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CLE Committee, AILA South Florida

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30 AM - Friday, March 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EDT)


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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
AILA Member Early Bird   more info Feb 16, 2018 $485.00 $0.00
Non-AILA Member Mar 17, 2018 $595.00 $0.00
Pro Bono Agency Employees   more info Feb 16, 2018 $350.00 $0.00
Electronic Materials Only Mar 23, 2018 $100.00 $0.00
DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR SATURDAY ADD-ON: Justice Campaign CLE on Basics of Federal Court Litigation (SATURDAY MARCH 24)
DISCOUNTED TICKET FOR THURS/FRI ATTENDEES ONLY. ADD-ON EVENT hosted by AILA South Florida, AILA National, and the American Immigration Council. Justice Campaign CLE on Basics of Federal Court Litigation. Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at St. Thomas University School of Law, Moot Courtroom, 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054.
Mar 17, 2018 $159.00 $0.00
STAND-ALONE TICKET FOR SATURDAY ADD-ON: Justice Campaign CLE on Basics of Federal Court Litigation (SATURDAY MARCH 24)   more info Mar 17, 2018 $225.00 $0.00
Exhibitor Mar 22, 2018 $3,000.00 $109.95


Event Details



**Florida, New York, and Texas CLE credits pending**



7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Instructional AILA Link Tutorial

7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
Opening Remarks


8:15 A.M. - 9:05 A.M.
Plenary Session: Overview of Recent Developments in Immigration Law


9:15 A.M. - 10:05 A.M.
Catch Me If You Can: Crimes 2018—Removability and Relief
- Impact of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Criminal Removal Practice
- Florida Crimes Update: New Decisions from BIA and Eleventh Circuit
- The Future of the Categorical Approach
- CIMTs: Mens Rea Plus Depravity, Void for Vagueness, Chevron Deference
- Issues to Watch For in 2018.


9:15 A.M. - 10:05 A.M.
The Sting: What To Do When ICE Surprises You with an I9 Audit
- The new I9 Form and other hot topics
- Advising clients before, during and after an audit.
- How to successfully manage an I9 audit
- Common issues in worksite enforcement


10:05 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.
Coffee Break


10:25 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
The Comeback Kid: Advanced Motions to Reopen
- How to Use Standard Statutory Toolbox: Motions to Reopen v. Motions to Reconsider v. Issues Relating to In Absentia Orders of Removal
- Sua Sponte Motions: Effective Use of Regulatory Tool
- Equitable Tolling: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims and Beyond
- Dealing With Lozada Claims: Best Practices and Ethical Issues


10:25 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Deep Impact: National Interest Waiver
- Processing cases after Matter of Dhanasar
- New evidentiary standards
- “National Importance” vs. “National Scope” Criteria
- Establishing Your Client Is Well Positioned to Advance the Proposed Endeavor
- Proving Certain Requirements Should Be Waived: The Job Offer and Labor Certification
- Adjudication Trends and Case Preparation Tips


11:25 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
In the Line of Fire: Advanced Removal Issues
- Burdens of Proof: Inadmissibility v. Removability, Alienage, Motions to Suppress and Terminate, Applications for Relief
- Challenges to Government Evidence: Most Common Objections, Hearsay Evidence, Issues with Previously Undisclosed “Rebuttal” Evidence
- Best Practices in Dealing with Challenging IJs: Civility, Making a Record, When to Ask for Recusal
- Issues Unique to Arriving Aliens


11:25 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
The Pursuit of Happyness: Common Ethical Challenges in Immigration Law, Including When to Say No!
- When Not to Take a Case: List of Red Flag Disqualifiers
- What to Do When You Know Client Cannot Afford You
- Marriage Fraud and Best Practices: How to Be an Advocate for Your Client Without Perpetuating a Fraud
- Borderline Asylum Claims and Taking a Case Where Only Relief is Voluntary Departure
- Ethical Withdrawals: What You Should and Should Not Say in a Motion for Leave to Withdraw or Letter of Withdrawal to USCIS
- Filing asylum to file for 42b Cancellation later
- Informed Consent: CYA with Written Consent


