AILA South Florida's
42nd Annual CLE

February 24-26, 2021

Thursday, February 25

Day two Sponsored By:
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Thu, Feb 25 at 8:30 am EST
Housekeeping & General Announcements

Additional Sessions

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Thu, Feb 25 at 9:00 am EST
Federal Court Litigation: Challenging USCIS Denials of Employment-Based Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Petitions

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This panel will discuss the pros and cons of motions to reopen and appeals to the AAO versus immediately suing in District Court; basis for the Complaint: Injunctive Relief, the APA, and other causes of action; delays in  adjudication of cases; overcoming common hurdles and obstacles; discovery and summary judgment; attorneys’ fees; and updates on recent impact litigation.

Speakers: Jeff Joseph, Mark Prada and Rekha Sharma-Crawford.

Thu, Feb 25 at 12:00 pm EST
State of the Union; Civic Engagement & Battling Political Burnout

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Speaker: Ira Kurzban.

Intermediate/Advance Track One

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Thu, Feb 25 at 10:30 am EST
Back to Business as Usual? Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Employment-Based Petitions under President Biden

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This panel will explore newly developed hot topics in business immigration, including: executive orders related to business immigration since January 20, 2021; travel bans and exceptions; the state of U.S. embassies and consulates; border travel; visa bulletin; American Citizenship Act of 2021; and what else is on the horizon.

Speakers: Christine J. Alden, Farshad Owji and Rebeca Sanchez-Roig.

Thu, Feb 25 at 1:00 pm EST
Student Visa Issues

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This panel will discuss how to evaluate F-1 visa options, FOIAs/background checks/obtaining criminal documents; what it means to be enrolled in a full-time course of study; online courses; change of status (versus visa application); studies by minors; language schools (English only); and studying while in B status; port of entry issues; and CPT, OPT and STEM OPT.

Speakers: Oliver J. Langstadt, Jan Pederson and Gina Polo.

Thu, Feb 25 at 2:30 pm EST
Employer Compliance

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This panel will examine employment-based compliance, recent updates and the new administration, pre-COVID-19 and post COVID-19 compliance, and responding to audits/visits.

Speakers: Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, Allen Orr and Daphne M. Query.

Thu, Feb 25 at 4:00 pm EST
E-2 to LPR Strategies

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This panel will discuss E-2 to EB-5 best practices; I-140 multinational executives; labor certification; NIWs and extraordinary ability; and spouse immigration options as a work around for the family.  

Speakers: Luciana Zamith Fischer, Enrique Gonzalez and Charles H. Kuck.

Intermediate/Advance Track Two

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Thu, Feb 25 at 10:30 am EST
An Interactive Discussion with the Removal Defense Bar

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The panel will open with remarks about local and national trends in the practice area of Removal Defense and proceed to an interactive panel discussion where audience members ask questions in a Zoom format Q&A.
Please note some questions may not be able to be responded to during the panel.

Speakers: Matt Adams, Rebecca Sharpless and Michael Vastine.

Thu, Feb 25 at 1:00 pm EST
Everything Caliente In Asylum - Hot Topics, including Reg Changes, MPP, Remote Adj. Centers

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This panel will tackle breaking news on AG, BIA, and appellate decisions; the situation at the border; status update on the Trump administration’s regulations; EOIR policies impacting asylum seekers; and affirmative asylum processing and COVID-19.

Speakers: Zachary A. Albun, Florence Chamberlin, Dree K. Collopy and Kristie-Anne Padron.

Thu, Feb 25 at 2:30 pm EST
An Interactive Discussion with the Asylum Bar

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The panel will open with trends in procedural issues and what we still hope to see from the Biden administration; trends in detention related issues and what we still hope to see from the Biden administration; and trends in substantive asylum adjudications and what we still hope to see from the Biden administration. It will then proceed to an interactive discussion where audience members ask questions in a Zoom format Q&A. 
Please note some questions may not be able to be responded to during the panel.

Speakers: Blaine Bookey, Jocelyn Dyer and Honorable Denise Slavin.

Thu, Feb 25 at 4:00 pm EST
Don't Hold Back! Filing in Federal Court

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This panel will provide an overview of litigation considerations; litigating naturalization and FOIA cases; Habeas petitions; mandamuses; and attorney's fees. 

Speakers: Emily J. Creighton, Andrea Montavon-McKillip and Taymoor M. Pilehvar.

Bonus Technology Panel

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Thu, Feb 25 at 5:30 pm EST
Bonus Technology Panel

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This panel will cover how how to keep the communication flowing with clients when you can’t meet in person; ways to inspire, engage, and supervise staff remotely; remote-friendly legal research tools and immigration software; supervising staff; working with clients virtually; and technology that helps.

Speakers: Charity Anastasio and Jeffrey A. Devore.