CLE Training: Understanding your Client’s Contact with the Criminal Legal System in New York City

What you will learn:

Contact with the criminal legal system can create unique risks and complications for an immigrant client. Immigration practitioners may have situations where they represent an immigrant who separately has an open criminal case in New York City and may not feel comfortable advising criminal defense counsel on how to resolve it. This training is intended to provide information for attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and their support staff on the obligations of criminal defense counsel to advise immigrant clients on immigration consequences of their case, the overview of Padilla units that advise defense attorneys, and the path of a criminal case in New York City. Additionally, this training will provide information on the documents that are produced as part of a criminal case that may be necessary for immigration advocates to review.

What you will learn:

  • The context of how ICE policing and arrests are related to criminal legal system contact
  • Padilla v. Kentucky and defense counsel’s obligation to advise immigrant clients on immigration consequences of criminal cases
  • An overview of the immigration practitioners providing Padilla advisals in New York City
  • The path of a criminal case in New York City, including types of charges, possible resolutions, and sentences.
  • An overview of documents produced as part of a criminal case

Who should attend:

Immigration attorneys and advocates representing clients who may have had contact with the criminal legal system in New York City. 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 and the Department of Justice.


  • Genia Blaser—IDP Senior Staff Attorney
  • Amanda Jack—Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney


Thursday, May 20th, 2021 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Note – This is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


Program is presented free of charge.
Registration will open on Monday, April 19th, 2021, and will close on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021.

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 these instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

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 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 by June 3rd, 2021.

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 June 18th, 2021. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]