Credit: Entire Series: 12.0 Total Credit Hours, 3.0 Credit Hours Per Session
Description: This four-part series provides an overview of immigration law that attorneys may encounter regardless of their specialty. Faculty will cover immigration law and practice, including the government agencies involved, as well as options for employment-based and family-based immigration law, asylum and humanitarian relief, and an introduction to immigration litigation practice.
Part 1: Immigration Law Overview and Family-Based Immigration (April 9) This session will introduce participants to the key statutes, regulations, and fundamental concepts of immigration and nationality law, and will provide a roadmap to the various agencies that administer them. Faculty will present and discuss essential concepts such as nonimmigrant versus immigrant visas, inadmissibility, removability, and what it means for a foreign national to be “out of status” or “unlawfully present” in the United States. The second half of the session will cover the basic requirements for one of the most common routes to obtaining U.S. legal permanent residence-family-based immigration-focusing on marriage to a U.S. citizen. Through a mock “client intake” and “immigration interview,” faculty will discuss the law, process, and some of the ethical considerations that may arise in such cases. Faculty: Nancy M. Lawrence, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.; Margaret Gleason, The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Elizabeth Quinn, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.
Part 2: Employment-Based Immigration: Nonimmigrant Visas (April 16) Learn the fundamentals of employment-based, nonimmigrant visas across the full spectrum of options: from training visas to employment visas, and from nationality-specific to occupation-specific visas. Find out what B-1, E-3, H-1B, H-2B, J-1, L-1, and TN visas are, among others. Nonimmigrant visas are a literal “alphabet soup” of options and this session will help you understand some of the key differences among the various types of visas. Our experienced panel, which includes business immigration practitioners and a government speaker, will lead you through the full life cycle of an application process. Topics include adjudication by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and visa. Faculty: Jim Alexander, Maggio & Kattar, P.C; Parastoo G. Zahedi, Attorney at Law
Part 3: Employment-Based Immigration: U.S. Legal Permanent Residence and Corporate Compliance (April 30) Our panel will lead you through the various avenues by which a foreign national may secure permanent residence through employment. You will learn about PERM labor certification and labor certification-exempt categories (such as outstanding researchers and multinational managers/executives) as well as immigrant investor visas. In addition, our panel will briefly discuss employer compliance and enforcement efforts by a variety of government agencies, including site visits by the USCIS and audits by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Faculty: John Nahajzer, Maggio & Kattar, P.C; Reza Rahbaran, Attorney at Law; Mary E. Ryan, Taylor and Ryan, P.C.
Part 4: Overview of Immigration Litigation, Asylum, and Humanitarian Relief (May 7) This class will cover the key aspects of immigration law for individuals who are not eligible for employment- or family-based sponsorship. Specifically, some individuals who travel to the United States for fear of persecution in their home countries based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group are eligible to apply for asylum. In addition, some individuals may be eligible for other humanitarian relief such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), protection under the Violence Against Women Act, humanitarian parole, or other deferred action. Overall, individuals who are in the United States without valid immigration status, or who have been involved in activities that may jeopardize their immigration status, can be placed in removal proceedings. Learn from our experts how individuals may be placed in removal proceedings and what options may be available to them. This session will provide an overview of the statutory and regulatory framework of removal proceedings, asylum, and humanitarian relief options. Faculty: Anna Marie Gallagher, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.; Michelle Mendez, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington; Hon. Phillip T. Williams, U.S. Immigration Judge, Baltimore Immigration Court
D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005
- CLE Program 202-626-3488
- Hon. Phillip Williams, U.S. Immigration Judge, Baltimore Immigration Court
- Jim Alexander, Maggio & Kattar P.C.
- Anna Marie Gallagher, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.
- Margaret Gleason, The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Damon Kitterman, U.S. Department of State
- Nancy Lawrence, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
- Michelle Mendez, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
- John Nahajzer, Maggio & Kattar P.C.
- Elizabeth Quinn, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.
- Reza Rahbaran, Attorney at Law
- Mary Ryan, Taylor and Ryan, P.C.
- Parastoo Zahedi, Attorney at Law
- CLE Credit
Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section $269.00
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Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section $269.00
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Family Law Section $269.00
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