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2017 eConference on Immigration and Nationality Law (Nov 2017)

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UT Law’s 41st Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law program offers in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice, and provides tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based and employment-based immigration, 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. 
  • Gain practical insight into new immigration policies and the current political landscape.
  • Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions.
  • Know your rights at the border, and hear practical advice on how to protect you and your clients.
  • Examine business-based immigration topics including an overview of work visas, a deeper dive into H1-B visas and common problems for employers, PERM processing, and worksite enforcement.
  • Learn how to prepare for audits and raids and what to do once they occur.
  • Review procedures, options, and defenses for removal.
  • Listen to a discussion on how to avoid and address your client’s fraud or misrepresentation findings when dealing with the USCIS, DOS, and Immigration court.
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Total Credit Hours:
14.50 | 6.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Immigration and Nationality Law | Immigration and Nationality Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 12/31/2019

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$445  

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1. The Realization of "America First" and What it Means for Immigration Law (Nov 2017)

Kathleen C. Walker

0.50 0.25 0.00 0.50 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 23 pgs

SESSION 1 — 32 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.25 ethics

Session 1:

The Realization of "America First" and What it Means for Immigration Law (Nov 2017)

The Trump Administration has ushered in an era of optical security measures and further disruption of the current dysfunctional immigration process. DACA survival still is uncertain, while the extent of presidential power over immigration policy continues to be stretched to its uncertain limits. The America First mantra is impacting the position of the U.S. in competition for global talent and investment. On the home front, the federal courts are more critical than ever. Time for a crystal ball report.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Kathleen C. Walker, Dickinson Wright - El Paso, TX

2. Knowing Your Rights at the Border (Nov 2017)

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Jacqueline L. Watson

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 64 mins
Audio (mp3) 63 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 2 — 64 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 2:

Knowing Your Rights at the Border (Nov 2017)

Understand what is actually happening at points of entry, including airports and other "non-border" points of entry. Discuss the limitations on Customs and Border Protection searches and interrogations of both citizens and non-citizens alike, the extent of the right to representation at the ports-of-entry, and how certain non-citizens may be processed if denied admission. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

3. Audits and Raids, Part I: What Happens and How to Prepare (Nov 2017)

Kevin Robert Lashus, Patrick K. O'Rourke

1.00 0.75 0.00 1.00 | 0.75 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 61 mins
Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 3 — 61 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.75 ethics

Session 3:

Audits and Raids, Part I: What Happens and How to Prepare (Nov 2017)

The current “Trump facts” are that raids to detain criminal foreign nationals have increased, and with a plan to hire 10,000 more officers, employer raids may see an increase too. Learn about the reality of ICE’s current worksite process, best practices to prepare employers for an I-9 audit or raid, how to protect the worker, and the always reoccurring ethical issue: who do I represent, how can I represent them, who can I NOT represent, and how do I tell them?

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Kevin Robert Lashus, FisherBroyles LLP - Austin, TX
Patrick K. O'Rourke, Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC - Houston, TX

4. Audits and Raids, Part II: Aftermath of the Notice of Inspection, Subpoena, and/or Warrants Presented (Nov 2017)

Richard A. Gump Jr., Susan Bond

0.75 0.75 0.00 0.75 | 0.75 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Slides (pdf) 29 pgs

SESSION 4 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 4:

Audits and Raids, Part II: Aftermath of the Notice of Inspection, Subpoena, and/or Warrants Presented (Nov 2017)

When an attorney receives the call that an audit or raid has occurred, questions must be answered: Who do you represent and is there a conflict of interest? What are the facts and do we know more than the government? Is it civil or criminal or both? 

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

5. Operation Lawyer Up: Strategies to Protect Your Client and Your License (Nov 2017)

Feroz Farook Merchant, F. Andino Reynal

0.75 0.75 0.00 0.75 | 0.75 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 39 pgs
Paper (pdf) 116 pgs

SESSION 5 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 5:

Operation Lawyer Up: Strategies to Protect Your Client and Your License (Nov 2017)

Hear realistic litigation advice in a new area of immigration enforcement.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Feroz Farook Merchant, The Merchant Law Firm - Houston, TX
F. Andino Reynal, Fertitta Reynal LLP - Houston, TX

6. Case Law Update (Nov 2017)

Imran B. Mirza

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 6 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Case Law Update (Nov 2017)

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

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

7. Advanced Perspectives on Boogeyman and Sack Man: Fraud and Misrepresentation (Nov 2017)

Simon M. Azar-Farr

0.75 0.50 0.00 0.75 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Paper (pdf) 46 pgs
Slides (pdf) 34 pgs

SESSION 7 — 48 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 7:

Advanced Perspectives on Boogeyman and Sack Man: Fraud and Misrepresentation (Nov 2017)

Hear an overview of the various federal fraud and misrepresentation statutes, the precise elements of fraud and misrepresentation in the INA, the current state of the case law, and available defenses. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

8. Immigration Fraud and Remedies (Nov 2017)

Nicolas Chavez, Ruby L. Powers

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 13 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 8 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 8:

Immigration Fraud and Remedies (Nov 2017)

Learn how to address your client’s fraud or misrepresentation findings when dealing with USCIS, DOS, and immigration court. Identify available remedies including waivers and strategies of challenging unwarranted fraud findings. Understand your ethical obligations in handling a client who might be lying to you or to the immigration agency or court.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
Ruby L. Powers, Powers Law Group, P.C. - Houston, TX

