Crim-Imm 101 CLE: Understanding Immigration Status for Defense Attorneys

In 2010 the Supreme Court decided ​Padilla v. Kentucky​, holding the 6th Amendment requires criminal defense counsel to advise non-citizen clients about the immigration consequences that could arise from the decision to plead guilty or go to trial. Since ​Padilla ​was decided, it has become more necessary than ever for defense attorneys to advise immigrant clients about not only immigration consequences of criminal convictions, but also the risk of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) arrest in the middle of a criminal case. Regional Immigration Assistance Centers throughout New York State work with defense counsel to fulfill their obligation under ​Padilla​. This training is aimed to help defense attorneys learn the necessary information to gather from clients to work with immigration counsel.

This training was previously held by IDP on October 14th, 2021

Registration is closed

What you will learn:

  • Why it matters for defense counsel to advise immigrant clients on immigration consequences of criminal contact
  • Current ICE arrest and policing practices in New York City (including at and around courthouses)
  • A brief introduction to basic concepts of immigration law and the client history that impacts the immigration consequences of a conviction
  • An overview of common immigration statuses

Who should attend:

Criminal defense or family defense attorneys who represent immigrant clients and want information about the best practices for gathering immigration history information and up-to-date information about the ways ICE targets immigrants after an arrest. This course is not open to individuals employed by local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security or by prosecutorial agencies including District Attorney’s Offices.


  • Genia Blaser—IDP Supervising Attorney
  • Jorge Guerreiro—IDP Staff Attorney


Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm (ET)
Please note that this is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


The program is presented free of charge.
Registration will close on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at noon (ET).

This training was previously held by IDP on October 14th, 2021

Registration is closed

How to access a Zoom Webinar:

The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrant’s identity. In order to attend a webinar hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow the instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project
This transitional/nontransitional course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, all of which credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement.

Additional Information:

  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. 
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed by July 6, 2022. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]

This training was previously held by IDP on October 14th, 2021

Registration is closed