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Fall 2019 Conference: Jamaica

November 7, 2019 - November 9, 2019

$225 – $400
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Join us in Jamaica for the AILA TX/NM/OK Chapter's Fall Conference!

Visit https://www.classicvacations.com/gr/2019aila/gateway for detailed conference information. (Invitation Code: TexasAILA)

Where: The beautiful Azul Beach Resort Negril By Karisma in Jamaica.



*Speakers pending acceptance of invitation.

Friday, November 8, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration

8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome by Chapter Chair Lance Curtright

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. “I didn’t shoot the Sheriff, but I cannot be released from custody”
This panel will address detention issues in removal proceedings.

  • Bond issues after Matter of M-S- and Nielsen v. Preap.
  • When should you file a request for your client to be released on parole.
  • When/how to file a habeas—practical issues
    • Pre-final order of removal
    • Post final order
  • Speakers:
    • Michelle Edstrom
    • Kelli Stump
    • Belinda Arroyo

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  “This is My Message to you: Don’t Worry About Denying Every-Thing.”
This panel will address representing clients in immigration court in the Trump era.

  • When and how to contest a notice to appear
  • Pereira issues
  • Discovery issues in removal proceedings
  • How to preserve your difficult removal proceeding for federal court review
  • Are the never-ending changes in immigration
  • Speakers:
    • David Armendariz
    • Hussein Saddrudin
    • Amanda Waterhouse

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Everything Little Thing is Definitely Not Alright in Asylum Proceedings
This panel will cover all the most recent developments in asylum law.

  • How to construct PSGs in light of recent changes;
  • How to Handle the Migration Protection Protocols;
  • Options for UACs in Removal Proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile status and/or asylum, including the new issues affecting SIJ Petitions(RFE/NOIDS)
  • Speakers:
    • Katie Goldfinch
    • Justin Tullius
    • John Moore

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Special address from Jamaican immigration agency

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch / Chapter meeting

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. “Could you be loved, then be loved.”
This panel will address issues pertaining to marriage-based visa petitions and complicated issues on 751 petitions.

  • *Dealing with 751 delays
  • *Filing for naturalization during 751 delays
  • *Difficult marriage issues in removal proceedings
  • Speakers:
    • Irene Mugambi

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. “I don’t want to wait in vain for your love . . . er, decision”
This panel will discuss USCIS’s delays, insane requests for evidence, and notices of intent to deny.

  • Best practices for dealing with the agency;
  • When to file a lawsuit;
  • Speakers:
    • Jackie Watson
    • Maggie Murphy
    • Neena Dutta

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. “This is not love, not love, not love that I’m feeling”
This panel will discuss recurring issues at consular posts, including:

  • * Changes in the public charge ground
  • * How to handle the requirement to disclose social media handles
  • * What if your client has nasty tattoos?
  • * What to do about your provisional case now that administrative closure is not available?
  • Speakers:
    • Marisol Perez
    • Michelle Edstrom

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. If Bob Marley was a lawful permanent resident, could he naturalize

This panel will discuss issues including:

  • How to handle the pot-user from Colorado who wants to naturalize?
  • Dealing with delays.
  • Tax issues affecting naturalization.
  • Other
  • Speakers:
    • Olsa Cano
    • Magali Candler

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - “Let’s get ethical and feel alright.”
This panel will handle ethics in Immigration Law, including:

  • *what do to if your client lies to you;
  • *when you are required to file a grievance;
  • *Managing your office in an ethical way
  • Speakers:
    • Debra Rodriguez
    • Lance Curtright

9:30 a.m. – 10: 30 a.m. No H1B, no cry?
This panel will address employment based issues including:

  • *Alternates for employment authorization when your client doesn’t make theH-1B lottery;
  • *Worksite enforcement
  • *NTAs issued to your EB clients?
  • *CBP errs in admitting clients because they do not understand automatic re-validation
  • *FLAG system for prevailing wage determinations;
  • Speakers:
    • Kevin Lashus
    • Faye Kolly

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 PERM and AOS/EB-2 v EB-3 strategies

  • Speakers:
    • Sujata Ajmera
    • Angelica Grado-Wright
    • Gayle Oshrin

11:45-12:45 I-9, E-Verify, SSA No-Match, and Worksite

  • Speakers:
    • Kevin Lashus
    • Amy Peck
    • Kari Konikowski Blackman


Register below:


November 7, 2019
November 9, 2019
$225 – $400
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