims for Immigration Benefits
    When to sue, how to sue, who to sue, and some tricks of the trade.

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

  • 10:15 am
    15-Minute Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    It’s About Ethics
    Dual representation of employer/employee, and citizen petitioner/alien spouse are common in immigration. When is it impermissible and what steps does the immigration lawyer take to end it and avoid conflicts? Suborning Perjury: When does the immigration lawyer step across the line and how to avoid it. 

    Feroz Farook Merchant, The Merchant Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Peter D. Williamson, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Post-Apocalyptic Business and Worksite Hot Topics
    Highlights of the most recent updates on such hot button topics as never ending government backlogs (EAD’s, EB AOS’s, consular NIV/IV interviews), worksite conundrum: in person versus remote verification issues and resurgence of I-9 audits, impact of H-2b and J-1 shortages on universities and industries, PERM based I-140 ability to pay due to COVID economics, and investor issues: (reinstated entrepreneur parole rule, E-2 and EB-5 heartaches).

    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
    Richard A. Gump Jr., The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Maggie Murphy, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP - Austin, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick up Lunch (Austin)
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Sarah E. Woelk, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Politics & Partisanship: The Struggle for Immigration Reform
    With the mid-term elections approaching, can Congress agree on any immigration reforms and what more can the administration do on its own?

    Benjamin Johnson, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC

  • 1:30 pm
    15-Minute Break

  • 1:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Post-Apocalyptic Hot Topics in Family
    What does family unification as a national policy under the new administration mean for practitioners? Where are we now with family based immigration: changes in policies, impact on risk of filing complicated cases, and the latest updates.

    Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
    Cori A. Hash, Lincoln Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX
    George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 2:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Asylum, MPP and Other Border Issues
    Dive into updates on what is happening in asylum. Focus on the aftermath of MPP, discuss what is happening on the border, and give updates about processing of cases at the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court.

    Brian Manning, Manning Asylum Law - Houston, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • 3:45 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 3:55 pm
    1.00 hr
    Recent Developments/Updates on Representing Youth
    With a dizzying amount of changes and updates to immigration law over the last couple of years, it can be difficult to keep track. Explore hot topics in representing children and youth, including the impact of Title 42, numbers of youth entering at the border, the ORR reunification process, impacts of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, as well as updates to representing youth in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.

    Yvette Changuin, RAICES - San Antonio, TX
    Laura Egan, American Bar Association (ABA), Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) - Houston, TX
    Lindsay Gray, VECINA - Austin, TX

  • 4:55 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.

    Sarah E. Woelk, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • 5:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Adjourn to Pro Bono Reception


  • Austin Only
    NETWORKING RECEPTION AND PRO BONO MIXER (5:00 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.)
    Enjoy refreshments and a networking opportunity with colleagues, conference faculty, and pro bono organization representatives.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Anatomy of a Niz-Chavez
    Niz-Chavez v. Garland, turning square corners and the evolving riddle of proper immigration notice.

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

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    BIA and Federal Court Update
    Learn about the latest case decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts.

    Imran B. Mirza, Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC - Bellaire, TX

  • 10:15 am
    15-Minute Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Business NIV Solutions – Practical Timing Considerations to Maintain/Extend Status and Consular Processing
    Discuss strategic timing of processing issues related to premium processing; dependent EAD extensions; NIEs/ travel restrictions; the process to develop strategies for successful consular outcomes; and how to manage client expectations.

    James D. Prappas, Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC - Houston, TX
    Philip Eichorn, Foster LLP - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    When All Else Fails . . . Business IV Solutions
    Dive into creative solutions to some of the nagging issues practitioners face when processing an employment-based immigrant visa case. Whether it’s with the PERM labor certification application, the I-140 petition, adjustment of status, or consular processing, some problems just don’t seem to go away. Hear from three highly experienced business immigration attorneys who will share their insights and experiences that lead to case approvals (often without audit!).

