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Examine reasons for denial relating to alien smuggling, drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership, and public charge grounds. Listen to a discussion about how to identify these grounds, as well as employ strategies, to avoid or overcome visa denial. more »
A unique jurisprudence has developed regarding our borders that is not limited by geography. Listen to a discussion about 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. more »
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. more »
Session 1: PERM and I-140 - 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.
Session 2: Change of Status/NIVs - 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). Listen to a discussion about how to advise your clients and guide them through lengthy adjudications, avoid overstays, and unlawful presence.
Session 3: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in ICE Audits and USCIS/FDNS Investigations - Worksite enforcement—encompassing ICE audits and USCIS/FDNS investigations—is on the rise. Listen to a discussion about 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. more »
Session 1: Anatomy of Immigration Fraud + Waivers and Other Remedies - 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.
Session 2: Pitfalls for Zealous Attorneys: Fraud and Misrepresentation - 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! more »
Session 1: Strategies and Practice Pointers for Family-Based and Citizenship Cases in the Age of Enforcement - Learn how to navigate and avoid pitfalls in family-based adjustment and consular processing cases, and naturalization. Address hot issues in the adjudication of these applications including NTAs upon denial, RFE’s, public charge, and fraud findings.
Session 2: Immigration Law in the Age of Enforcement: Employment - Immigration issues have been a key focus of the current administration. Discuss high-profile changes pursued by the current administration, including travel bans and adjudication trends. Also, survey changes looming on the immigration landscape, including updates on DACA/”the Dreamers,” temporary protected status, NAFTA, H-1B, and L-1 visas.
Session 3: Navigating Removals and Asylum Applications in the Age of Enforcement - Get practical tips and information for practitioners attempting to navigate removal defense and defensive asylum applications under the increasingly oppressive policies of the current administration. more »
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. more »
Session 1: Understanding United States Immigration and Nationality Laws - Hear a discussion of the interplay of unlawful presence, out of status, nonimmigrant, immigrant, and citizenship status for foreign nationals, their employers, and their families.
Session 2: Immigration Agencies and Basic Immigration Terminology - Explore the roles of various federal agencies involved in the administration of U.S. immigration laws, strategies for communicating with these agencies, and basic immigration law terminology. more »
Session 1: Asylum Update - 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.
Session 2: VAWA and SIJ Updates - 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.
Session 3: Hot Topics in Removal - Hear an overview of the top 2018 asylum cases in light of Matter of A-C-M and Matter of Neguise. more »
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 - 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.
Session 2: Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation - Examine the fundamentals of “smart lawyering” using the right questions, searches, and documentation in filing for benefits in light of the changing immigration landscape. Listen to a discussion about the memos released by USCIS within the past year and their impact on filing for immigration benefits. more »
THIS MONTH: Social Media: Employee Ideology vs. Company Values • To C or not to C? Entity Selection in the New Tax Age • Form Contracts that Don't Mean What They Say • Dealing with Bad Facts • A Checklist for Commercial Loans • Ethical Issues and Self Care in Immigration Law more »
Session 1: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - Lawyers today find that keeping client information safe is more challenging when using today’s technology tools. You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to understand how to avoid ethical missteps related to technology. Lawyer-friendly information on cyber ethics is provided.
Session 2: Wanting a Seat at the Table: The Rise of Equity Committees - Existing equity holders of Chapter 11 debtors are increasingly requesting appointment of official committees of equity holders pursuant to section 1102 of the Bankruptcy Code. Examine the standard for appointment and role of equity committees, recent cases in which courts have granted and denied requests for appointment of an equity committee, and whether equity committees enhance shareholder recoveries in Chapter 11 cases.
Session 3: All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism - Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues. more »
Session 1: Protecting the In-House Attorney Client Privilege - A practical overview of the attorney-client privilege as it applies to in-house counsel communications. Hear best practices for protecting communications, common pitfalls, and real world hot topics. Focus on “intermingled” legal and business communications, investigations, and multi-jurisdictional disputes, as well as discovery and litigation planning and management.
Session 2: Ethics and Professionalism in a Global Environment - Ethics and professionalism are being influenced by many factors in today’s global environment. Consider some of these factors, along with areas of commonality amongst the legal ethics rules from a sampling of jurisdictions.
Session 3: Taking Care of Ourselves: Lessons in Work–Life Balance and Self-Care - In a high-stress profession, everyone is vulnerable to destructive habits harmful to ourselves and our clients. Hear a candid discussion about the reality of risk to the profession and anecdotal tips for changing the statistics. more »
Session 1: All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism - Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues.
Session 2: Technology’s Disruption of the Legal Profession - Explore various technologies and emerging platforms that continue to influence the legal industry, including key considerations in implementing these technologies and related ethical concerns. more »
Explore some of the basic ethical issues facing immigration practitioners, including preparing witnesses to testify in court, preparation and presentation of documentary evidence to the court, and withdrawing as counsel when there is an ethical issue or conflict of interest. more »