Fighting Crime: A Workshop for Immigration Lawyers
|Workshop Outline||Speaker bios||REGISTER NOW!|
This is an all-day, (8:30 am to 5 pm), comprehensive workshop. Considerable time will be devoted to back and forth and the seating is limited to the first 50 registrants to give participants ample opportunity to have their critical questions answered. Walk-in registrations accepted.
|Registration: Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided||8:30am-9:00am|
|Session 1: |
Panel 1: Gotcha - Understanding Apprehension and Removal
Panel 2: Locked Up - Special Detention and Custody Challenges
|15 min. break: Refreshments provided||10:30am-10:45am|
|Session 2:Guilty As Charged - Understanding Immigration Consequences ||10:45am-12:15pm|
|Lunch Program: Presentation by Angelo A. Paparelli||12:15pm-1:45pm|
|Session 3:Delicate Handling - Plea Options Before and After Conviction||1:45pm-3:00pm|
|15 min. break: Refreshments provided||3:00pm-3:15pm|
Panel 1: Pleasing the Court
Panel 2: Final Impact - Preclusion, Discretionary Relief and Naturalization
Special note from the discussion leader about the workshop:
Immigration lawyers today, no matter the focus of their practice, increasingly are coming face-to-face with the dreaded word "CRIME." A valued client has been charged with a crime, or worse yet, a shamefaced client belatedly "remembers" that a criminal conviction rests in the closet. More and more often, federal authorities dismiss the option of a civil violation in favor of criminal prosecution. Immigration attorneys dread the word "crime" - not just because it may waylay even the best nonimmigrant or green-card strategy and mean escalated consequences for their clients. They dread it because it signifies work outside the immigration comfort zone, or perhaps beyond the lawyer's level of competence. So they face a painful dilemma: Refer the client and a lucrative matter to a more-experienced practitioner or jump into the deep water without a life vest. It doesn't matter if their practice is white- or blue-collar, family- or employment-based, immigration-court focused or service-center centric, most lawyers simply dread the "crime" word. They may have attended past seminars on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, but then Congress, the agencies and the courts keep changing the rules and interpretations. What worked before, now may be foreclosed or ineffective.
ILW.COM is pleased, therefore, to offer a cutting-edge solution. This full-day workshop, led by Lory D. Rosenberg, the lawyer who "wrote the book" on the subject (Thomson West's Immigration Law and Crimes), along with leading immigration and criminal-defense lawyers, will offer the latest developments and best practices that immigration lawyers need to assist foreign citizens accused or convicted of criminal conduct preserve all available immigration benefits. Lunch will be accompanied by remarks from Angelo Paparelli, who will share his knowledge and expertise in assisting employers with compliance issues, and the increasing use of RICO criminal statutes in enforcement.
Noel Ann Brennan (EOIR): Judge Brennan was appointed to the New York City Immigration Court in August 2003. From 2000 to 2003 she was a Member of the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws nationally. From 1994 to 2000 Judge Brennan served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General under Janet Reno. From 1987 until 1994 Judge Brennan was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. Judge Brennan received her undergraduate degree from Marywood College and a master of arts degree from George Washington University. She is a 1985 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center where she served on the Adjunct Faculty from 1992-2003 and taught courses in trial practice, ethics and, law in literature. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the DC Bar from 1997-2002. She is a member of the New York and DC bars and since 2003 has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Fordham Law School where she teaches a seminar on law in literature.
Matthew L.Guadagno is a partner in the law firm, Bretz &Coven, LLP. Mr. Guadagno has been practicing law since 1994. He specializes in deportation defense and federal litigation relating to immigration law. Mr. Guadagno supervises Bretz &Coven’s federal practice, as well as Bretz &Coven’s brief and motion practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has litigated immigration cases throughout the United States. Mr. Guadagno has argued numerous cases in the federal courts that have resulted in precedent decisions. Mr. Guadagno is regularly asked to speak at continuing legal education classes on topics relating to immigration law. Prior to working at Bretz &Coven, he spent three years performing volunteer work with Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Mr. Guadagno is a former instructor of the New York Paralegal School.
