University of Texas School of Law
43rd Annual
Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law
Austin Oct 24-25, 2019 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
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Live Webcast Oct 24-25, 2019
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UT Law CLE

2019 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 43rd 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.
  • Hear the latest federal court and BIA updates.
  • Gain practical insight on When Worksite Enforcement Turns Criminal, including identifying your client, collecting evidence, negotiation with the U.S Attorney, and more.
  • What Can You Do on a B-Visa?, and The World’s Got Talent!  The U.S Might Have a Golden Buzzer for You provide valuable information on multiple visa types and their practical uses.
  • The Basics of Asylum and Beyond: What You Need to Know When Preparing Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Cases
  • Learn how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of NTAs, and get tips on challenging removability in the current legal climate.
  • Insight on how to develop an efficient, ethically compliant, and profitable law practice, especially during a time of fluctuating policies and increasing processing times.
  • 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

2019 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

11/21/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Oct. 24, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Federal Court and BIA Update

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

9:30 am

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

When Worksite Enforcement Turns Criminal

With ICE initiated raids and criminal investigations on the rise, examine key issues including identifying your client, damage control, staffing company issues, gathering the evidence, negotiating with the U.S. Attorney, and potential outcomes.

Moderator:
Richard A. Gump Jr., The Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C. - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Paul E. Coggins, Locke Lord LLP - Dallas, TX
Richard B. Roper III, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Challenging the NTA/Removal Proceeding

Learn how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of NTAs, and get tips on challenging removability in the current legal climate. 

Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX

11:00 am

0.50 hr

Detention

Discuss the circumstances of detention by ICE and CBP as well as the practical and logistical methods of obtaining release. Also explore requesting release via ICE, the Immigration Courts, and Federal Courts.

Jodi M. Goodwin, Law Office of Jodi Goodwin - Harlingen, TX
Priscilla Olivarez, American Gateways - San Antonio, TX

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Denials Based on Public Charge

Discussion of the new public charge grounds of inadmissibility and strategies for overcoming them.

Jennifer Walker Gates, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

12:00 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Golden Nuggets

There are plenty of nuggets out there but they may not be all that "golden"...uncover some of the current initiatives being used to curb and in some cases eliminate the flow of immigrants into the US. Hear how to spot them, avoid them and best be able to navigate today's crazy chaotic immigration policy.  

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

12:30 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 24, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Nancy Taylor Shivers, Shivers & Shivers - San Antonio, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:50 pm

0.75 hr

What’s Going on at the Southern Border: Immigrants’ Rights Issues in Texas

Explore immigration-related issues throughout Texas, including family separation, immigrant detention and state legislation affecting immigrants. 
 

Fatima Menendez, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund - San Antonio, TX

 
1:35 pm
Break

1:50 pm

0.50 hr

What Can You Do on a B-Visa?

The B-1 Visitor visa can provide a variety of options for foreign nationals. Address the advantages and difficulties of this visa classification.

Dorothee B. Mitchell, Foster LLP - Austin, TX

2:20 pm

1.00 hr

Federal Court Litigation: Mandamus, Declaratory Judgement, and Habeas Corpus. What to Bring, How to Bring it, and How to Win

Hear a primer on the federal court options for your clients, what to consider before bringing a challenge, how to get it done, and how to win the case.

Charles H. Kuck, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC - Atlanta, GA

3:20 pm
Break

3:30 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Avoiding Malpractice

To reduce your sleepless nights and help you keep your law license, this session will discuss case scenarios illustrating key strategies for dealing with ethical challenges in the ever-changing landscape of immigration practice.
 

Charles Herring Jr., Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Erica B. Schommer, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX

4:30 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:
Harry J. Joe, JMA Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
Charles H. Kuck, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC - Atlanta, GA
George Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson, Walker Gates Vela, PLLC - Austin, TX

5:30 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. 

5:40 pm

Austin Only

Adjourn to Pro Bono Reception

Austin Only

NETWORKING RECEPTION AND PRO BONO MIXER (5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.)

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

Friday Morning, Oct. 25, 2019

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

8:00 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

1.25 hrs

Recent Developments, Legislative and Policy Changes

Discuss a wide range of policy changes and recent developments affecting the practice of immigration law. Also hear updates on potential legislative changes on the horizon.
 

Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC
Faye M. Kolly, De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendáriz LLP - Austin, TX

9:45 am
Break

10:00 am

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

The Basics of Asylum and Beyond: What You Need to Know When Preparing Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Cases

Hear an overview of the elements of and bars to asylum and related relief, changes in procedure and practice for affirmative and defensive cases including credible/reasonable fear interviews, and related case law updates.

