Walking in a Minter Wonderland: New York State “Narcotic Drug” convictions and Motions to Reopen or Reconsider after U.S. v. Minter

CLE Training: December 14, 2023, 2:00pm – 3:30pm (ET)

On September 6, 2023, the Second Circuit issued a landmark decision in U.S. v. Minter, No. 21-3102, 2023 WL 5730084 (2d Cir. Sept. 6, 2023), which held that certain New York “Narcotic Drug” Convictions are not Aggravated Felonies or Offenses Relating to a Controlled Substance. The decision in Minter opens up exciting paths for non-citizens who have New York “Narcotic Drug” convictions to reopen old deportation orders out of the Second Circuit. This course will review the Second Circuit’s holding in Minter, discuss who could benefit from the decision, and cover considerations and logistics around filing Motions to Reopen or Reconsider based on Minter.  

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project

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What you will learn:

  • What the Second Circuit held in U.S. v. Minter and open questions raised from the decision
  • How to identify clients who could benefit from the decision
  • The nuts and bolts of filing a Motion to Reopen or Reconsider and considerations around deciding to file a MTR in light of U.S. v. Minter

Who should attend:

Immigration attorneys and advocates representing clients who have New York State narcotics convictions and/or who have previously filed or are considering filing Motions to Reopen or Reconsider.  This course assumes a basic knowledge of the Categorical Approach methodology. There will be a brief overview as part of the training but this is not an in-depth training on the Categorical Approach.

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.

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. No CLE credit may be earned for repeat attendance at any accredited CLE activity in a calendar year.


  • Kristin Macleod-Ball — Senior Staff Attorney, The National Immigration Litigation Alliance
  • Paige Austin — Supervising Litigation Attorney, Make the Road New York
  • Drew Vaccaro — Litigation Fellow, Immigrant Defense Project


Thursday, December 14, 2023 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm (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 now currently open.

Registration will close at noon on Thursday, December 14 (ET).

Registration is closed

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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 early January 2024.
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]

Registration is closed