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Citizenship For Experts

Speakers: Elaine Witty, Lindsay A. Curcio, Carmen DiPlacido, David Grunblatt, Charla Haas, Terrence L. Olsen, and other speakers to be announced

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in CA, TX and other states (click here for more details).


FIRST Phone Session on July 22:

  • Applicant claimed in writing and orally to be a USC Ė now, what do I do?
  • CCA
  • Arrests/Convictions
    • For misdemeanor offenses
    • For a felony offense
    • Probation/community service
  • Good Moral Character
    • What is it ?
    • Does my client have it?
    • What does my client have to do to get it?
  • Failure to pay taxes
    • Claiming to be a nonresident for tax purposes
    • Using someone elseís name and/or SSN for tax purposes
  • Voting issues
  • Party affiliations
  • Giving money to organizations that are on the State Department List of Terrorist Organizations
  • Giving money to organizations that are later added to the State Department List of Terrorist Organization
  • Denaturalization
  • Extensive travel outside the US
  • Policy issues about the new citizenship test
  • Processing times
  • Homebound appointments/fingerprinting

SECOND Phone Session on August 12:

  • N-336: What is it? Does my client need it?
  • Addressing False Claims to US Citizenship
  • N-648 and Mental Capacity Issues
  • The Child Citizenship Act and Citizenship via Adoption

THIRD Phone Session on September 2:

  • How to figure out if your client is a USC through derivation or acquisition
    • Born abroad to a USC father
    • Born out of wedlock to a USC father
    • Legitimization
  • Military naturalization cases:
    • what are the requirements?
    • Form N-426
    • How to get thee cases expedited?
    • Posthumous USC (N-644)

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Citations for Session 3


Elaine Witty (Discussion Leader) is founding partner of Witty Law Group, PLLC located in New York City. She is former Senior Counsel to AV rated national immigration law firm Siskind Susser in Memphis, TN. Ms. Witty is past Executive Director of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs at the Human Resources Administration under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. She also served as Director of Legal Affairs for Citizenship New York City, a mayoral citizenship initiative, developed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Ms. Witty is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Federal Bar Associationís Immigration Law Section and Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Committee. She is past Chapter Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Witty is the recipient of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono Award in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of low-income Brooklynites. Ms. Witty has taught immigration law seminars at New York Law School, City University of New York, City Bar Association, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law and Labor Law Sections, and the American Immigration Lawyers Associationís National, Mid-South Chapter, New York Chapter, and Rome District Chapter Conferences. She is the author of numerous articles on immigration law including: overview of immigration law, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, religious worker eligibility, and immigration law for the family law practitioner. Ms. Witty is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women. She is admitted to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee. Ms. Witty is admitted to the Federal Courts: the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Western District of Tennessee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and, the United States Supreme Court. Her practice areas include employment based immigration, litigation and deportation defense, family based immigration with a specialty in waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization and derivative citizenship, and religious worker cases. She can be reached at

Lindsay A. Curcio has been practicing immigration law since 1990, and has had her own practice in Brooklyn, New York since 2000. Lindsay has been an adjunct professor at New York Law School since 2002. She teaches the immigration law survey course and the advanced immigration law seminar. She is Co-Director of the Safe Passage Immigration Project at the Justice Action Center of New York Law School. Safe Passage coordinates pro bono representation for juveniles with immigration issues. It also provides training about special immigrant juvenile status to volunteer attorneys and students. Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Northwestern University, a juris doctor degree from Chicago Kent College of Law and a master's degree in business administration from Fordham University.

Carmen DiPlacido is an immigration attorney in Arlington, VA.

David Grunblatt is head of the Immigration & Nationality Group in the Labor & Employment Law Department, residing in the Newark office. He has extensive experience counseling clients regarding all types of immigration law issues and guides corporations as to their policies and programs to facilitate hiring and transferring of foreign nationals and international personnel, using the full array of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories. David is an established authority on the I-9 program, the other recordkeeping and compliance programs necessitated under Immigration and Nationality Law, and complex immigration issues resulting from mergers, acquisitions and other corporate changes. For 30 years he has advised corporations, high-net-worth individuals and not-for-profit organizations on personal immigration issues, including family immigration, exclusion and removal [deportability], U.S. investment and tax-related immigration matters.Having served as counsel to several significantly known financial institutions such as HSBC, among others, his knowledge and breadth of experience has enabled him to become an expert in training, developing and supervising teams of lawyers and legal assistants. Prior to joining Proskauer, David was a partner and head of the corporate immigration practice for Wildes, Weinberg, Grunblatt & Wildes, P.C., where he practiced for over 20 years. Within the legal community, David is known as a leader, having held a number of leadership positions in the immigration and nationality law bar. He lectures and writes extensively on the subject of immigration and nationality law for many nationally known seminars and publications. He can be reached at

Charla Haas is an immigration attorney in Nashville, TN.

Terrence L. Olsen is the founder of Olsen Law Firm, created a law firm that built upon and expanded the practice he started at a local law firm in Chattanooga. Mr. Olsen received his B.A., with honors, from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University and is a published poet. He received his law degree from William and Mary School of Law where he was a member of the William and Mary Law Review. Mr. Olsen is actively involved with several legal and professional associations in the community and state. Mr. Olsen is the Chair of the Tennessee Bar Associationís Immigration Law Section, and is a member of the American Immigration Law Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association. Mr. Olsen was also the Chairman of the World Trade Society of Chattanooga and has hosted trade delegations to the Chattanooga area from countries such as China, Russia and South Korea. In 2002, 2003, and 2004, Mr. Olsen traveled to Taiwan on behalf of the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, and has established an economic relationship between PingTung Taiwan and Chattanooga. Mr. Olsen has been an active member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Alumni Leadership Council, and Leadership Chattanooga. Mr. Olsen is an instructor of Bryan Collegeís MBA Program and an adjunct instructor of Chattanooga State Community Collegeís Immigration Paralegal course. Mr. Olsen has given immigration law lectures to international students and advisors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Southern Adventist University, Bryan College, and Dalton State College. Mr. Olsen has regularly been invited to be a speaker for immigration issues on TV, radio, and local and international newspapers. He can be reached at


  • 50% discount to attorneys working for a non-profit organization, including educational institutions
  • 50% discount to any attorney employed by any government agency
  • 50% discount to an attorney who is unemployed
  • 50% discount to attorneys with newly started attorney practices (within first 6 months of creation)
  • 50% discount to law students

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Includes all three dates
Audio Streaming forThur, Jul 22, 2010 (60 Minutes)
Audio Streaming for Thur, Aug 12, 2010 (60 Minutes)
Audio Streaming for Thur, Sep 2, 2010 (60 Minutes)

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