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Curriculum for "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Problems, Solutions and Best Practices"

The following is the curriculum for "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Problems, Solutions and Best Practices"

FIRST Phone Session on January 23: What is a "conviction" and how to avoid its immigration consequences?

  • How does the INA define "conviction"?
  • How do the BIA and courts interpret "conviction"?
  • Exceptions: Are there any exceptions?
    1. Diversion and deferred adjudications
    2. Expunged convictions and Federal First Offenders Act (FFOA)
    3. Juvenile/youthful offender offenses
    4. Vacations
    5. Pardons
Hypo: How can a conviction be avoided (pre-plea diversion), and what ways exist to render a conviction ineffective for immigration purposes?

SECOND Phone Session on February 13: How to analyze the immigration consequences of a given conviction?

  • Determine the elements to be proved under a state or federal criminal statute
  • Determine the range of immigration violations triggered by a conviction having such elements
Hypo: Conducting a pre-plea consultation with criminal defense counsel
  • Determine the parts of the record of conviction that will be examined later
  • Construct a "safe plea" to a harmless statute or to a harmless provision of a divisible statute
Hypo: Applying the analytical method: selected grounds for deportation for analysis
  • Crimes of domestic violence
    1. as a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT)
    2. as a crime of violence
    3. as a crime of domestic violence
  • Possession of a controlled substance
    1. as a controlled substance
    2. as an aggravated felony
  • Fraud
    1. as a CIMT
    2. as an aggravated felony involving a loss over $10,000
THIRD Phone Session on March 20: Relief from conviction-based deportability under the immigration laws and what post-conviction actions may be needed to establish eligibility?
  • Relief from removal in immigration court. Eligibility for asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), cancellation and other relief
  • Post conviction relief in criminal court
    1. Vacating guilty pleas
    2. Modifying sentences
Hypo: How can a conviction or sentence be ameliorated to avoid ineligibility for relief from removal?

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