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Thursday, September 24 • 11:45am - 5:15pm
Outside the Box: Creative Strategies to Fight for your Clients (*separate registration required* | National Immigration Project / NIPNLG CLE)

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Separate registration and fee at:
NIPNLG CLE Registration Page

CLE Sponsored by: National Immigration Project of the NLG (NIPNLG)

Please send inquiries about the CLE to events@nipnlg.org


11:45:  Introductions

12:00 - 1:30:  Administrative Advocacy: CRCL, OIG, and FTCA Complaints 90 minutes of instruction (1.50 CLE Credit)

This session will cover creative ways to advocate for your clients outside immigration court, through administrative advocacy channels that exist to hold government officials accountable. The panel will cover general complaints to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), complaints to the Section 504 sub-office of CRCL, complaints to the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and complaints pursuant to the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). Panelists will provide an overview of these processes, a nuts-and-bolts guide to how to put each type of complaint together and what materials to include, typical outcomes, and creative ways to use these complaints to fight for your clients' rights and to further systemic change efforts to reform DHS.

Faculty: Mitra Ebadolahi, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Pilar Gonzalez, Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Christopher ("Chris”) Rickerd, Consultant, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Kathryn (“Katie”) Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel, Immigration Justice Campaign, American Immigration Council

1:30 - 1:45:  Break

1:45 - 3:15: Bail Motions for Clients with Pending PFRs: Successes and Pitfalls 90 minutes of instruction (1.50 CLE Credit)

This session will address bail motions and other emerging or little-used strategies for obtaining release of clients with pending Petitions for Review in various circuits. The panel will cover sources of legal authority for release by a court of appeals, then will provide a more in-depth discussion of recent experiences with bail motions in the Second and Ninth Circuits. Finally, the panel will discuss next steps and possible claims for cases that are transferred to the district court.

Faculty:  Denisha S. Bacchus, Associate, Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP
Kari E. Hong, Associate Professor, Boston College of Law and Supervisor and Founder, Ninth Circuit Appellate Program
Suchita (“Suchi”) Mathur, Federal Practice Attorney, Immigration Practice, The Bronx Defenders

3:15 - 3:30: Break

3:30 - 5:00:  Motions to Reopen and Return of Deported Clients 90 minutes of instruction (1.50 CLE Credits)
This session will focus on strategies for seeking return of deported clients. The panel will start by covering the basics of the different types of final removal orders, then will delve into DHS Motions to Rescind, EOIR Motions to Reopen and Reconsider, and other creative strategies including mandamus, INA § 329, 8 U.S.C. § 1503, and visa waiver applications. Finally, the panel will describe the nuts and bolts of returning your clients to the United States.

Faculty: Talia Inlender, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
Aimee Mayer-Salins, Staff Attorney, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Talia Inlender, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney - Immigrants' Rights, Public Counsel

5:00 - 5:15: Closing

5:15: Seminar Ends

CLE credits
An application for 4.5 credits is pending in Washington. Certificates will be available for attorneys to request CLE credits in other states.

Registration Fees 
Legal Worker/Non-Profit/Student - $150
Current Members of NIPNLG, NLG, or Minority Bar Associations - $225
Private Attorney - $275

Thursday September 24, 2020 11:45am - 5:15pm EDT