Benicio Diaz, American Gateways - San Antonio, TX
Cori A. Hash, Lincoln Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX

11:00 am

0.75 hr

Naturalization

Fighting for naturalization in the culture of no.

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

11:45 am

0.75 hr

Rescission and Denaturalization: Taking the Precious Away

Examine procedures to bring rescission proceedings against lawful permanent residents, or to strip immigrants of their citizenship status, including the conditions for and defenses against rescission and denaturalization.

Simon M. Azar-Farr, Simon Azar-Farr & Associates - San Antonio, TX
Peter D. Williamson, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - Houston, TX

12:30 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Friday Afternoon, Oct. 25, 2019

Presiding Officer:
Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:50 pm

0.50 hr

Practicing Immigration Law in an Era of Delay and Shifting Policies

The Buy American Hire American Executive (BAHA) has resulted in numerous shifts in long standing immigration policies.  In addition, backlogs, denial rates, and delays in adjudications are at all-time highs, while the U.S. is losing revenues from foreign students and investors fed up with the arduous path they face concerning U.S. changing  immigration policies.  Litigation is now a common recourse in most areas of immigration law. Hear an overview of the current landscape post BAHA.

Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Washington, DC
Kathleen C. Walker, Dickinson Wright PLLC - El Paso, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

1.00 hr

Minding Your Hs and Ls

How to achieve success for H and L cases in an adjudications climate featuring increased RFEs, denials, stonewalling and other adverse trends.

Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
Harry Gee Jr., Gee & Zhang, LLP - Houston, TX

2:35 pm

0.75 hr

The World’s Got Talent!  The U.S Might Have a Golden Buzzer for You

Explore visa options that require showcasing everything and anything concerning extra special achievements and recognitions, and how to impress the judges.

Rebecca R. Massiatte, JMA Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
Candida Olga Paris, Fong & Associates LLP - Houston, TX

3:20 pm

1.50 hrs
0.75 hr ethics

Practice Management for Immigration Attorneys

Learn how to develop an efficient, ethically compliant, and profitable law practice, especially during a time of fluctuating policies and increasing processing times. Hear useful tips and experiences on a variety of pertinent topics, including how to manage client expectations, set legal fees, and utilize technology to both your and your client’s benefit.
 

Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
Charles H. Kuck, Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC - Atlanta, GA

4:50 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2019 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Simon M. Azar-Farr
Simon Azar-Farr & Associates
San Antonio, TX
Nicolas Chavez
Chavez & Valko, LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Paul E. Coggins
Locke Lord LLP
Dallas, TX
Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington, DC
Benicio Diaz
American Gateways
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
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
Cori A. Hash
Lincoln Goldfinch Law
Austin, TX
Charles Herring Jr.
Herring & Panzer, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Harry J. Joe
JMA Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX
Faye M. Kolly
De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendáriz LLP
Austin, TX
Charles H. Kuck
Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC
Atlanta, GA
Rebecca R. Massiatte
JMA Firm, PLLC
Dallas, TX
Fatima Menendez
Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund
San Antonio, TX
Imran B. Mirza
Law Office of Imran Mirza, PC
Bellaire, TX
Dorothee B. Mitchell
Foster LLP
Austin, TX
Priscilla Olivarez
American Gateways
San Antonio, TX
Candida Olga Paris
Fong & Associates LLP
Houston, TX
George Rodriguez
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Richard B. Roper III
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Erica B. Schommer
St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Kathleen C. Walker
Dickinson Wright PLLC
El Paso, TX
Jennifer Walker Gates
Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson
Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX
Peter D. Williamson
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Jacqueline L. Watson—Co-Chair
Walker Gates Vela, PLLC
Austin, TX
Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez—Co-Chair
Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Joanna Jefferson—Director
The University of Texas School of Law
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.
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
Judy J. Lee
Foster LLP
Houston, TX
Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch
Lincoln-Goldfinch Law
Austin, 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
Vanna Slaughter
Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs
Dallas, 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

2019 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, Labor and Employment 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  |  3.00 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
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 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
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. 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  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, Labor and Employment 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  |  3.00 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.
Louisiana
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 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.
Oklahoma
18.50 hrs  |  3.50 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  |  3.00 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

2019 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 23, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Oct 23, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Oct 23, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 18, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 21, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 16, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 18, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2019 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Hotel / Venue

Austin

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin

6505 N. Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752-4346
512-454-3737
800-866-3126 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$159 room rate good through October 2, 2019 (subject to availability). 

Book your room online here or call the reservations department at 1-800-866-3126 and reference the group code "ILC". The online link and group code will be active until the room block is full or the cutoff date of 10/2/2019, whichever comes first. 

Parking Information

Daily or Overnight Self-parking: $8 
Valet Parking: $20