Dan Kesselbrenner is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes (Thomson-West Publishing) and numerous articles on immigration law. He is a recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Jack Wasserman Award, the National Immigration Project’s Carol King Award, and Central American Refugee Center’s Achievement Award for his work advancing and defending immigrants’ rights. He serves on the board of directors of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and is a member of the National Lawyers Guild.
Bryan Lonegan is an attorney in the Immigration Group at the Legal Aid Society of New York.
Angelo Paparelli is a State Bar of California “Certified Specialist” in Immigration and Nationality Law, and Managing Partner of Paparelli & Partners LLP, an Irvine, California firm of nine lawyers practicing exclusively in the field of U.S. immigration and nationality law. He is a nationally recognized speaker, published author and leading expert on cutting-edge business-related immigration issues. During his 25-year immigration career, Mr. Paparelli has received numerous honors and awards, including selection as the “World’s Leading Lawyer for Corporate Immigration Legal Expertise” in the 2005 edition of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He attained this honor by receiving more nominations from corporate counsel and peers in the course of research by the editors of The International Who’s Who than any other corporate immigration attorney. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America (1995-2005) and SuperLawyers.com (2004 and 2005) for his expertise in immigration law. In 2004, Paparelli co-founded and was elected President of the Academy of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). ABIL, a think-tank of 17 Managing Partners of immigration specialty law firms and Practice Group Leaders of larger firms throughout the United States, is dedicated to promoting best practices in immigration client service and law firm management.
Sunita Patel is an attorney in the Immigration Group at the Legal Aid Society of New York
Judy Rabinovitz is a senior staff counsel with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, where she has worked since 1988, litigating class action and impact cases on a variety of issues affecting the rights of immigrants. In recent years her work has focused largely on advocacy and litigation challenging immigration detention policies and practices. She played a leading role in the indefinite detention litigation that resulted in the Supreme Court's Zadvydas v. Davis decision, and in subsequent litigation to ensure application of that decision to indefinitely detained Mariel Cubans. In addition, she coordinated a nationwide litigation campaign to challenge the mandatory immigration detention statute that Congress enacted as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), culminating in Demore v. Kim, which she argued before the Supreme Court in 2003. She has twice received the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. For the past nine years she has served as an adjunct assistant professor of law at NYU Law School. She is also a member of the board of directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Laura Kelsey Rhodes has over 15 years of criminal defense experience in federal and state court and has conducted close to one hundred bench and jury trials in Maryland and Washington, D.C. In addition to her respected criminal defense work, she is responsible for ALBRIGHT & RHODES, LLC's distinguished immigration practice. Ms. Rhodes has developed unusual approaches to successfully challenge convictions in Maryland courts, thus enabling clients to avoid the immigration consequences of prior offenses. Her immigration practices focuses on the deportation, admissibility, and naturalization problems resulting from criminal charges and convictions. She has served as President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, and is a frequent speaker to attorneys and judges on the immigration consequences of crimes. Governor William Donald Schaefer appointed Ms. Rhodes to the Maryland Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, an appointment later renewed by Governor Parris Glendening. She also served on the Maryland Judicial Conference's Task Force on Interpreters in 1994-95, following an appointment by Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy. She has lived in Sudan, Brazil and Paraguay.
Manny Vargas is Senior Counsel with the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) of the New York State Defenders Association. A nationally known expert on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, he is the author of several legal resource materials for advocacy on behalf of immigrants accused of crimes, including Representing Noncitizen Criminal Defendants in New York State (4th ed, 2006). Mr. Vargas also provides training and immigration law backup assistance on criminal/immigration issues, and has participated in and supported litigation defending the legal rights of immigrants placed in removal proceedings based on criminal charges.
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Disclaimer: participation in this workshop does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers