CLE Training: Crim-Imm 101: 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 at a courthouse or 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 assist defense attorneys to learn the necessary information to gather from clients to work with immigration counsel.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Please note that this is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.

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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 fathering immigration history information and up to date information about the ways ICE targets immigrants after an arrest.

Genia Blaser, IDP Senior Staff Attorney
Jorge Guerreiro, IDP Staff Attorney

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.

In order to receive CLE credit, individuals are required to complete an attendance verification form and evaluation after the conclusion of the course.

Program is presented free of charge. Registration will close on Friday, November 13th, 2020.

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  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform.
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed after Thanksgiving. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]