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Conquering The Tsunami: Employer Enforcement Hot Topics

Speakers: Cynthia J. Lange, Amy C. Cococcia, Robert C. Divine, Marielena Hincapie, Parisa K. Karaahmet, Katherine Lotspeich, Tyler Moran, Michael Patrick, Patrick Shen (DOJ), Robin Stutman (DOJ) and Jacqueline C. Wolff

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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. MCLE Credits for CA & TX .


FIRST Phone Session on December 20th: Practical Aspects of E-verify, State Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Preemption

  • How does E-verify work and how does an employer decide to participate?
  • Which states have passed Employer Sanctions legislation and what do the laws cover?
  • Are employees outside the state subject to the rules?
  • Has there been any enforcement action and what role does Federal preemption play?

SECOND Phone Session on January 24th: Developing Company Policy in light of the New I-9, No Match Letter controversy, OSC and ICE investigations and workers rights

  • The New I-9 form and reduced documents
  • How has the No-match litigation and the government's response affected employer's "constructive knowledge"
  • How should employers/workers respond to a mistaken no match triggered by basic pilot or Social Security
  • What are the recent investigations and charges is OSC involved in?
  • Do employers have responsibility to protect individual worker's rights in anticipating federal enforcement programs?

THIRD Phone Session on February 7th: ICE Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution - What every employer needs to know

  • Case stories of ICE enforcement actions
  • What can you do to prepare?
  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
Citations for Session 1        Citations for Session 2


Cynthia J. Lange (Discussion Leader), is a graduate of Brigham Young University (B.A., 1981) Phi Kapa Phi Honor Society; and Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1985) Moot Court Honors Program Board of Governors. Ms. Lange has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law, from 1988 to present. She is a frequent lecturer on immigration law and has written articles on business immigration law matters for numerous publications. Ms. Lange was formerly a Trial Attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and heads the Firm's IRCA Compliance Practice Group. Ms. Lange is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chairperson. National Employer Sanctions Committee, 1988-1990), the Century City Bar Association (Chairperson of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, 1989-1994), the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immigration Law Section and Board of Governors (1994-1999), and Co-Chairperson of Practising Law Institute (Annual Immigration Institute, 1998 to present).

Amy C. Cococcia, Partner-Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; New York. Tufts University (B.A., 1993); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1998). Ms. Cococcia is admitted to the bar in the states of New York and New Jersey and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, U.S. Supreme Court. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Foreign Law Association. Ms. Cococcia has been a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York since 1998, and served on the International Human Rights Committee from 2001-2004. She is also a member of the First Decade Committee of the Federal Bar Council. In law school, Ms. Cococcia served on the Journal of Law and Policy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society's Philip C. Jessup International Law Team. She is a member of the firm's Corporate Compliance Committee. Ms. Cococcia frequently lectures on business immigration topics including Employer Sanctions and Form I-9 Compliance. She is proficient in French.

Robert C. Divine is the Chairman of the Immigration Group of Baker Donelson, a law firm of 450 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 13 cities including Washington, D.C. Mr. Divine served in Washington, D.C. from July 2004 until November 2006 as the first Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the world's largest immigration services agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From July 2005 until July 2006, he served as Acting Director and then Acting Deputy Director of USCIS. He is the author of Immigration Practice, a 1,600 page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law that is revised and reprinted annually to reflect the law's constant changes. He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and has been a leader in the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has also litigated significant business matters, including class action employment discrimination, contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, business torts (including RICO, misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act), and immigration-related criminal matters.

