Identifying Post-Conviction Relief Options for Immigrant Clients

This free CLE will provide an introduction and guidance to post-conviction relief (“PCR”) for clients with convictions in New York State. The course will lay out relevant PCR statutes for New York convictions, how immigration practitioners can identify that PCR may be an appropriate defense or strategy, and tips for immigration practitioners to coordinate strategy with PCR counsel. The course will also cover recent case law related to ensuring PCR effectiveness in removal proceedings.

What you will learn:

  • Introduction and overview of New York’s vehicle for Post-Conviction Relief: CPL § 440 
  • Common grounds for PCR including learning to use PCR in immigration court and administrative proceedings 
  • Methods for assisting PCR counsel including, timing considerations and negotiation strategies

Who should attend:

Immigration attorneys and advocates representing people with New York convictions.


  • Jorge Guerreiro—IDP Staff Attorney
  • Ryan Muennich—IDP Senior Staff Attorney


Thursday, August 18, 2022 – 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 will close on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at noon (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:

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.

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 September 15, 2022. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]