9. Ask the Experts (Nov 2017)

Eugene J. Flynn, Nicolas Chavez, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Francisco J. García, Patrick K. O'Rourke

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 56 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins

SESSION 9 — 56 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 9:

Ask the Experts (Nov 2017)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Nicolas Chavez, Chavez & Valko, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
Francisco J. García, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Galveston, TX
Patrick K. O'Rourke, Harry Gee & Associates, PLLC - Houston, TX

10. Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation: Asking the Right Questions (Nov 2017)

Mona Gupta, George Rodriguez

0.75 0.50 0.00 0.75 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 10 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 10:

Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation: Asking the Right Questions (Nov 2017)

Examine the fundamentals of “smart lawyering” using the right questions, searches, and documentation in filing for benefits with USCIS or the Immigration Court. Discuss how the lawyer can protect herself and her client from findings of fraud, unnecessary RFEs, NOIDs, denials, proceedings, and orders of removal.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

11. Use of T‑Visas, U‑Visas, and Issue Spotting (Nov 2017)

Natalia Drelichman, Stacie Leigh Jonas

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 27 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 11 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 11:

Use of T‑Visas, U‑Visas, and Issue Spotting (Nov 2017)

Using hypothetical case examples, explore the pros and cons of filing a U-visa, T-visa, or both, in a variety of circumstances.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Natalia Drelichman, American Gateways - Austin, TX
Stacie Leigh Jonas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin, TX

12. Expedited Removal, Asylum, and Credible Fear Interviews (Nov 2017)

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 12 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

Expedited Removal, Asylum, and Credible Fear Interviews (Nov 2017)

Address expedited removal and its proposed expansion, as well as defenses to expedited removal including asylum and the credible fear interview process. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law - Austin, TX

13. Removal Defenses: A View from the Trenches (Nov 2017)

Lance Edward Curtright, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Richard S. Fischer

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 61 mins
Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Paper (pdf) 14 pgs
Paper (pdf) 22 pgs
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 13 — 61 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 13:

Removal Defenses: A View from the Trenches (Nov 2017)

Review the procedures for fighting removal in immigration court, and explore defenses to removal, including an overview of the most common ones and how to present them.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Lance Edward Curtright, De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX
Richard S. Fischer, Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law - Nacogdoches, TX

14. Can I Stay or Must I Go? Adjustment versus Consular Processing (Nov 2017)

Nancy Taylor Shivers, Eugene J. Flynn

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 37 pgs
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 14 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 14:

Can I Stay or Must I Go? Adjustment versus Consular Processing (Nov 2017)

Distinguish strategies surrounding adjustment of status versus consular processing. Explore the advantages of adjustment and requirements for eligibility (inspected and admitted or paroled), filing Section 245i petitions, parole, NACARA, maintenance of status while determinations are pending, National Visa Center/Direct Consular applications, and immigrant visa interviews when waivers are required.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Nancy Taylor Shivers, Shivers & Shivers - San Antonio, TX
Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX

15. Current Immigration Policies and the Political Landscape (Nov 2017)

Benjamin E. Johnson

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 15 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 15:

Current Immigration Policies and the Political Landscape (Nov 2017)

Discuss the changing dynamics of immigration politics and what’s on the horizon for immigration law and policy. Are uncertainty, unpredictability, and dysfunction the new normal on immigration?

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

16. Employment Hot Topics (Nov 2017)

Ester Greenfield, Maggie Murphy

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 16 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 16:

Employment Hot Topics (Nov 2017)

Review the latest updates in employment-based immigration, including the High-Skilled Worker Regulations, I-9 and E-Verify developments, H-1B trends and issues, and the new standard for National Interest Waiver processing. Gather the latest regulatory and policy updates, discuss legislative proposals to follow in employment-based immigration, and hear “tips from the trenches” for navigating these cases.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Ester Greenfield, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless - Seattle, WA
Maggie Murphy, Jackson Lewis P.C. - Austin, TX

17. Business Immigration Math 101 (Nov 2017)

James Devlin Cypert, Francisco J. García

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 17 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 17:

Business Immigration Math 101 (Nov 2017)

Business immigration math is both art and science. Learn to navigate the Department of Labor’s framework of SVP and ONET Job Zones, using real-world examples to correctly calculate wage levels for H-1B and PERM positions. Also, hear strategies for overcoming prevailing wage issues while avoiding common ethical pitfalls.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

18. How to Win a PERM (Nov 2017)

Ester Greenfield, Rebecca R. Massiatte

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 20 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 18 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 18:

How to Win a PERM (Nov 2017)

Brush up on the basic PERM framework, the notion of "good faith" in recruitment methods and consideration of applicants, and hot PERM topics including quantification of requirements. Glean practice tips on distinguishing fatal and nonfatal errors and the value of using checklists to minimize future errors. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Ester Greenfield, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless - Seattle, WA
Rebecca R. Massiatte, JMO Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX

19. The Welcoming America Movement (Nov 2017)

Felicia Escobar Carrillo, Liz Cedillo-Pereira

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Video (mp4) 34 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 19 — 34 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

The Welcoming America Movement (Nov 2017)

Recognizing the assets immigrants bring to cities, a growing number of municipalities have implemented innovative programs and policies to ensure their communities are inclusive and welcoming. Hear how welcoming cities are prospering by making all residents, including immigrants, feel like they belong.

Originally presented at: Oct 2017 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Felicia Escobar Carrillo, Welcome America - Los Angeles, CA
Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs - Dallas, TX