12:15 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.
Lunch (included in registration fee)
Litigation Update: Supreme Court, Circuit Court, Federal District Court and AAO Cases of Significance


1:45 P.M. - 2:35 P.M.
Rocky: How to Keep Fighting with an Effective Appellate Practice
- Written Advocacy at the BIA and Beyond
- Preserving the Record and Framing Issues in the Notice of Appeal
- Jurisdiction, Standard of Review, Questions of Law v. Fact, and Importance of 3-Member Review
- Chevron Deference and Confronting a Brand X Scenario
- Crafting an Effective Brief: Persuasiveness and Capturing Attention at the Outset
- Top Appellate Dos & Don’ts


1:45 P.M. - 2:35 P.M.
The Matrix: Tech Threats in the Legal World of Tomorrow
- Important things to consider when using email, mobile devices, and social media accounts.
- Although technology helps us manage and grow our practices increasing cybersecurity and privacy concerns can hold us back from. Panelists will provide tips and strategies on using technology to manage and grow your practice. They will discuss data privacy, securing data, and attorney-client privilege issues including: (1) Professional and ethical considerations to ensure protection of client data and information; (2) Are the expectations and requirements different for large and small firms, clinics, and non-profits?; (3) Best resources to ensure compliance; and (4) Retention requirements for electronic records


2:45 P.M. - 3:35 P.M.
Boiler Room: Should We Still Invest? Challenges in E Visa Processing
- Third country national processing
- Current trends in adjudication
- Additional questions/screening under policies established by the new administration


2:45 P.M. - 3:35 P.M.
Dangerous Liaisons: The High-Risk Client
- Dealing with TRIG: Terrorism Grounds of Inadmissibility
- S Visas for Cooperating Witnesses
- CARRP: Identifying Illegal Discrimination and When to Litigate
- “Reason to Believe”: Suspected Traffickers and Their Families


3:35 P.M. - 3:55 P.M.
Coffee Break


3:55 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
Almost Famous: EB-1s, Os and Ps
- Overview of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories for the extraordinary ability, or achievement client, artists, athletes, entertainers: EB-1, O, and P; Using B-1/B-2 in lieu of EB-1, O, and P.
- Is your client really exceptional, extraordinary, outstanding?
- But I really am a movie star! Narrowing down the category: Deciding if and where your client fits in.
- You’re really not that good! Adjusting your client’s expectations to the reality.
- It’s much more than carrying luggage: The O-2, client’s essential accompanying personnel.
- Spielberg, Coppola, or Hitchcock: Who is the Petitioner? U.S. employer; U.S. agent; Foreign employer through U.S. agent.
- Filing for the traditionally self-employed artist.
- Make it Look Great! Preparing a strong, organized, well-documented filing package; Pretty Pictures do Matter: Supporting Documentation
- Change of Status; Premium Processing v. Regular and Slow; Consular Process.


3:55 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
The Great Escape: Advanced Detention Issues
- Preserving Your Detainee Client’s Legal Rights in the Midst of Changing Priorities
- When-To and How-To Habeas
- Arriving Aliens and Prolonged Detention
- Whither Jennings?
- Fighting detainers, challenging when the state can hold an immigrant client


4:55 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
Million Dollar Baby: EB5 at a Crossroads
- Pending EB-5 Litigation Update: Use of Loan Proceeds
- I-829 Requirements for Sustainment of Investment, Redeployment, and Overcoming Denials
- Material Change: Where does it stand today in the EB-5 context?
- Consequences of Regional Center Terminations.
- Are EB-5 investments securities, and can lawyers be found liable for recommending projects?
- Can lawyers accept finder or referral fees from EB-5 projects?
- Fraud & SEC Enforcement Actions: What are the signs to look for?
- Case Processing Delays


4:55 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
Collateral: Hot Topics in U Visas
- Challenges in Obtaining U Visa Certification
- What to do about U Visa Backlogs
- Tips for U Visa Waivers
- U Visa Adjustments


6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Cocktail Reception - Talk to the Experts


FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018


7:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 A.M. - 8:50 A.M.
The Secret of My Success: Current Trends in L Visa Processing
- Start-up office issues
- Business plans
- Planning for renewal and future green card application
- How to respond to boilerplate RFEs


