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In a changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law is 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 hear the latest developments, and to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts. Interact with your fellow practitioners to hear how they are dealing with the tough issues of the day.
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Total Credit Hours:
15.25 | 3.25 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Immigration and Nationality Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 10/31/2019

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$475  

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1. What a Difference A Year Makes: Top Ten Changes to the Practice of Immigration Law and What Attorneys Can Do To Protect Clients' Interests. (Nov 2018)

Laura F. Bachman, Kathleen C. Walker, Amanda L. Waterhouse

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Paper (pdf) 6 pgs
Paper (pdf) 26 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 1 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 1:

What a Difference A Year Makes: Top Ten Changes to the Practice of Immigration Law and What Attorneys Can Do To Protect Clients' Interests. (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

2. Everywhere is a "Border:" The Legal Framework at Checkpoints and Ports-of-Entry (Nov 2018)

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Jacqueline L. Watson

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 51 mins
Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 2 — 51 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 2:

Everywhere is a "Border:" The Legal Framework at Checkpoints and Ports-of-Entry (Nov 2018)

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. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 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. I-130 Visa Petitions: From the Basics to the Battles (Nov 2018)

Ann K. Miller, Marisol L. Pérez

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 3 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 3:

I-130 Visa Petitions: From the Basics to the Battles (Nov 2018)

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.  

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

4. PERM and I-140 (Nov 2018)

Faye M. Kolly, Judy J. Lee, Maggie Murphy

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
Paper (pdf) 36 pgs
Paper (pdf) 124 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 4 — 58 mins, credit 1.00

Session 4:

PERM and I-140 (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

5. Gone to Texas: Migration Vital to Growth in the Lone Star State (Nov 2018)

Pia M. Orrenius

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 28 pgs

SESSION 5 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Gone to Texas: Migration Vital to Growth in the Lone Star State (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

6. Consular Processing: Hidden Grounds for Visa Denial (Nov 2018)

Nicolas Chavez, Rosemary Vega

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 13 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 6 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Consular Processing: Hidden Grounds for Visa Denial (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

7. Change of Status/NIVs (Nov 2018)

Susan Bond, James Devlin Cypert

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Video (mp4) 37 mins
Audio (mp3) 37 mins
Paper (pdf) 79 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 7 — 37 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Change of Status/NIVs (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

8. Anatomy of Immigration Fraud + Waivers and Other Remedies (Nov 2018)

Patrick K. O'Rourke, Jennifer Walker Gates

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 58 mins
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
Paper (pdf) 2 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 8 — 59 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 8:

Anatomy of Immigration Fraud + Waivers and Other Remedies (Nov 2018)

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. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

9. Pitfalls for Zealous Attorneys: Fraud and Misrepresentation (Nov 2018)

Charles Herring Jr., Edna Yang

0.75 0.75 0.00 0.75 | 0.75 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 9 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 9:

Pitfalls for Zealous Attorneys: Fraud and Misrepresentation (Nov 2018)

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!

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

10. Ask the Experts (Nov 2018)

Eugene J. Flynn, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Jodi M. Goodwin, Irene G. Mugambi, Maggie Murphy

0.75 0.50 0.00 0.75 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 41 mins
Audio
Part 1 – 41 mins
Part 2 – 6 mins
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SESSION 10 — 41 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 10:

Ask the Experts (Nov 2018)

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 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

Eugene J. Flynn, Eugene J. Flynn, P.C. - Dallas, TX
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

11. Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation (Nov 2018)

Mona Gupta, George Rodriguez

1.00 0.50 0.00 1.00 | 0.50 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 11 — 59 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 11:

Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation (Nov 2018)

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.

 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

12. Asylum Update (Nov 2018)

Paul Steven Zoltan

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Video (mp4) 40 mins
Audio (mp3) 40 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 12 — 40 mins, credit 0.75

Session 12:

Asylum Update (Nov 2018)

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. 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

13. VAWA and SIJ Updates (Nov 2018)

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Paper (pdf) 7 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 26 pgs

SESSION 13 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

VAWA and SIJ Updates (Nov 2018)

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. 
 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

14. Minesweeping: Issues in Adjustment of Status (Nov 2018)

Lori Torgerson Chesser, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Richard S. Fischer

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Video (mp4) 79 mins
Audio (mp3) 79 mins
Paper (pdf) 6 pgs
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Paper (pdf) 4 pgs
Paper (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 14 — 79 mins, credit 1.25

Session 14:

Minesweeping: Issues in Adjustment of Status (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

15. Hot Topics in Removal (Nov 2018)

Hon. David Ayala

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 15 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 15:

Hot Topics in Removal (Nov 2018)

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

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

16. Case Law Update (Nov 2018)

Javier N. Maldonado, Imran B. Mirza

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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Video (mp4) 62 mins
Audio (mp3) 61 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 16 — 62 mins, credit 1.00

Session 16:

Case Law Update (Nov 2018)

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

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

17. Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in ICE Audits and USCIS/FDNS Investigations (Nov 2018)

Lori Torgerson Chesser, Richard A. Gump Jr.

1.25 0.75 0.00 1.25 | 0.75 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 78 mins
Audio (mp3) 77 mins
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 17 — 78 mins, credit 1.25 | 0.75 ethics

Session 17:

Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in ICE Audits and USCIS/FDNS Investigations (Nov 2018)

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.

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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

18. Motions to Reopen (Nov 2018)

Jodi M. Goodwin

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Video (mp4) 25 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 18 — 25 mins, credit 0.50

Session 18:

Motions to Reopen (Nov 2018)

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.
 

Originally presented at: Oct 2018 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law

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