Tuesday, May 10, 2022

2022 Annual Pre-AILA Crimes & Immigration Seminar

Join the National Immigration Project of National Lawyers Guild's Annual Pre-AILA Crimes & Immigration Seminar on Tuesday and Wednesday June 14-15. I spy immprofs Maureen Sweeney & Linus Chan in the lineup! Full schedule is below. Online (registration fee $150 and up; more info here).

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

11:45am - 12:00pm: Welcome

12:00pm - 1:30pm: The Categorical Approach and Recent Developments

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

This session will cover how advocates can make the most of the categorical approach methodology in their defense of immigrants with convictions. We will cover key features of the categorical and modified categorical approaches.


  • Nadia Anguiano-Wehde, Asst. Visiting Professor of Clinical Law, University of Minnesota
  • Maureen Sweeney, Law School Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, NIPNLG Board Member 

1:30pm - 2:00pm: Break 

2:00pm- 3:15pm:  Winning Post- Conviction Relief   

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

This session will present a conceptual and procedural framework for obtaining post-conviction (PCR) relief that is effective in immigration proceedings, including the legal standards governing whether PCR orders are effective in the immigration context.


  • Norton Tooby, Law Offices of Norton Tooby
  • Matthew Vogel, Senior Staff Attorney, NIPNLG

3:15pm - 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm: Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMTs) can be difficult to understand with any precision. And yet, courts routinely find all manner of criminal offenses to be CIMTs, with significant ramifications for clients. This session will examine what CIMTs are, where they’ve come from, and where they’re going to help advocates better prepare for and defend against CIMT allegations.


  • Khaled Alrabe, Senior Staff Attorney, NIPNLG
  • Tanika Vigil, Consulting Attorney, NIPNLG


11:45am - 12:00pm: Welcome

12:00pm - 1:15pm: Pushing Back on Discretionary Denials   

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

Immigration adjudicators regularly deny relief as a matter of discretion for applicants with involvement in the criminal legal system, particularly when such involvement is not serious enough to outright disqualify them for relief. This session will discuss creative strategies to prevent discretionary denials based on criminal legal system involvement as well as ways to address them in the appellate context. 


  • Linus Chan, Assoc. Clinical Professor of Law and Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Norton Tooby, Law Offices of Norton Tooby

1:15pm - 1:45pm: Break

1:45pm - 3:00pm: Strategies to Fight "Reason to Believe" Drug Trafficking   

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

This session will discuss the "reason to believe" drug trafficking ground of inadmissibility as well as as its ramifications and develop strategies for fighting such findings.


  • Karla Ostolaza, Deputy Director, Immigration Practice, The Bronx Defenders
  • Francisco Ugarte, Manager, Immigration Defense Unit, San Francisco Public Defender's Office

3:00pm - 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm: Recent Developments at the BIA and Circuit Courts  

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

Both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the various federal Circuit Courts of Appeals have recently seen developments at the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. This session will explore some of those developments and their implications.


  • Rebecca Scholtz, Senior Staff Attorney, NIPNLG
  • Ben Winograd, Immigrant & Refugee Appellate Center


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