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Mechanics of Immigration Court Part 3: The Individual Calendar/Merits Hearing

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Date:  March 17,  2022 12:00-1:15 pm ET 
Time:  12:00 p.m. ET (75 minutes)
Format: Free Webinar

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.

Join the ABA Commission on Immigration for a FREE three-part series on the Mechanics of Immigration Court.  This series covers the nuts and bolts of how to practice in immigration court.  Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the Master Calendar Hearing and Filing Applications for Relief,  and includes reviewing the Notice to Appear, getting your client’s case file, how to prepare for the Master Calendar Hearing and what to expect, and common forms of relief.  Part 2 explores corroboration, preparing witnesses, and working with experts.  Topics to be covered include gathering evidence and the REAL ID Act, and how to put together country conditions reports, prepare credible witnesses, and use experts.  Part 3 focuses on the Individual Merits Hearing and includes tips and strategies for preparing for the hearing, how to advocate with OPLA and conduct prehearing discussions, best practices for WebEx and Open Voice hearings, a roadmap of how to conduct an individual hearing, and how to preserve the record for appeal.

Panelists include expert immigration attorneys and a former immigration judge who will be sharing invaluable tips and insights.  This webinar is designed for pro bono attorneys and immigration practitioners who are new to immigration law, or for anyone who wants to brush up on their practical skills.

Panelists for Part III:
• Hon. Ilyce Shugall, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Legal Defense and Senior Counsel in the Immigration Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, previously served as an Immigration Judge in San Francisco

• Amelia McGowan, Senior Attorney/Testing Coordinator at the Mississippi Center for Justice, Adjunct Professor and Immigration Clinic Director at Mississippi College School of Law

• Michelle Mendez, Director of Legal Resources and Training at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

  • Part 1: Master Calendar Hearing and Filing Applications for Relief.  February 10, 2022, from 12-1:15pm Eastern.  WATCH HERE.
  • Part 2: Corroboration, Preparing Witnesses and Working with Experts.  February 22, 2022, from 12-:15pm Eastern.  WATCH HERE.
  • Part 3:  The Individual Calendar/Merits Hearing.  March 17, 2022, from 12-1:15pm.  WATCH HERE.

This event is co-sponsored by: ABA Young Lawyers DivisionCenter for Pro Bono , Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

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