Marielena Hincapie, director of programs & staff attorney, Los Angeles office. As NILC's director of programs, Ms. Hincapie manages the employment, public benefits, and immigration work of the organization. She also specializes in protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant workers. She writes articles and policy analyses, provides technical assistance, and presents trainings to legal and social service providers, labor unions, and community-based organizations. In addition, she litigates law reform and impact cases dealing with the intersection of immigration and employment/labor law. Before joining NILC, she worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco's Employment Law Center, where she founded the center's Immigrant Worker's Rights Project. Ms. Hincapie holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Parisa Kazemian Karaahmet, artner-Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, New York. Syracuse University (B.A., 1991); Catholic University Law School (J.D., 1994 with honors). Ms. Karaahmet is admitted to practice in Maryland and New York. Prior to joining Fragomen, she served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration & Naturalization Service, New York District. At Fragomen, Ms. Karaahmet leads a team that specializes in individual and complex immigration matters and she manages a number of corporate accounts. She is also a member of the Firm's Corporate Compliance advisory group. Ms. Karaahmet is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Council, and the American Foreign Lawyers Association. She is also a Faculty Member/Presenter for the Judicial Institute at Pace University, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on a variety of immigration topics such as employer sanctions, I-9 compliance, and criminal immigration issues. Ms. Karaahmet is proficient in Farsi and French.

Katherine Lotspeich is the Acting Chief for the Verification Division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security. At USCIS, she has worked for the Office of Citizenship on the revision of the citizenship test. Before joining USCIS, Ms. Lotspeich was a Research Associate at the Urban Institute's Immigration Studies Program. Prior to working on immigration issues, she managed an academic exchange program for Russian students, working for the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC and the American Councils for International Education in Russia. Ms. Lotspeich holds a B.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a M.A. in policy studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Tyler Moran is the Employment Policy Director for the National Immigration Law Center in Boise, ID.

Patrick Shen was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 4, 2007 to be Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Previous to this appointment, Mr. Shen was Director of Government Relations at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. Mr. Shen began his legal career through the Attorney General's Honor Program, and has served in the Justice Department in the capacities of law clerk for the United States Immigration Court, Assistant District Counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, and trial attorney in the Office of Immigration Litigation of the Civil Division. In addition, Mr. Shen was Chief Immigration Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 108th Congress, and Director of Policy and Planning at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Shen received his B.A. in International Relations and J.D. from Brigham Young University.

Robin M. Stutman is presently Special Litigation Counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Special Counsel enforces the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Previously, Ms. Stutman was a litigator at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti. Prior to practicing at Venable, Ms. Stutman was a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where she defended and enforced the programs and actions of various government agencies. Ms. Stutman attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she received her B.A. degree in Political Science. She then attended the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she received her J.D. degree. Ms. Stutman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the California State Bar. Most recently, Ms. Stutman successfully completed the U.S. Department of Justice's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, and earned a Certificate of Executive Qualifications for the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service.

Michael Patrick, Partner - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; New York. Syracuse University (B.A., cum laude, 1975); Hofstra University (J.D., 1978). At Hofstra, Mr. Patrick served as Associate Editor on the Hofstra Law Review, was President of the Law Fellows Program, and received the "Service to the School" Award upon graduation. Prior to joining Fragomen as a partner in 1990, Mr. Patrick was a founding partner of Campbell, Patrick & Chin (1986-1990) and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Immigration Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1981-1986), where he represented the Immigration and Naturalization Service, State Department, Department of Labor and other federal agencies in the federal courts. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Patrick was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for The City of New York (1978-1981). At the firm, Mr. Patrick is Co-Chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee; he has led the representation of many companies during government audits and investigations. Mr. Patrick also serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Legal Practice Committee. A widely published author in the immigration field, Mr. Patrick writes a bimonthly immigration column in The New York Law Journal and is a frequent speaker on immigration topics before Bar Associations, international trade organizations and human resource groups. Mr. Patrick is also actively involved in the immigration law community, having served as Chair of the Federal Bar Association's Immigration Law Section (1989-1992), Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (1993-94), Co-Chair of AILA's 1993 Mid-Year Program on Employment-Based Immigration, and is a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committees of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) and the New York County Lawyers' Association.

Jacqueline Wolff is resident in New York office of Covington & Burling LLP. A former Assistant United States Attorney, and member of the White Collar, Trial, and Pharmaceutical Investigations Groups, her practice focuses on defending corporations and individuals accused of securities fraud, FCPA violations, healthcare fraud, FDCA violations, tax crimes, and other federal regulation-based crimes and assisting corporations in designing and implementing compliance programs. Ms. Wolff has extensive experience representing major corporations in the financial services and the pharmaceutical industries. She also has conducted numerous internal investigations and assisted in designing audit and compliance programs to address weaknesses in corporate systems.


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