    Neena Renu Wiora, Gupta and Wiora, P.C. - Addison, TX
    Linda Rose, Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC - Nashville, TN
    Maggie Murphy, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP - Austin, TX
    Materials By:
    Lucy Cheung, Goldstein and Cheung LLP - New York, NY
    Ellen Krengel, Law Office of Ellen D. Krengel, LTD - Menlo Park, CA
    Becki Young, Grossman Young - Silver Spring, MD

  • 12:15 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick up Lunch (Austin)
    Included in registration.

  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • 12:45 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    TLAP/Lawyer Wellness
    An overview of obstacles to lawyer wellness and examines evidence-based strategies for building or maintaining mental health while engaging in the very demanding practice of law.

    Erica Grigg, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program - Austin, TX

  • 1:30 pm
    15-Minute Break

  • 1:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Family Based Solutions in the midst of COVID-19
    Navigating creative solutions to get USCIS to adjudicate and responding to RFEs in Family based petitions.  

    Maria E. McIntyre, Nayar & McIntyre, LLP - Irving, TX
    Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Lakshmi Nayar, Nayar & McIntyre, LLP - Irving, TX

  • 2:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Recent Developments in Representing Vulnerable Populations
    Dive into recent developments in U and T visa petitions affecting immigrant survivors, including USCIS's bona fide determination policy for U visas, representing U and T visa petitioners in removal proceedings, and updates regarding the inclusion of after-acquired family members as derivatives in U and T visa petitions.

    Amy Cheung, ASISTA Immigration Assistance - Suffield, CT
    Elise Thompson Harriger, Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services - Austin, TX

  • 3:30 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 3:40 pm
    0.75 hr
    Consular Processing Post Pandemic 
    The pandemic left the consular corps and visa processing with major backlogs and staffing dilemmas. Finding a consular post to schedule appointments and process National Interest Exceptions is akin to locating the holy grail. Epic delays in appointment availability may endure well beyond the global health crisis. Address strategies and assessments of the current state of consular affairs and visa processing.

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

  • 4:25 pm
    1.00 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:
    Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
    Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
    Kathleen Campbell Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX
    Edna Yang, American Gateways - Austin, TX

  • 5:25 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Simon M. Azar-Farr

Simon Azar-Farr & Associates
San Antonio, TX

Kathleen Campbell Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

Yvette Changuin

RAICES
San Antonio, TX

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Amy Cheung

ASISTA Immigration Assistance
Suffield, CT

Lucy Cheung

Goldstein and Cheung LLP
New York, NY

Laura Egan

American Bar Association (ABA), Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA)
Houston, TX

Philip Eichorn

Foster LLP
Houston, 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

Lindsay Gray

VECINA
Austin, TX

Erica Grigg

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Austin, 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

Elise Thompson Harriger

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
Austin, TX

Cori A. Hash

Lincoln Goldfinch Law
Austin, TX

Benjamin Johnson

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington, DC

Ellen Krengel

Law Office of Ellen D. Krengel, LTD
Menlo Park, CA

Brian Manning

Manning Asylum Law
Houston, TX

Maria E. McIntyre

Nayar & McIntyre, LLP
Irving, 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

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Austin, TX

Lakshmi Nayar

Nayar & McIntyre, LLP
Irving, TX

Paul Parsons

Paul Parsons, PC
Austin, TX

James D. Prappas

Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC
Houston, TX

George Rodriguez

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

Linda Rose

Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC
Nashville, TN

Peter D. Williamson

Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX

Neena Renu Wiora

Gupta and Wiora, P.C.
Addison, TX

Sarah E. Woelk

Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
Austin, TX

Edna Yang

American Gateways
Austin, TX

Becki Young

Grossman Young
Silver Spring, MD

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

Kathleen Campbell Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX

Nicolas Chavez

Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Michael J. Churgin

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, 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

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

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
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 28-29, 2021 – AT&T Conference Center
Live Webcast – Oct 28-29, 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

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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 15, 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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