CLE Training: Family Defense Practice for Noncitizen Respondents in Article 10 Proceedings

Article 10 proceedings in New York State Family Court can create unique risks and complications for a noncitizen respondent. Actions taken in family court, such as admissions to non-citizen status, findings that the respondent has violated an order of protection, or findings of abuse and neglect, may lead directly to immigration consequences. This training is intended to provide information to family defense attorneys on how to work with noncitizen clients and incorporate immigration concerns into their representation strategy. The training will explain the potential immigration consequences of adjudications in Article 10 proceedings. It will also give best practices for how family defense counsel can try to avoid immigration consequences at different stages of an Article 10 case.

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project, Bronx Defenders, Attorneys for Children/Assigned Counsel Panel, Appellate Division, Second Department

What you will learn:

  • How to identify when to incorporate an immigration-safe strategy into an Article 10 case
  • The potential immigration consequences of adjudications in Article 10 proceedings in NYS Family Court
  • Strategies for negotiating outcomes in Article 10 proceedings that minimize immigration consequences

Who should attend:

Family Court attorneys and advocates representing respondents in Article 10 proceedings and related matters. This course is not open to individuals employed by Administration for Children’s Services, Child Protective Services, other child welfare agencies, local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security or by prosecutorial agencies including District Attorney’s Offices.


  • George Ocasio – Staff Attorney/Family Defense Immigration Counsel – The Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice
  • Em Puhl – Senior Staff Attorney – Immigrant Defense Project


This is a two-part series: 

  • Part I: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)
  • Part II: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm (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 open on Wednesday November 3,  2021 and close on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 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. In order to attend a webinar hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow the instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

This transitional/nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 2 credit hours which can be applied toward the professional practice requirement. In order to receive CLE credit, individuals will be required to complete an attendance verification form and evaluation. A maximum of 1 credit hour will be awarded for each day of attendance.

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. 
  • Inquiries about CLE credit should be sent to Gregory Chickel at [email protected] For all other inquiries, please contact [email protected]