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AILA MidSouth Chapter Conference 2018

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Ace Hotel New Orleans

600 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Please purchase tickets here to register for the AILA Midsouth Chapter Conference.

We are pleased to announce that our annual conference will be held this year in New Orleans at the Ace Hotel on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018. Early Bird pricing ends October 15, 2018, so book now!

You can earn 12 hours of CLE credits, including 1 hour each of Professionalism and Ethics in any of the MidSouth states: Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

Email me for the session descriptions and calendar: leah@gsimmigrationlaw.com

Friday November 2, 2018

Title: Government Panel - USCIS Asylum

Description: Policies and procedures update from the New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office.

Title: Litigation Toolbox

Speakers: Jeff Joseph, Joseph Law Firm, Aurora, CO

Description: The panel will discuss current federal litigation issues, including pending impact litigation and what we should expect to see in the coming year, and strategies for litigation tools we should be using for our clients.

Title: Nonimmigrant Visa Adjudication Trends

Speakers: Elaine Kimbrell, Ware Immigration, Metairie, LA; Matt Gunn, Dinsmore,

Louisville, KY; Barry Walker, Walker & Ungo, Tupelo, MS

Description: The panel will discuss recent trends, new memos, issues, and changes in processes for nonimmigrant sponsorship.

Title: Winning Your Removal Case Before It Begins

Speakers: Glenda Regnart, Catholic Charities, Baton Rouge, LA, and counsel to the firm of

Cascadia Cross-Border Law, Anchorage, AK; Miriam Crespo, The Law Office of

Miriam L. Crespo, Harvey, LA; Carolyn Hines, Law Office of Carolyn O. Hines, Alexandria, LA

Description: The panel will discuss how to deal with winning in removal proceedings before relief with strategies including motions to terminate, NTA issues, continuances, telephonic appearances, and changes of venue.

Title: Midterm Update

Speakers: Greg Siskind, Siskind Susser, PC; Memphis, TN

Description: This panel will review policy changes under the current administration and what we can expect for the rest of this administration, including the recent proposed rule on public charge.

Title: SIJ Update

Speakers: Brittany Faith, Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., Chattanooga, TN; Sally

Joyner, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Memphis, TN

Description: Updates on SIJ trends in state courts, with the immigration court, and AAO adjudication trends for I-360 petitions – best practices for drafting and obtaining predicate orders and how to hold the courts at bay while your client waits for a priority date to become current.

Title: Become a Better Lawyer with Mindfulness

Speakers: Kenneth Mayeaux, Mayeaux & Sardi, and Lexlee Overton, Mind Over Law

Description: Stressed, overwhelmed and struggling to find balance in your law practice? Join us for an interactive discussion about the benefits of a mindfulness meditation in the practice of law. Come experience firsthand how to rewire your mind to cultivate resilience, increase focus and clarity, and reduce stress and anxiety.

Title: Affidavits of Support, Public Benefits, and Public Charge Issues

Speakers: Laura Ferner, Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC, Springdale, AR; Nathan

Bogart, Bogart Immigration, PLLC, Fayetteville, AR

Description: The panel will give a basic primer on the affidavit of support, including best practices and pitfall; discuss trends in consular processing denials for public charge grounds, and what we should expect to see in the coming years regarding public benefits and policy changes.

Title: Crimmigration 101

Speakers: Paul Scott, Baton Rouge, LA; Alexandria Lubans-Otto, Florence, KY; Sean

Lewis, Nashville, TN

Description: The panel will recent developments in the intersection of criminal and immigration law, legal framework for reviewing grounds of inadmissibility and removability, and strategies to use in crafting plea deals that don’t make a person subject to removal.

Saturday November 3, 2018

Title: Government Panel – ICE OPLA

Speakers: Alice Miller, Chief Counsel and Charles Wall, Assistant Chief Counsel, New Orleans ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor

Description: Policies and trends update from the New Orleans ICE OPLA office.

Title: Top Tips To Avoid PERM Denial

Speakers: David Ware, Ware Immigration, Metairie, LA; Linda Rose, Rose Immigration

Law Firm, Nashville, TN; Vincent Lau, Clark Lau LLC, Cambridge, MA

Description: The PERM process entails zero tolerance for error. Seasoned experts will share their personal tips and best practices on application prep and filing, including drafting the posting language, prevailing wage calculation, advertising issues, applicant screening, filing, and audit response.

Title: TPS Ends – What’s Next?

Speakers: Kimberly Sutton, Law Office of Kimberly Sutton, Springdale, AR; Aga Haupt, Haupt Immigration Law, Nashville, TN

Description: The panel will discuss the end of TPS programs for nationals of Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and other countries expected to end under the current administration, how to carefully screen cases and determine strategies to obtain residence for those impacted by the end of TPS.

Title: Circuit Court Immigration Appeals

Speakers: Duncan Fulton, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Staff Attorney, New Orleans, LA;

Alicia Triche, Triche Immigration Appeals, Memphis, TN

Description: The panel will discuss best practices for filing appeals at the circuit court level.

Title: Bond Proceedings

Speakers: Ana Sardi, Mayeaux Sardi, Baton Rouge, LA; Homero Lopez, Director, ISLA,

New Orleans, LA

Description: The panel will discuss recent trends in immigration bond proceedings, including updates on the Louisiana detained immigration courts and judges.

Title: Particular Social Groups – Asylum

Speakers: Kaitlin Locascio, Supervising Attorney, Catholic Charities, New Orleans, LA;

Emily Trostle, Pelton Balducci, LLC, New Orleans, LA; Amelia McGowan,

Mississippi Center for Justice, Jackson, MS

Description: The panel will discuss asylum and particular social groups, including trends in asylum offices and courts, what is still working, and best practices for putting together a successful particular social group claim.

Title: Civil Rights and Immigrant Justice

Speakers: Bryan Lopez, Immigrant Justice Project; Natalie Lyons, Southern Poverty Law

Center; and Jeremy Jong, SIFI

Description: The panel will discuss the intersection of civil rights and immigration from a number of perspectives. Topics include spotting civil rights issues in arrests and detention, forced labor, work practices regarding detained immigrants, conditions of confinement, access to justice, and interference with legal representation.

Title: Crossing the (state) line? Ethical issues practicing immigration law in multiple


Speakers: Jeremy M. Anderson, Anderson/Orozco, PLLC; Gulfport, MS

Description: The panel will discuss ethical issues and best practices related to practicing immigration law in multiple jurisdictions.

Title: Screw U: Finding Creative Solutions

Speakers: Kathleen Gasparian, Gasparian Spivey Immigration, New Orleans, LA

Description: For advanced practitioners, a discussion on finding creative nonimmigrant and immigrant solutions: pushing the limit with USCIS, exploring underutilized visa categories, strategizing times and expirations, and adding mandamus and federal court to your toolbox.

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