AILA South Florida's
42nd Annual CLE

February 24-26, 2021

Wednesday, February 24

Day one Sponsored By:
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8:30 am EST
Keynote Speech and Hot Topics Update

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Overview

Introductory remarks from AILA South Florida President, Maggie Arias, and CLE Administration Committee Chair, Anabel Nataros. 

Keynote Speech from Jennifer A. Minear. 

Hot Topics Panel will provide status updates on local and national detention, ICE check-ins, stays, and practice pointers; February 1st guidance, interpretation and implementation, impact on case engagement with ICE ERO and OPLA; immigration court changes and trends based on case flow processing, ECAS, scheduling orders, ICPM and policy manual; H-1B/DOL regulations; visa bans; biometrics and receipt delays with USCIS, national trends at Field Offices; executive actions implemented and expected from the Biden administration; immigration legislation, including the Biden Day 1 bill; review of the status of key Trump regulations; and AILA’s top priorities for executive action.

Speakers: Gregory Chen, Sui Chung, Kari Ann Fonte and Maggie Arias (Facilitator).

Intermediate/Advanced

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10:30 am EST
What’s New in Naturalization? Citizenship Update and Trends (Hot Topics Only!)

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Overview

This panel will explore the benefits of U.S. citizenship; updates on USCIS interview and ceremony processing times; good moral character requirement; false claim to U.S. citizenship and voting; criminal history; preserving residence; improper adjustment of status or acquisition of LPR status; and terminating removal proceedings.

Speakers: Vanessa Joseph, A. Renée Pobjecky and John Pratt.

1:00 pm EST
Complicated Adjustment of Status/Parole Issues

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Overview

This panel will discuss developments in executive actions of the White House and the comprehensive immigration reform bill; TPS; Cubans; USCIS post-COVID procedures and their effect on right to counsel; I-212s; filing adjustments with a B extension pending; and navigating common grounds of inadmissibility.

Speakers: Miriam Acosta-Castriz, Randolph P. McGrorty and Jennifer Vargas.


2:30 pm EST
Consular Updates

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Overview

This panel will examine the current scope of operations at U.S. consulates and embassies throughout the world; the current status of visa issuances and travel bans; the public charge rules; and SB-1 returning resident visas. 

Speakers:  Jacob L. Ratzan, Sandra Sheridan and Helena Tetzeli.

4:00 pm EST
USCIS and Consular Waivers: 212(d)(3), 601s, I-212s, I-192, and I-193

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Overview

This panel will discuss USCIS and consular waivers, including: 212(d)(3), 601s, I-212s, I-192, and I-193.

Speakers: Bridgette Bennett, Alexandra Friz-Garcia and Francisco "Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra.

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Fundamentals

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10:30 am EST
Introduction to Immigration Law! Who gets Placed in Removal and Why? Challenging NTAs and I-213

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This panel will provide an overview of representation of non-citizens in criminal court; post-conviction relief; and challenging NTAs and I-213s.

Speakers: Romy Lerner, John Opaciuch and Ada Pozo.

1:00 pm EST
Forms of Relief in Removal Proceedings

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This panel will cover forms of relief in removal proceedings, including: termination/challenging of the NTA, post-conviction relief, relief for LPRs, and relief for non-LPRs.

Speakers: Juan Carlos Gomez, Ruben L. Reyes, Adonia R. Simpson and Cassandra Suprin.

2:30 pm EST
Introduction to Crimes Analysis

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Overview

This panel will review grounds of removability and inadmissibility; how a client ends up in immigration court, how to analyze and attack an NTA; detention and bond; and how to prepare for immigration court. 

Speakers: John Gihon, Mary Kramer and Kelli Stump.

4:00 pm EST
Introduction of Evidence and Building a Record for BIA Appeals

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Overview

This panel will tackle appeals, submitting and excluding evidence in immigration court, witness testimony, and evidentiary issues in practice. 

Speakers: Maggie Arias, Kevin A. Gregg and Linda Osberg-Braun.

Bonus Ethics Panel

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5:30 pm EST
Bonus Ethics Panel

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Overview

This panel will address potential fraud in marriage-based adjustment or consular processing cases, third-party/family members payors; and delegation of work to non-lawyer staff.

Speakers: Marcela Gyires, Reid F. Trautz and Dahlia Walker-Huntington.