2022 Crimes and Immigration Seminar

The Crimes and Immigration Seminar is an annual CLE program that provides in-depth training on key topics in criminal-immigration law practice. The seminar is designed to be useful and engaging for both introductory and advanced immigration law practitioners.

The first day will cover a variety of topics relating to the categorical approach, the analysis that courts use to determine the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. The opening session will provide attendees with an understanding of how the categorical approach is conducted in immigration cases, highlighting advanced topics and challenges that arise in practice. The second and third sessions focus on two in-depth topics related to the categorical approach: understanding the modified categorical approach following the Supreme Court’s 2021 decision in Pereida v Wilkinson, and an overview of advanced indivisibility arguments. The day will close with a discussion of recent and notable decisions in the Second and Third Circuits that may impact criminal-immigration practice.

The second day will focus on the impact of post-conviction relief for immigration purposes, including vacaturs, expungements, and sentence modifications in state criminal court. The first session will provide an overview of how to pursue post-conviction relief for your noncitizen client, and the second session will provide an in-depth discussion of how to get post-conviction relief to be recognized for immigration law purposes. Finally, the day will close with a session on motions to reopen that are based on successful post-conviction relief and particular challenges that may arise in this context.


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Individual registration is closed Group Registration is closed

Individual registration closes at midnight ET on February 10, 2022

Group registration closes at 5:00 PM ET on February 7, 2022

Agenda

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Categorical Approach

Speakers:

Amelia Marritz – IDP – Senior Litigation Attorney

Khaled Alrabe – NIPNLG – Senior Staff Attorney

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm: Break

1:40 pm – 2:40 pm: The Modified Categorical Approach Post-Pereida Removability and Eligibility for Relief

Speakers:

Andrew Wachtenheim – IDP – Supervising Litigation Attorney

Jayashri Srikantiah – Stanford Law School – Director – Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Overview of Advanced Indivisibility Arguments

Speakers:

Amelia Marritz – IDP – Senior Litigation Attorney

Kate Evans – Duke Law School – Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm: Break

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm: Recent Case Updates in the Second and Third Circuits

Speakers:

John Peng – Prisoners’ Legal Services – Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Rebecca Hufstader – Legal Services of New Jersey

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022

10:00 am – 11:00 am: PCR Overview

Speakers:

Ryan Muennich – IDP – Senior Staff Attorney

Matthew Vogel – NIPNLG – Supervising Attorney

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am – 12:45 pm: Getting PCR Recognized in Immigration Court

Speakers:

Andrew Wachtenheim – IDP – Supervising Litigation Attorney

Phil Torrey – Harvard Law School – Director, Crimmigration Clinic; Managing Attorney, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Tiffany Lieu – Harvard Law School – Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Issues to Consider in PCR-based Motions to Reopen

Speakers:

Michelle Mendez – NIPNLG – Director of Legal Support & Resources

Adam Crandell – Eldridge, Nachtman & Crandell, LLC – Partner


Warning: You must register with an email attached to a Zoom account.

Individual registration closes at midnight ET on February 10, 2022

Group registration closes at 5:00 PM ET on February 7, 2022

Tech requirements

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
  • In order for attendees to view a session, they will need to log in through the desktop application. You can download it here.
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    • Zoom desktop client: Windows: 5.8.6 or higher
    • macOS: 5.8.6 or higher
    • Zoom mobile clientiOS: 5.8.6 or higher
    • Android: 5.8.6 or higher

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CLE Credits

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) 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. This transitional/nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 8 Professional Practice credits. No CLE credit may be earned for repeat attendance at any accredited CLE activity. Financial aid is available for attorneys who wish to attend but are experiencing financial hardship. For financial aid information, email [email protected]

CLE sponsored by:

Immigrant Defense Project, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the New York State Defenders Association.

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Please send inquiries about the CLE to [email protected]