San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL
CLE CREDITS including ETHICS
To Post Credits:
A certificate of attendance will be provided
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014
7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
Antonio Revilla, Esq., President, South Florida AILA, Miami, Fl
8:15 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
Plenary Session - Overview of Recent Developments in Employment Based Visas
-Developments in Immigrant Visa Processing
-Trends in Adjudications, USCIS and Consular Processing and Case Law
-The Latest in NIV and IV Classifications
-Numerical Quotas: What Does the Future Hold?
-U.S. Worker Protections: What Do They Mean?
-EB-5 and E-2: Investing in the U.S.
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, Fl. (AILA BOG) (Moderator)
H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa. (AILA Past-President)
Charles Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. (AILA Past-President)
Ira Kurzban, Esq., Miami, Fl. (AILA Past-President)
9:15 A.M. - 10:05A.M.
Visas for Professional Workers; the New Reality
-Working Within the Current Legislative Framework
-Dealing with Numerical Quotas
-Prevailing v. Actual Wage: What Does this Mean?
-Non-H Options for Professional Workers
-Attestations: What Teeth Do They Have and What Ethical Duties Do You Have?
-H and L Dependency: a New Concept
Sharon Mehlman, Esq., San Diego, Ca. (moderator)
Eleanor Pelta, Esq., Washington, D.C. (AILA Past-President)
Angelo Paparelli, Esq., Los Angeles, Ca.
10:05 A.M. - 10:20 A.M.
10:20 A.M. - 11:10 A.M.
Surviving the “L” Landscape
-Dealing Within the Current Legislative Framework
-What’s Wage Got To Do With it?
-The Importance of the Business Plan
-Strategies If the Business Does Not Advance as Planned
-Ethical Issues in Filing L Petitions
Angelo Paparelli, Esq. Los Angeles, Ca. (moderator)
Eileen Scofield, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.
Jeff Bernstein, Esq., Miami, Fl.
11:10 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Visas for Temporary Workers
-H-2Bs: Are They Worth Filing for?
-H-3s and J-1s: When to Use Them and Ethics Involved
-Working with the Current Quota Restrictions
-New Legislation and the “W” Visas: a New Reality?
-Os and Ps: Creative Solutions
-The Impact of Quota Progression on the Need for Temporary Workers
Eleanor Pelta, Esq., Washington, D.C. (moderator)
Sharon Mehlman, Esq., San Diego, Ca.
Jeffrey A. Devore, Esq., Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Lunch (included in registration fee) - Immigration Legislation (Anyone’s Guess)
Enrique Gonzalez, Esq., Miami, Fl., Former Special Counsel to Senator Marco Rubio
1:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
The Road to Residence: Finding the Path of Least Resistance
-New Options for Residence through Employment
-Changes to the “Quota System” and Realistic Timeframes
-Alternatives to Labor Certification
-EB-2 and Exceptional Ability
-Morphing Your EB-3 Client into an EB-2 and Ethical Issues
H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa. (moderator)
Chuck Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.
William Stock, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa. (2nd Vice-President AILA)
2:45 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
Legalization: Navigating Muddy Waters
-A Future for Dreamers?
-Options for the Undocumented and Examining the Quid Pro Quo
-I-601A Waivers: One Year Later
Rebecca Sharpless, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Randy McGrorty, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Xiomara Hernandez, Esq., Miami, Fl.
3:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
4:00P.M.- 5:00 P.M.
New Teeth: Employer Sanctions and E-Verify
-E-Verify: the New Reality
-Enhanced Penalties for E-Verify and Employer Sanctions Violations
-Educating Your Clients
-Walking the Tightrope between Discrimination and Compliance
Mary Pivec, Esq., Washington, D.C. (moderator)
Armando Olmedo, Esq., Miami, Fl.
William Stock, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa.
5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M
Managing Your Practice in the Face of Legislative Change (Interactive)
-Marketing Legislative Change
-Expanding Your Practice While Maintaining Management of Your Case Load
-Ethical Duty to Stay Abreast of Changes in Law and Policy
-Ethical Duties When the Law and Policy Are Unsettled
-Managing Client Expectations
Greg Siskind, Esq., 6ashville, Tn. (moderator)
Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Monica Roisman, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Reid Trautz, Esq., Director, AILA Practice and Professionalism Center, Washington, D.C.
6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Cocktail Reception - Talk to the Experts
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
8:15A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
Recent Developments in Family Based Visas
-Changes to the Family Based Visa Categories
-Strategies to Secure a Family Based Visa (Immigrant Visa Processing vs. Adjustment)
-Fiancé and K-3 Visas
-Considerations in Filing for a Sibling or Married Child of a USC
-Developments in Marriage Cases
-The End of DOMA: Eight Months Down the Road
-Attempts to Revoke Conditional Residence through “NOIR”
-Remedies When UCIS Refuses to Put Foreign Nationals with Denied I-751s in Proceedings
Michael Shane, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Jacob Ratzan, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Evan Shane, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Bruce Marmar, District Training Officer USCIS, Miami, Fl.
