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

In 2010, the Supreme Court held that the 6th Amendment requires criminal defense attorneys to advise non-citizen clients about the immigration consequences that could arise from the decision to plead guilty or go to trial in Padilla v. Kentucky. The training will provide guidance for defense attorneys on gathering immigration information from clients to work with immigration counsel to understand the immigration consequences of convictions.  It will also include updates on current ICE arrest and policing practices in New York City. 

The training is virtual and free of charge. It was last given for CLE credit on May 24, 2023.  Advanced registration is required.

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
  • 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 appropriate for both new and experienced attorneys. 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.


  • Ryan Muennich—Acting Supervising Attorney for the Padilla Support Center
  • Elena Noureddine—Padilla Support Center Senior Staff Attorney


Thursday,  June 6, 2024 – 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 is currently open and will close on Thursday,  June 6, 2024 at 12:00pm (ET).

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. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. If you did not do this, you will need to create a new account that corresponds to the email address used during your registration. How to Access a Zoom Webinar

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

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 1.5 credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice.

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 8, 2024.
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]