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2018 Immigration Law

In a constantly changing political climate, navigating new policies, guidance and interpretations of the law are 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 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. Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions. Gain practical insight into new immigration policies and current key issues in Top Changes in Immigration Law Realities. Examine business-based immigration topics including an overview of work visas, PERM processing, and the rise of worksite audits and enforcement investigations. Explore the legal framework and unique jurisprudence that has developed at ports-of-entry, as well as individual remedies that may exist. Discuss changes for those seeking asylum, VAWA adjustment, and SIJ status, plus tips for a positive adjudication from USCIS. Learn how to identify fraud in an immigration case, and explore the potential pitfalls for lawyers and their clients. more

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 25 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law's Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. It provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of family immigration law and employment immigration law, and offers an introduction to removal proceedings.     more

2018 Live Conference coming up Oct 24 in Austin. Info and registration »
2018 Materials expected available 3-5 weeks from conference date.



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2018 Immigration Removal Proceedings

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, and family lawyers involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. Hear techniques and tactics for effectively handling typical and atypical problems. Interact with top immigration practitioners and gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients, while protecting yourself and your practice.  This course walks through: Ground for Deportability and Inadmissibility Bond Proceedings Challenging NTAs and Motions to Dismiss Contesting Deportability Challenging Crime-Based Grounds of Deportability Relief in Immigration Court Adjustments Cancellation of Removal and Other Discretionary Relief Appeals and Motions to Reopen INSTRUCTORS   IMRAN BEG MIRZA has been Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995. He has over 28 years of experience litigating cases in the immigration, federal district and federal appellate courts of the United States. Mr. Mirza is also currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Crime and Immigration at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Asian-American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.   MICHELLE L. SAENZ-RODRIGUEZ is the co-founder of Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates in Dallas, Texas. Now in her 26th year of practice, Michelle is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of Texas. Michelle is former Chair for the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers. She is currently a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration. Michelle has recently been named “Top Lawyer in the Field of Immigration for 2018” by Best Lawyers in America. She recently became a Director for the AILA Board of Governors. She is on the AILA ICE National Liaison Committee and also serves as the EOIR Liaison in Dallas, Texas.   JACQUELINE L. WATSON is an El Paso native and undergraduate alum of the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law. Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Jacqueline has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1999 and proudly joined Walker-Gates Vela, PLLC in 2016. She served the AILA Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter as its Chair from 2015 to 2016. more



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2017 Immigration Law

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. Discuss how to avoid and address your client’s fraud or misrepresentation findings when dealing with the USCIS, DOS, and Immigration court. more




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2017 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. It provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of family immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, and details issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice.  more




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2016 Immigration Law

UT Law’s 40th 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 to interact with colleagues. Get to know your fellow practitioners from around the state and hear how they are dealing with tough issues. The 2-day program offers tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based immigration cases and employment-based immigration cases, and the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal.  Hear an opening presentation by Benjamin E. Johnson on Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Impact of the Current Political Debate on Immigration Politics and Policy.   Gain practical insight into key family immigration issues—naturalization, adoptions, preventing marriage fraud filings, documenting and proving family relationships, and current children’s immigration issues. Examine business-based immigration topics including PERM, alternatives to H1-B visas, and immigration consequences of downsizing.  Discuss how to address “crimes of moral turpitude” in the Fifth Circuit, the process of removal proceedings and options for relief from removal, including asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention against Torture.  Hear a special 40th Anniversary Luncheon Presentation on The Past Forty Years: Reflections on the Evolution of Immigration Law Practice with Charles C. Foster, Harry Gee, Jr., Harry J. Joe, Robert A. Shivers and Peter D. Williamson more




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2016 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. This conference provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, and outlines the basics of family immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, details issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice, and features a Welcome Reception. Continue on at the Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law for two full days of coverage on advanced issues. more




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2015 Immigration Law

UT Law’s Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally recognized experts, and offers tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies. Hear from nationally recognized experts including, Margaret D. Stock, Ira J. Kurzbahn and Ron Klasko on the latest in immigration law practice, issues and litigation addressing criteria for prosecutorial discretion, and more Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions Gain practical insight into key immigration issues—naturalization and military immigration issues, anatomy of a removal case, family detention and options for minors in removal, waivers, consequences of criminal conviction, and more 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 Hear the latest updates in family-based immigration including issues around marriage-based petitions, provisional unlawful presence waivers (I601As), and adoptions and orphan petitions Understand the ethical dilemmas commonly faced in immigration case management more




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2015 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, agencies and jargon, outlines the basics of both family immigration law and employment immigration law practice, offers an introduction to removal proceedings, and more.  more




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2014 Immigration Law

UT Law’s Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, provides an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts, and offers tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies. Review the latest Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit and Board of Immigration Appeals cases and decisions Gain practical insight into key immigration issues—naturalization and citizenship, anatomy of a removal case, waivers, adjustment, consequences of criminal conviction, and more 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 Hear the latest updates in family-based immigration including the impact of Windsor, recent case law surrounding derivative beneficiaries of preference category petitions, parole in place, plus I-751 issues for spouses and children Learn about the refugee resettlement in the U.S., plus immigration’s impact on and transformation of the Texas economy more




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2014 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, outlines the basics of family immigration or a business immigration law practice and offers an introduction to removal proceedings. more




