NILA Webinars

NILA is committed to providing the immigration bar with high-quality, affordable webinars that combine comprehensive coverage of legal issues in immigration law and litigation with practical strategies. NILA staff present on webinars addressing topics on which they regularly litigate or provide strategic assistance. Other presenters on NILA webinars are selected for their topical expertise in the subject matter. Participants can expect to receive accompanying materials, such as the presentation slide deck, relevant practice advisories, or template pleadings.

UPCOMING NILA WEBINAR

Topic: Challenging USCIS Delays in Federal Court 
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2024  @ 3-4:30pm Eastern / 2-3:30pm Central / 12-1:30pm Pacific

Description:
The webinar will address how to challenge ever-growing, unreasonable USCIS delays. We will cover the elements of a delay claim under both the Administrative Procedure Act and the Mandamus Act, the factors that courts routinely look at when evaluating whether the agency’s delay is unreasonable, basic pleading requirements, and things to consider before filing a federal court delay lawsuit.

CLE Credit: Approved for 1.5 hours Texas CLE credit. Texas is an approved jurisdiction for several state bars. State bar requirements can be found here for New York, here for California, and here for Florida.

Presenters:
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Registration for this webinar is CLOSED.

NILA members receive discounted rates on webinars, unlimited strategic assistance for one year and prioritization for NILA’s pleading review and co-counseling programs. To learn more about the benefits of NILA membership and/or to JOIN NILA, CLICK HERE. Note that the National Immigration Litigation Alliance and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are separate and distinct organizations. Membership in AILA is not membership in NILA. If you are unsure if you are a NILA member, please email info@immigrationlitigation.org to ask before registering.

NILA Member Rate - $40

General Rate - $80

PAST NILA WEBINARS

Topic: Spanish for Immigration Lawyers

When: Thursday, April 11 @ 2-3:15pm Eastern / 1-2:15pm Central / 11-12:15pm Pacific

Description:  Spanish language skills play an important role in representing noncitizens who are native-Spanish speakers, allowing counsel to communicate directly with clients, verify translations and interpretations, and raise objections to errors in interpretation or translation. This webinar will address the advantages and responsibilities of Spanish proficiency/fluency in the immigration context, review key immigration-related vocabulary, offer strategic suggestions for addressing errors in translations and/or interpretations in before the immigration agencies and courts, and provide a list of resources for improving legal Spanish.

The webinar will be presented by Sylvia Novinsky, Director of the NC Pro Bono Resource Center and longtime adjunct professor of Spanish for American Lawyers, and experienced immigration attorneys, Jaime Fatás-Cabeza, Associate Professor of the Practice of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Arizona, Claudia Valenzuela, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Legal Defense, and Carlos Moctezuma García, Partner, García & García Attorneys at Law, PLLC

CLE Credit: Approved for 1 hour Texas CLE credit. Texas is an approved jurisdiction for several state bars. State bar requirements can be found here for New York, here for California, and here for Florida.

Presenters:
Sylvia Novinsky, Director, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center
Claudia Valenzuela
, Managing Attorney, Immigrant Legal Defense
Carlos Garcia, Partner, García & García Attorneys at Law, PLLC
Jaime Fatás-Cabeza, Assoc. Prof., Translation and Interpreting, Spanish and Portuguese Dept., Univ. of Arizona (Tucson), and U.S. Court Interpreter

Topic: Deposing Immigration Officials
When: Tuesday, February 13 @ 2-3pm Eastern / 1-2pm Central / 11-12pm Pacific

Description: The National Immigration Litigation Alliance invites you to join a webinar covering the fundamentals of taking depositions of
immigration officers. Attendees will learn how to prepare for and take depositions of law enforcement officers as well as immigration officials
providing testimony on behalf of an immigration agency. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of strategic considerations behind deposition
techniques and issues particular to remote depositions.

This webinar will be hosted by civil rights attorney Jonathan H. Feinberg and moderated by NILA fellow, Aidan Langston. Mr. Feinberg is an experienced civil rights and criminal defense litigator, an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and president of the National Police
Accountability Project. He regularly co-counsels and consults with public interest organizations and immigration attorneys, and currently represents several
mothers and children subjected to the Trump administration’s family separation policy. 

CLE Credit: Approved for 1 hour Texas CLE credit. 

Presenters:
Jonathan H. Feinberg, Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin
Aidan Langston
, Attorney Fellow, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Filing Administrative Claims for Abuse and Misconduct by Immigration Officers under the Federal Tort Claims Act

When:  Wednesday, November 8, 2023 @ 2:00-3:15 PM Eastern / 1:00-2:15 PM Central / 11:00 AM -12:15 PM Pacific

Description: A claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) enables recovery of money from the United States for abuse and misconduct by employees of federal agencies, including immigration officers. In this webinar, we will explain how to file an administrative claim with immigration agencies under the FTCA to both compensate victims and hold rogue immigration officers accountable for misconduct. We will also review the basics of litigating FTCA claims in federal court.

CLE Credit: Approved for 1.25 hours Texas CLE credit. 

