Legal Training

Professional Trainings

Since its founding, IDP has been committed to providing legal training on issues at the intersection of criminal and immigration law. IDP offers dozens of continuing legal education trainings a year, including the annual New York Crimes and Immigration Seminar. In addition to trainings,  IDP works hard to keep practitioners up to date on the latest developments in immigration law and policy by issuing practice advisories, which are available on our website.

IDP designs training for a wide range of legal professionals. Since the Supreme Court’s landmark Padilla v. Kentucky decision, IDP has focused on training public defenders, but we also customize trainings for immigration attorneys, assigned counsel, family court practitioners, BIA accredited representatives, judges, prosecutors, and community advocates.

IDP is deeply invested in ensuring the legacy of Padilla by helping to mentor immigration attorneys within defender offices. In partnership with the Defending Immigrants Partnership (DIP), IDP empowers defenders make systemic improvements in their representation of noncitizen clients by preparing customized protocols for defender offices, eliciting “buy-in” from other staff, and developing the knowledge and analysis needed to provide effective consultations.



2020 Crimes & Immigration Seminar—click here to read about IDP’s annual Crimes & Immigration Seminar,
presented in conjunction with NIPNLG and NYSDA.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 4:45 PM (ET)
Friday, October 30, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (ET)

Please note that this program will be presented over Zoom webinar.

Community Trainings

Community Trainings

IDP strongly believes that lawyers should not have a monopoly on information. For this reason, we are committed to empowering community members through the development of accessible presentations and materials on the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration enforcement regimes.

Please check out our Community Defense page for more information.


Past Trainings

A sample of trainings that IDP has given in the past.

  • Cutting-Edge Criminal Appellate Strategies for the Defense of Noncitizens
  • Litigation About the Categorical Approach: Realistic Probability, Means/Elements Divisibility, and the Burden of Proof
  • Naturalization and Crimes
  • Immigration Enforcement under the Priority Enforcement Program
  • The Supreme Court’s 2015 and 2016 Immigration Decisions: Mellouli v. Lynch and Controlled Substances, and  Luna-Torres v. Lynch and Agency Deference
  • Immigration Consequences of Summons Court Dispositions
  • Immigration Consequences of Domestic Violence Convictions and Orders of Protection