2020 Crimes & Immigration Seminar


  • $100.00  -  Nonprofit/Legal Worker (1 day-October 29, 2020)
  • $100.00  -  Nonprofit/Legal Worker (1 day-October 30, 2020)
  • $150.00  -  Nonprofit/Legal Worker (2 days)
  • $200.00  -  Private Attorney (1 day- October 29, 2020)
  • $200.00  -  Private Attorney (1 day- October 30, 2020)
  • $300.00  -  Private Attorney (2 days)


2020 Crimes & Immigration Seminar

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM (ET)

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (ET)

This program will be presented over Zoom Webinar.


Thursday, October 29, 2020


12:00 pm - 1:30pm: Introduction to the Categorical Approach
(90 minutes of instruction)


  • Saba Ahmed, Clinical Instructor, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Talia Peleg, Associate Professor of Law Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law


1:30pm - 1:45pm: Break 


1:45pm- 2:45pm:  Overview of Post-Conviction Relief
(60 minutes of instruction)


  • Ryan Muennich, Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project
  • Matt Vogel, Senior Staff Attorney National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild


2:45pm - 3:15pm: Break


3:15pm - 4:45pm: Criminal Bars to Asylum and Withholding of Removal
(90 minutes of instruction)


  • Nabilah Siddiquee, Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project
  • Phil Torrey, Managing Attorney,  Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
  • Cristina Velez, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild  


Friday, October 30, 2020


10:00am - 10:50am: Recent Crim-Imm Developments in the Second & Third Circuits
(50 minutes of instruction)


  • Rebecca Hufstader, Staff Attorney, Nationalities Service Center and the Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Leila Kang, Supervising Litigation Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project


10:50am - 11:00am: Break


11:00am - 1:00pm:  Advanced Categorical Approach Issues
(90 minutes of instruction)

This session will include discussion of realistic probability, burden of proof, and controlled substance statutes.

  • Khaled Alrabe, Attorney, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Isaac Wheeler, Immigration Specialist Attorney, Federal Defenders of New York
  • Jayashri Srikantiah, Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

1:00pm - 1:10pm: Break

1:10pm - 2:00pm:  Brown-bag Sessions

Option 1: Future of Crimm-Imm Litigation in Federal Courts 


  • Nancy Morawetz, Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University School of Law
  • Andrea Saenz, Attorney-in-Charge, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, Brooklyn Defender Services 
  • Jessica Rofe, Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University School of Law

Option 2: NYS Policy Updates


  • Rosa Cohen-Cruz, Policy Counsel, Immigration Practice, The Bronx Defenders
  • Jane Shim, Advocacy Staff Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project

CLE Credits

The New York State Defenders Association [NYSDA] has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York (2019–2022). This transitional/nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.0 credit hours in Professional Practice. No CLE credit may be earned for repeat attendance at any accredited CLE activity.

Registration Fees

  • Nonprofit/Legal Worker - $100 (one day), $150 (two days)
  • Private Attorneys - $200 (one day), $300 (two days)
  • Group registrations - please email hbonilla@nipnlg.org for more information
  • Tuition assistance is available based on financial hardship. Send an email to hbonilla@nipnlg.org with the reason you are requesting financial aid and proof of income.
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy: Registrants must cancel by midnight on 10/25. All cancellations will incur a 5% cancellation fee. If the registrant does not cancel by 10/25, no refunds will be issued. 
  • Video of the presentation will be made available on request. However, CLE credit is only available for registrants who watch the live webinar. 

CLE sponsored by

Immigrant Defense Project, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the New York State Defenders Association 


Please send inquiries about the CLE to events@nipnlg.org