2024 Seminar

Defending Immigrants Affected by Mass Incarceration is a CLE program that provides in-depth training on key topics in criminal-immigration law practice. Over two days, experienced immigration attorneys will provide training on new developments in case law that is key to providing high quality representation to immigrant with criminal legal system contacts. The program is designed to be useful and engaging for both introductory and advanced immigration law practitioners.  

On day one, sessions will discuss a broad range of topics for attorneys representing immigrants with criminal legal system contacts to aid with issue spotting and forming case strategy. This will include the current standard for effective assistance of counsel under Padilla v. Kentucky and the future of ensuring immigrants have notice about devastating immigration consequences. We will identify criminal court records that may be used in Immigration Court proceedings and strategies for minimizing negative inferences from those documents. We will also talk about this year’s Supreme Court immigration docket, including the challenges to Chevron, the “Notice to Appear” cases, and equal protection for noncitizens and provide a survey of recent Second and Third Circuit case law.

On day two, presenters will cover specific tools of analysis and criminal grounds of removal and the impact of pending legislative changes on immigrants. Sessions will cover the categorical approach, the “Crime of Violence” Aggravated Felony ground, and defensive strategies for people with drug convictions. We will also cover special opportunities for post-conviction relief for immigrants with New York marijuana convictions entered prior to marijuana legalization. Finally, we will discuss legislation pending in New York state that will impact immigrants with criminal legal system contacts.

Feedback from prior IDP CLE programs:

  • Thanks! Your team has so much knowledge and is very helpful for our work.
  • I have used [IDP as a resource] since 2010 and have always found the attorneys to be incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
  • All the information provided was extremely valuable. This was an excellent webinar, that explained complex subjects (e.g. divisibility, categorical approach) in ways that were easier to understand (the presentation graphics really helped)
  • I found it really valuable to reinforce my understanding of the categorical approach.
  • Excellent and well-presented program.
  • Very informative and concise. Easy to follow.
  • This was all round an excellent program.  One of the best I have heard on crim-imm issues.
  • Amazing presentation. Thanks for the inspiration
  • Great job. One of the best I have attended. Thank you.
  • This was really comprehensive and helpful!

A fee waiver is available to attorneys facing financial hardship. For more information, email [email protected]


Warning: This seminar is being held on Zoom video conferencing software via Zoom Events. You must register with an email attached to a Zoom account.

Individual registration Group Registration CLosed

Individual registration closes at midnight ET on April 15, 2024

Group registration closes at 5:00 PM ET on April 5, 2024

Agenda

Speakers:

Genia Blaser – IDP – Director of Hotline

Onyx Starrett – Santa Barbara Public Defender Office – Deputy Public Defender

Ryan Muennich – IDP – Acting Supervising Attorney for the Padilla Support Center

Speakers:

Conor Gleason – Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network – Senior Staff Attorney

Catherine Gonzalez – Brooklyn Defender Services – Supervising Immigration Attorney & Policy Counsel

Speakers:

Andrew Wachtenheim – IDP – Director of Litigation

Nancy Morawetz – NYU School of Law – Professor of Clinical Law

Nadia Anguiano – University of Minnesota Law School – Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic

Cecillia Wang – ACLU – Deputy Legal Director

Speakers:

John Peng – Prisoners’ Legal Services – Immigration Federal Litigation & Appellate Staff Attorney

Rebecca Hufstader – Legal Services of New Jersey – Supervising Attorney of the Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative

Speakers:

Talia Peleg – CUNY School of Law – Associate Professor of Law in the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic

Diana Rashid – National Immigrant Justice Center – Managing Attorney

Speakers:

Daniel Habib – Federal Defenders of New York – Attorney

S. Isaac WheelerFederal Defenders of New York – Immigration Specialist Attorney

Speakers:

Amelia Marritz – Brooklyn Defenders – Supervising Attorney, Immigration Practice

Elena Noureddine – IDP – Padilla Support Center Senior Staff Attorney

Drew Vaccaro – IDP – Litigation Fellow

Speaker:

Angad Singh – Appellate Advocates – Supervising Attorney, Non-Citizen Post-Conviction Relief Practice

Speakers:

Yasmine Farhang – IDP – Director of Advocacy

Fanta Fofana – Clemency Coalition of New York – Co-coordinator

Ryan Muennich – IDP – Acting Supervising Attorney for the Padilla Support Center

Rosa Cohen-Cruz – Bronx Defenders – Director of Immigration Policy

Colin Absolam – Osborne Association – Case Manager


Warning: This seminar is being held on Zoom video conferencing software via Zoom Events. You must register with an email attached to a Zoom account.

Individual registration Group Registration CLosed

Individual registration closes at midnight ET on April 15, 2024

Group registration closes at 5:00 PM ET on April 5, 2024

Tech requirements

How to access a Zoom Events:

  • The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrant’s identity. In order to attend a Zoom Event hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow the instructions
  • Software prerequisites for Zoom Events attendees:
    • Zoom client: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Intune: 5.14.5 or higher
    • Zoom client: Blackberry: 5.14.0  or higher
    • Zoom Events web browser
      • Chromium Edge: 80 or higher
      • Google Chrome: 53.0.2785 or higher
      • Safari: 10.0.602.1.50 or higher
      • Firefox: 76 or higher
      • Internet Explorer: 10 or higher

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to get CLE credit for attending?

Yes. IDP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York (2022–2025) in traditional and non-traditional formats. This transitional/non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 11 credit hours in Professional Practice credits.

Is there a fee for attending the program?

Yes. Please see the fees listed in the Zoom Events registration platform and group registration instructions. Financial aid is available for attorneys who wish to attend but are experiencing financial hardship. For financial aid information, email [email protected].

Who can I contact for other questions?

Reach out to us at [email protected] if you have other questions.