9:00 A.M. - 9:50 A.M.
Nine to Five: Challenges in Day-to-Day Processing of Perms
- Proposed changes to regulations
- Drafting job descriptions
- PW determinations
- Recruitment strategies/tips
- Random audits versus audit triggers
- H2Bs


9:50 A.M. - 10:10 A.M.
Coffee Break


10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Dealing With Surprises and Surly Officers at USCIS Interviews
- Right to Counsel
- Written Statements: Are They Ever Appropriate?
- Videotaped Interviews: Using them to Client’s Benefit
- Objections, Questions, and Arguments
- Current and emerging trends at USCIS


11:10 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
The Wizard of Oz: Unusual Paths to Residency and Citizenship
- 245(i) Lives On: How Does It Work?
- Residency Through Legalization, SAW, NACARA, ABC
- Remembering “Registry”
- Derivative and Acquired Citizenship, and Effects of Morales-Santana Decision
- Naturalization for Military: expedited treatment and special exceptions
- Citizenship after 3 Years in Cases of Marriage to US Citizen, including VAWA Self-Petitioners
- Foundlings
- Western Hemisphere Cases


12:00 P.M. - 1:10 P.M.
Lunch (included in registration fee)
Immigrants’ List Presentation


1:10 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Coming to America: Strategies in Consular Processing
- How to navigate your case from NVC to the Consular Post.
- Panelists will discuss current consular trends, communicating with NVC and consular posts, filings, interviews, denials, and more.
- What to do when the file has not been transferred?
- How long do they take?
- Probabilities of success?
- Filing at the consular post.


2:10 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Outsiders: Advanced Topics in Asylum Practice &
Mock Immigration Court Hearing

All Speakers to be confirmed soon due to Hurricane postponement.

All panels will also address ethical issues and considerations affecting their respective topics. 


CLE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE: Elina M. Santana (Chair); Alicia Morgan (Vice-Chair); Mike LaFrance; Norma Lorenzo; Michael Harris; Wendy Jerkins; Jacqueline Villalba; Florence Chamberlin.

CLE BUSINESS TRACK COMMITTEE: Jacqueline Villalba; Norma Lorenzo; Florence Chamberlin; Deirdre Nero; Tanya Dwyer.

CLE REMOVAL TRACK COMMITTEE: Andrea Montavon McKillip; Michael Vastine; Rebecca Sharpless; Wendy Jerkins; Robert Sheldon; Michelle P. Gonzalez.





__AILA member registering before 5:00 P.M., February 16, 2018 - $485*

__AILA member registering after 5:00 P.M., February 16, 2018 - $555

__Non-AILA member - $595

__Persons attending under fee remission policy registering before 5:00 P.M. February 16, 2018 - $350**

*Only registrants who are listed on the AILA website as members or pending members at the time of registration may receive AILA member rates.

**Fee remission is only available to attendees employed by a pro-bono organization. Limit of 2 admissions per pro bono agency. Proof of non-profit status must be emailed along with verification of full-time employment including a statement that the applicant earns under $60,000 to within 5 days of registration but not later than 5:00 P.M. on February 16, 2018.


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REFUND POLICY:  Registration fees are refundable only if your refund request is received in writing BY SURFACE MAIL on or before 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2018, at the law office of Jeff Bernstein, 100 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1602, Miami, 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, coffee throughout, 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.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: For an updated list of hotels near the conference site, please email

SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS: Interested sponsors and exhibitors, please contact Elina Santana at (305) 916-4800 or




hosted by AILA South Florida, AILA National, and the American Immigration Council

Justice Campaign CLE on Basics of Federal Court Litigation
Saturday, March 24, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
St. Thomas University School of Law
Moot Courtroom
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054

DISCOUNTED TICKET only $159 for those attending the March 22-23 Conference.  Regular stand-alone ticket price is $225 for those not attending the March 22-23 conference.  Please note that dual registration will be verified prior to the event.


Have questions about 39TH ANNUAL AILA SOUTH FLORIDA IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE - March 22&23, 2018? Contact CLE Committee, AILA South Florida

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