SERIES: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law Series 2014 (March 4, 11, 18, and 25)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8:45 pm

CLE Credit: Yes

Event Description
What Every Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law Series 2014

Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2014


Credit: Entire Series: 12.0 Total Credit Hours; Individual Sessions: 3.0 Credit Hours Per Session


Fee: Entire Series: $269 Cosponsoring Section Members; $289 D.C. Bar Members; $309 Government Attorneys; $329 Others. Individual Sessions: $89 Cosponsoring Section Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government Attorneys; $129 Others

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 (March 4)

Description: This session introduces participants to the key statutes, regulations, and fundamental concepts of immigration and nationality law, and provides 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 covers 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: Margaret Gleason, Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mark A. Mancinci,Wasserman, Mancini & Chang Immigration Law Firm; Elizabeth Quinn, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.

Part 2: Employment-Based Immigration: Nonimmigrant Visas (March 11)

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 issuance at the U.S. Department of State.

Faculty: John Nahajzer, Maggio & Kattar, P.C; Denise Hammond, Hammond Immigration Law, PC; Damon P. Kitterman, U.S. Department of State

Part 3: Employment-Based Immigration: U.S. Legal Permanent Residence and Corporate Compliance  (March 18)

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: Jim Alexander, Maggio Kattar, P.C.; Theresa Nahajzer, M6 HR; Amy Novick, Haynes Novick Immigration

Part 4: Overview of Immigration Litigation, Asylum, and Humanitarian Relief (March 25)

This class will cover the key aspects of immi­gration law for individuals who are not eligi­ble for employment-based 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 provides an overview of the statutory and regulatory framework of removal proceedings, asylum, and humanitarian relief options.

Faculty: Hon. Phillip T. Williams, U.S. Immigration Judge, Baltimore Immigration Court;  Anna Marie Gallagher, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.; Karen Grisez, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005

Contact Information
CLE Program
Phone: 202-626-3488
Fax: 202-942-9750

  • James 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

  • Karen Grisez, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP

  • Denise Hammond, Hammond Immigration Law, P.C.

  • Damon Kitterman, U.S. Department of State

  • Mark Mancini, Wasserman, Mancini & Chang

  • John Nahajzer, Maggio & Kattar P.C.

  • Theresa Nahajzer, M6 HR LLC

  • Amy Novick, Haynes Novick Immigration

  • Elizabeth Quinn, Maggio & Kattar, P.C.

  • Phillip Williams, U.S. Immigration Judge, Baltimore Immigration Court


Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section


Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section


Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice


Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section


D.C. Bar Members


Family Law Section


Government Attorneys


International Law Section


Labor and Employment Law Section


Litigation Section