IDP is offering a free online training series in the months of May and June. The goal of this series is to train immigration attorneys and advocates, DOJ-accredited representatives, and support staff on issues at the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. The series will cover issues related to advising clients who have had contact with the criminal system, how to determine whether a client has a conviction for immigration purposes, and help practitioners analyze the immigration consequences of a conviction in New York State. The series will also provide practice tips in applying this information to hypothetical client scenarios. The training sessions are interrelated, with each subsequent training building off the prior sessions.
These courses are offered free of charge. IDP has applied for New York CLE accreditation for each training. The trainings will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for CLE credits.
Training Series Schedule
Understanding your Client’s Contact with the Criminal Legal System in New York City
May 20, 2021, at 2:00 pm
This training will provide information on the path of a criminal case in New York City, the obligations of criminal defense counsel to advise immigrant clients on immigration consequences of their case, and the Padilla units that advise defense attorneys.
Steps to Analyze the Immigration Impact of Criminal Contact and Convictions for Immigrant Clients
June 3, 2021, at 3:00 pm
This training will provide information on the steps for analyzing the immigration impact of criminal court contact and/or conviction, including the consequences of specific dispositions in New York criminal courts. It will provide an in-depth explanation of the crime-based grounds of inadmissibility, deportability, and bars to immigration relief. The goal of this training is to help advocates identify criminal-immigration issues in a client’s case, in order to begin further research.
Practice tips for representing clients with criminal legal system contacts in affirmative applications
June 17, 2021, at 3:00 pm
This training will provide information to attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and their support staff on how to analyze a case where a client has had contact with police and the criminal court system. The training will go step-by-step through two hypothetical client cases, explaining how to analyze the effect of contact with the criminal system on a specific immigration application.