9:15 A.M. - 10:05 A.M.
Deferred Action and Prosecutorial Discretion: Where Are We Now?
-What Procedures Are in Place in Miami for Requesting P.D.?
-Packaging the Application
-What Is ICE Looking for?
-Can a Denial Be Overcome?
-When Will ICE Reopen a Case?
Antonio Revilla, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Nicolas Olano, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Gracian Celaya, ICE Deputy Chief Counsel, Miami, Fl.
Lourdes Rodriguez de Jongh, Immigration Judge, Miami, Fl. (appearing in her personal capacity)
10:05 A.M. - 10:20 A.M.
10:20 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Fraud and Criminal Waivers, The New Terrain
-Legislative Changes to Our Current Mix of Waivers
-When and How to Apply
-Documenting the Best Case
-The Impact of DOMA
Julie Ferguson, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Thomas Ragland, Esq., Washington, D.C.
Laurel Scott, Esq., Houston, Tx.
Kevin Mart, Immigration Judge, Miami, Fl. (appearing in his personal capacity)
11:20 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.
When Is “Mandatory” Custody Really “Mandatory?”
-Legislative Changes to Mandatory Detention
-The Legal Impact of a “Detainer”
-Is Your Client a CriminalSubject to Mandatory Custody
-What Happens When Your Client Is Taken into Custody Long after Release from
-Litigating Custody Cases
-The Impact of a Government Appeal
Michael Vastine, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Matthew Weber, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Rusten Hurd, Esq., Orlando, Fl.
Sui Chung, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Denise N. Slavin, Immigration Judge, Krome Service Processing Center, Miami, Fl. (appearing in her personal capacity)
12:10 P.M. - 1:40 P.M.
Lunch included in registration fee
Riah Ramlogan, Esq., Deputy Principal Legal Advisor, ICE, Washington, D.C.
1:50 P.M. - 2:50 P.M.
Developments in Crimmigration
-“Hot” Criminal Alien Provisions
-Recent Supreme Court and 11th Circuit Developments
-The Burden of Proof: When Does It Shift and What Does It Mean for Your Client?
-Categorical/Modified Categorical/Mixed Bag?
-Dissecting Key Aggravated Felony Provisions to Determine Whether Your Client Is an Aggravated
Mary Kramer, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Jeff Joseph, Esq., Denver, Co.
Lourdes Martinez-Esquivel, Immigration Judge, Miami, Fl. (appearing in her personal capacity)
Jill Swartz, ICE Deputy Chief Counsel, Miami, Fl.
Coffee is available outside at this time (there is no break)
2:50 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.
BIA and Federal Court Update
-Hottest Cases Decided by the Courts and BIA
-What Will the Supreme Court Be Looking at in 2014?
-Landmark Cases on the Horizon
-When Should Your Client Reside in a Specific Circuit?
Jeff Joseph, Esq., Denver, Co. (moderator)
John Pratt, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Gerald Seipp, Esq., Clearwater, Fl.
3:40 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Hot Issues in Citizenship
-Dealing with the Good Moral Character Police
-When Your Client Is Not Statutorily Ineligible for Citizenship, but Has Had an Arrest
-Conduct Outside the Statutory Period
-The Traveling Citizenship Applicant
-How Long Is Too Long for Background Clearances?
-Planning Ahead for Long Absences
-When to Advise Your Client Not to File
-The Impact of the End of DOMA on the Three Year Path to Citizenship
-The Consequences of Losing Citizenship or Expatriation
Kari Ann Fonte, Esq., Miami, Fl. (Moderator)
Andrea Martini, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Lizette Sierra, Esq., Miami, Fl.
**** All panels will also address ethical issues and considerations affecting their respective topics
-Jacob Ratzan, Co-Chair
-Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Co-Chair
-Kari Ann Fonte
Registration fees are refundable only if your refund request is received in writing
BY MAIL on or before JANUARY 22, 2013 at the law office of Jeff Bernstein, 100 N. Biscayne
Boulevard Suite 1602, Miami, and Fl. 33132.
Fees are non-transferable. A $35 service fee applies to refund requests.
INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE:
Registration includes two continental breakfasts,
two lunches, four coffee breaks, one cocktail reception, and conference materials.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING:
Taxis are accessible from all hotel venues to the
conference location. The conference venue has excellent parking facilities and charges a modest
conference parking fee.
The following is a list of some hotels in the conference vicinity. We
have found that discount hotel sites often provide better rates than the conference sponsor can obtain.
But book early: Miami hotels can be busy in February. The conference venue is on the bridge that
connects downtown Miami to South Beach (I-395).
STANDARD DOWNTOWN HOTELS NEAR THE CONFERENCE SITE
Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Hilton Miami Downtown
HIGHER END HOTELS DOWNTOWN NEAR CONFERENCE SITE
J.W. Marriott Hotel Miami
Four Seasons Hotel
MIAMI BEACH HOTELS NEAR THE CONFERENCE SITE
South Beach Marriott
W South Beach
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