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2013 Immigration Law

UT Law’s Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and offers an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally-recognized experts. This year's program focuses on the latest developments of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, dissects the anatomy of a removal case from start to finish, and provides a complete evidentiary road map in a 2-part fundamentals to advanced evidence series. Gregory Siskind and AILA representative Anu Joshi lead a special presentation—The Process, Politics and Prospects of Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress.  more




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2013 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—provides an overview of U.S. immigration laws, the basics of family immigration law practice and removal proceedings, offers 1.25 hours ethics credit with a discussion on the issues new practitioners face in managing an immigration practice.  more




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2012 Immigration Law

UT Law’s Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and offers an opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally-recognized experts and to interact with colleagues. Get to know your fellow practitioners from around the state and hear how they are dealing with tough issues. The 2-day program will provide you with tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based immigration cases and employment-based immigration cases, and the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. A special presentation from AILA, After the Election: News from Washington, discusses hot topics and issues—what to expect and what's next. more



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2012 Immigration Fundamentals

UT Law’s Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law—ideal for new entrants to the field or as a refresher for experienced practitioners—includes an overview of immigration laws and issues, individual sessions on family immigration practice and employment immigration practice, and concludes with Practicum: Intake and Evaluation of an Immigration Case. more



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2011 Immigration Law

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with and learn from nationally-recognized experts. Get to know your fellow practitioners from around the state and hear how they are dealing with tough issues. New this year is an expanded optional Wednesday pre-conference session, Fundamentals of Immigration and Nationality Law. This session is ideal for new practitioners or as a refresher for experienced practitioners. Topics include the basics of processing visas, adjustments of status, a primer on naturalization and citizenship, mock adjustment of status interview and mock naturalization interview. The Fundamentals concludes with an “Ask the Experts” panel and an opening reception. The main program – on October 20-21 – includes longer sessions designed to leave practitioners with tools, forms, tips and guidance on key decision points and strategies in family-based immigration cases and employment-based immigration cases, and the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. The 2011 program includes presentations on: •    A practitioner’s guide to navigating the complexities of marriage cases •    Immigration issues involving minors •    Permanent resident timeline tightrope •    Extreme lawyers: filing waivers at home and at consulates abroad The program also includes two keynote luncheon presentations: “Lessons from Inside: How Reform Could Happen” with Roxie Bacon, Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and “Proposed Texas Immigration Legislation: Bad for Business?” with Luis O. Figueroa Jr., MALDEF, and Todd C. Landfried, Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform. more



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2011 Immigration Removal Workshop

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, family lawyers—in short, anyone involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. The focus is practical—you’ll not only learn the relevant law and procedure, but hear techniques and strategies for effectively handling typical problems. more



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2010 Immigration Law

The Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and provides numerous opportunities to interact with fellow practitioners. The 2010 program begins with Wednesday evening's optional Fundamentals of Immigration Law, and continues with two full days of coverage of advanced issues. Hear from Lucas Guttentag of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and Yale Law School on Immigration Rights and Reform at federal and state levels, including Arizona's SB1070. Also this year, special sessions on the anatomy of a removal case from arrest/initiation to removal and appeal. Don't miss this unique opportunity to have all of your questions answered by the experts! The 2010 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law takes place at the Hyatt Regency Austin on the shores of Lady Bird Lake just steps away from the Hike and Bike Trail, downtown’s restaurant and entertainment district, and the vibrant SoCo area. more



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2010 Immigration Fundamentals

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, family lawyers—in short, anyone involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. The focus is practical: you’ll not only learn the relevant law and procedure, but hear techniques and strategies for effectively handling typical problems. more



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2009 Immigration Law

The conference is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels, and offers an opportunity to learn from and interact with colleagues in a great San Antonio setting. Immigration fundamentals to advanced issues in naturalization and citizenship are covered including practice strategies, citizenship, visas, waivers, SIJS, e-verify, removal, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to have questions answered by the experts. more



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2008 Immigration Law

This "how-to" conference is aimed at beginner and intermediate practitioners, and offers clear step-by-step guidance on how to address typical problems faced by family and business-based practitioners. Primers, practice strategies, citizenship, visas, criminal issues, worksite issues, removal, PERM—it's all here—along with law practice management, and frequent opportunities to ask questions and meet with course faculty and your colleagues. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network with faculty and colleagues in a great San Antonio setting! more



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2007 Immigration Law

This “how-to” conference provides effective practice strategies, as well as advice for finding helpful forms, information, and assistance with government agencies. Highlights include: • Comprehensive building blocks of immigration law fundamentals, including two optional primers on Wednesday evening, with a light dinner • “Ask the Experts” session on Friday morning—get your most perplexing questions answered by experienced practitioners • Extensive networking opportunities during breakfast, lunch, and the Thursday reception • Leading resources from practitioners and clinical teachers • Effective practice strategies, such as law office management issues Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss best practices with other practitioners! more



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2007 Immigration Fundamentals

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, family lawyers—in short, anyone involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. Taught by three clinical teachers of immigration law, along with guest speakers, the focus is practical: you’ll not only learn the relevant law and procedure, but hear techniques and strategies for effectively handling typical problems. more



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2006 Immigration Law

The 2006 Immigration and Nationality Law Conference blends family and business-based issues for beginning and intermediate practitioners. more



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2006 Immigration Fundamentals

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate immigration practitioners, employment lawyers, criminal lawyers, family lawyers—in short, anyone involved with the increasingly complex area of removal proceedings. more



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