Presenters  
Matt Adams, Legal Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Mary Kenney
, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Bhaktibhai-Patel and Beyond: Finality of Removal Orders When Petitioning for Review Over Cases Involving Reasonable Fear and Withholding-Only Proceedings 

When: Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 2:00-3:15 PM Eastern / 1:00-2:15 PM Central / 11:00 AM -12:15 PM Pacific

Description: Following the Supreme Court’s 2020 and 2021 decisions in Nasrallah v. Barr and Johnson v. Guzman-Chavez, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Bhaktibhai-Patel v. Garland which prompted the Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) to begin seeking to dismiss petitions for review (PFR) as untimely in cases involving reinstatement and § 238(b) orders where the PFR was filed at the conclusion of reasonable fear or withholding-only proceedings. Then, following the Supreme Court’s 2023 decision in Santos-Zacaria v. Garland, OIL began arguing that the 30-day PFR filing deadline is not jurisdictional but mandatory and that OIL could elect to waive it. Most recently, after the Second Circuit issued supplemental briefing orders in three cases, OIL reverted to its pre-Bhaktibhai-Patel position and is seeking reconsideration of that decision. Not surprisingly, in the wake of these Supreme Court decisions and OIL’s arguments, courts of appeals have ordered supplemental briefing and/or issued decisions addressing these developments. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and National Immigration Litigation Alliance have been actively involved in this litigation through amicus briefing, direct representation, and mentorship. We have been advocating in favor of finality at the conclusion of reasonable fear/withholding-only proceedings, equitable tolling of the PFR deadline, and the importance of judicial review of withholding and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims.

This webinar will address the issues and arguments related to these finality developments and present the state of law as it relates to each circuit court of appeals. In addition, the webinar will address how these developments may impact judicial review over INA § 240 removal proceedings where the Board of Immigration Appeals remands a case to the immigration judge for further proceedings on a withholding or CAT claim.

CLE Credit: Approved for 1.25 hours Texas CLE credit. 

Presenters:
Anand Balakrishnan, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Challenging USCIS Denials in District Court Under the APA

When: Wednesday, August 9, 2023 @ 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern / 12:00-1:30 PM Central / 10:00 AM-11:30- PM Pacific

Description: This webinar will address the nuts and bolts of a federal court challenge to USCIS decisions denying a petition/application for an immigration benefit under the Administrative Procedure Act. The panel will discuss the types of errors that can be challenged, basic requirements for complaints, standards for review, relief available, and what to expect after the complaint is filed.

CLE Credit: Approved for 1.5 hours Texas CLE credits. 

Presenters:
Edward Ramos, Partner, Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Stamp of Approval: Writing for Success with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

When: Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 1:00-2:15 PM Eastern / 12:00-1:15 PM Central / 10:00 AM-11:15 PM Pacific

Description: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicates nearly all immigration benefits applications, including affirmative asylum applications, specialized visa petitions, VAWA self-petitions, and parole applications. USCIS adjudicators, many of whom are not attorneys, are faced with an enormous and growing backlog of cases. To increase the chance of an approval, and decrease the chance of a Request for Evidence, written advocacy to USCIS should be concise, clear, and supported by documentary evidence.

The National Immigration Litigation Alliance in partnership with VECINA will present a webinar on how best to present a client’s case to USCIS adjudicators. The panelists will address how and where to find the law and/or policy guidance that governs a particular benefits application, how to craft compelling cover letters, how to frame legal arguments for non-attorney adjudicators, and best practices in drafting client declarations. The panelists also will touch on the differences between writing for USCIS adjudicators and the courts.

This webinar is meant for attorneys, accredited representatives, and paralegals who file benefits applications with USCIS.

Within 1 business day of registration and verification that the registrant is either a NILA member or current VECINA volunteer, registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Registration is CLOSED.

CLE Credit: Approved for Texas CLE credit (1.25 credits).

Presenters:
Jennie Guilfoyle, Legal Director, VECINA
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Santos-Zacaria and Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in Petitions for Review
When: Thursday, May 25, 2023 @ 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern / 1:00-2:00 PM Central / 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific

Description: In Santos-Zacaria v. Garland, the Supreme Court addressed 8 U.S.C. § 1252(d), the statutory exhaustion provision governing immigration petitions for review of removal orders. This webinar will address the holdings in the decision and the rationale behind them, as well as the distinction between statutory exhaustion and issue exhaustion before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

CLE Credit: No CLE credit.

Presenters:
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Chris Rickerd, Special Projects Advisor, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Keren Zwick, Director of Litigation, National Immigrant Justice Center

Topic: Filing, Appealing, and Litigating A-File and Immigration-Related FOIA Requests
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern / 1:00-2:30 PM Central / 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific

Description: This webinar will address how to file an individual immigration file (A-File) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as how to craft other, policy-related FOIA requests for filing with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies, USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The panelists will also cover whether, when, and what to include in an administrative appeal of a FOIA request. The webinar will conclude with an overview of the basics of filing FOIA complaints in federal court and what to expect after litigation has commenced.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar within 24 hours of registration. 

CLE Credit: Approved for Texas CLE credit (1.5 credits).

Presenters:
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Emily Creighton, Legal Director, Transparency, American Immigration Council
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

Topic: Challenging USCIS Delays in Federal Court 
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 2pm-3:30pm Eastern

Description: The webinar addressed how to challenge ever-growing, unreasonable USCIS delays. We covered the elements of a delay claim under both the Administrative Procedure Act and the Mandamus Act, the factors that courts routinely look at when evaluating whether the agency’s delay is unreasonable, basic pleading requirements, and things to consider before filing a federal court delay lawsuit.

CLE Credit: Approved for NY CLE credit.

Presenters:
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance

National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Inc.
Email: info@immigrationlitigation.org
Tel: (617) 819-4649

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