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Family Matters - Hot Issues In Family Immigration

Speakers: Angie Junck, Katherine Brady, Jennifer Guilfoyle, Regina Jefferies, Joren Lyons, Joseph Reina, Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on August 28: Obtaining Permanent Residence in Spite of a Conviction

  • Effect of aggravated felony conviction
  • What is a crime involving moral turpitude
  • What is the petty offense exception
  • Obtaining a 212(h) waiver
  • Effect of expungement, vacation of judgment
  • Drug convictions and delinquency dispositions

SECOND Phone Session on September 18: How to Get Around the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Prepare a Winning Waiver of Inadmissibility in Family Immigration Cases

  • Common Grounds of Inadmissibility & Waivers
    1. Misrepresentation
    2. Document Fraud
    3. False Claims to U.S. Citizenship
    4. Unlawful Voting
    5. Inadmissible at Time of Admission
    6. Smuggling
    7. Unlawful Presence
    8. 212(a)(9)(C)
    9. Reinstatement of Removal
  • What is Extreme Hardship?
  • Hardship Factors - Framework for Approaching Your Case
    1. Family Separation
    2. Hardship to Children
    3. Medical Conditions
    4. Bringing in hardship to non-statutory relatives
    5. Conditions in Home Country
    6. Community Ties
    7. Adding it up
    8. Documenting Your Case

THIRD Phone Session on October 2: Affidavits of Support

  • Documentation requirements
  • USC sponsors not residing in the U.S.
  • Household members
  • Calculating assets
  • Joint sponsors and requirements
  • Enforcement issues—use of affidavit of support in family support cases
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Angie Junck (Discussion Leader) is Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Ms. Junck joined the ILRC in 2005 as a New Voices Fellow and became a staff attorney in 2007. She works on the relationship between immigration and criminal law and is a co-author of ILRC's publication, Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit: The Impact of Crimes under California and Other State Laws. Her efforts to mitigate the difficult immigration consequences for criminal convictions of immigrants is at the core of the ILRC's Defending Immigrants Project to assist public defenders and the Immigrant Justice Network, a project to build a movement to shift public perception of immigrants in the criminal justice system. Angie is a co-chair of the Detention Watch Network's Public Awareness Committee and is on the Advisory Board of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Prior to joining the ILRC, she worked on post-conviction relief for immigrants at the Law Offices of Norton Tooby and advocated on behalf of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as the co-coordinator of Free Battered Women and a member of the Habeas Project. She is a proficient Spanish speaker.

Katherine Brady is Senior Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Ms. Brady has been at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center since 1987. She is a renowned expert in the intersection between criminal and immigration law. She is the primary author of Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit (formerly California Criminal Law and Immigration), a 1400-page treatise on the immigration consequences of the impact of state crimes in Ninth Circuit states, and for many years was co-author of the section on defending noncitizens in the widely-used CEB manual California Criminal Law – Procedure and Practice. She also authored the Quick Reference Chart and Notes on the Immigration Consequences of California Offenses and the Quick Reference Chart and Notes for Arizona offenses to help criminal defenders effectively represent their noncitizen clients.

Jennie Guilfoyle, the Southeast region Field Office Attorney provides training and technical support on immigration law and program management to members of CLINIC’s network. Prior to joining CLINIC, she provided training and technical support to Church World Service’s nationwide network of refugee resettlement and immigration legal service providers for four years. Before that, she worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the New York Association for New Americans, where she represented asylum and VAWA applicants. She has a JD New York University School of Law and an AB from Harvard College.

Regina Jefferies is partner in the firm of Thomas & Jefferies and practicing soley in the field of immigration and nationality law. Regina Jefferies has experience in both employment-and family-based immigration, including adjustment of status, naturalization, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and work authorization applications. Ms. Jefferies is the former manager of the immigration services program at Friendly House, a non-profit, social services agency in Phoenix. At Friendly House, she was responsible for overseeing the immigration program, providing full legal services to clients and conducting outreach and Educational seminars.

Joren Lyons is a staff attorney with the Asian Law Caucus’ Immigrant Rights Project, and the weekly supervising attorney for the volunteer-run Asian Community Immigration Clinic. Prior to joining the Law Caucus he interned at the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project, served for two years as a staff research attorney at the San Francisco Immigration Court, and practiced law with Angela Bean & Associates, where he focused on family-based immigration, immigration and crimes, deportation defense, asylum, and naturalization. At Asian Law Caucus he has represented hundreds of clients in removal and family visa work. He has conducted several trainings on immigration law and deportation defense for the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the National Lawyers’ Guild, and the Bar Association of San Francisco, as has been active in policy advocacy.

Joseph Reina practices immigration law exclusively. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and serves on the Board's Immigration and Nationality Law Examination Committee. His peers have ranked him among the five best immigration lawyers of Texas in a survey conducted and published by The Texas Lawyer. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America consecutively since 2003, and among Texas Monthly's “Super Lawyers” in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Mr. Reina has successfully represented hundreds of clients resisting deportation, including the alien in the precedent-setting case, Matter of Deanda-Romo, decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2003. He has published over twenty-five articles on immigration law, including “Hyperequities”: 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal After Matter of Jean , 7 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 1549 (Dec. 15, 2002), and “Hyperequities” II: The Removal Case in Detention , published by the University of Texas School of Law. He has been recognized and qualified as an expert on immigration law by federal and state courts and has rendered expert testimony on immigration law.

Debbie Smith is the Project Director for the Immigration Advocates Network, a division of CLINIC. Debbie is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in non-profit, private and public sector practice. Most recently, Debbie was a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. She was also a partner at the San Francisco immigration law firm, Simmons & Ungar, a staff attorney at International Institute of the East Bay, and the national coordinator of the landmark American Baptist Churches ("ABC") class action settlement.

Charles Wheeler is a senior attorney with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) in San Francisco. CLINIC provides training, technical support, analysis, and legal reference materials for diocesan immigration programs and other nonprofit agencies throughout the United States. CLINIC's network of 153 community-based immigration programs in 260 office locations employs roughly 600 attorneys and accredited representatives who, in turn, represent more than 100,000 immigrants each year. CLINIC also advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants at the local level by providing direct representation and impact litigation, and at the national level through administrative advocacy. Prior to joining CLINIC, Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, which serves a similar function. He has been specializing in immigration law and aliens' rights issues for 25 years. He is considered an expert in several aspects of immigration law. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland School of Law.


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