NIPNLG's Spring All Day CLE - Removal Defense Under the New Administration


  • $150.00  -  Legal Worker/Non-Profit/Student
  • $225.00  -  Current Members of NIPNLG, NLG, or Minority Bar Associations
  • $275.00  -  Private Attorney


2021 Spring Virtual CLE Seminar

Removal Defense Under the Biden Administration

Thursday March 25, 2021

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM (ET)

Zoom Webinar

12:00: Introductions


12:15 - 1:45:  Anti-Blackness in Immigration Law

                        90 minutes of instruction (1.50 CLE Credit)

This panel will cover legal strategies that can be deployed to explicitly raise and fight back against anti-Blackness and racial discrimination in the immigration context. Panelists will cover the many ways anti-Blackness manifests itself in the immigration system, including access to counsel issues, criminalization and pipeline to deportation, laws with racist origins and application, and racial bias in discretionary determinations such as bond, waivers, and other applications for relief. The panel will then present an overview of legal strategies that have been used or that could be deployed to address racial bias in the system, and will dive into how these strategies were used in Ousman Darboe's case.


Faculty:       Nana Gyamfi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

                      Guerline Jozef, President, Haitian Bridge Alliance

                      Breanne Palmer, Policy and Advocacy Counsel, UndocuBlack Network

                      Cristina Velez, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)

                      Sophia Elena Gurulé, Policy Counsel, Immigration Practice, The Bronx Defenders

                      Andrea Sáenz, Attorney-in-Charge, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, Brooklyn Defender Services (Moderator)


1:45 - 2:15:     Break


2:15 - 3:15:     Practical Impact of IJ Scheduling Orders, Limitations on Master Calendar Hearings, and Straight-to-Trial Push by EOIR

                         60 minutes of instruction (1.00 CLE Credit)

The session will cover the practical impact of scheduling orders, limitations on master calendar hearings, and the straight-to-trial push by EOIR. Panelists will discuss the trends immigration lawyers are seeing in practice, what immigration attorneys can do to respond, and ways to challenge these practices when they undermine due process for your clients.


Faculty:       Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law  

                      Rebecca Scholtz, Catholic Immigration Legal Network, Inc. (CLINIC)


3:15 - 3:30:     Break


3:30 - 4:30:     What’s Going on in DC? An Overview of the Legislative Landscape on Immigration and How It Could Impact Your Clients

                           60 minutes of instruction (1.00 CLE Credits)

This panel will provide an overview of key legislative developments on immigration, with a particular focus on enforcement, criminal-immigration, and detention and due process issues. Panelists will provide an overview of the current legalization bills and the criminal bars and exclusions they include; the New Way Forward Act; immigration detention and pipeline bills; and the appropriations process.


Faculty:        Heidi Altman, Director of Policy, National Immigrant Justice Center

                       Caitlin Bellis, Policy & Community Advocacy Attorney, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)

                       Megan Essaheb, Director of Immigration Advocacy, Advancing Justice | AAJC

                       Jorge Loweree, Policy Director, American Immigration Council

                       Nithya Nathan-Pineau, Policy Attorney & Strategist, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)


4:30 - 4:45:     Break


4:45 - 5:45:     The New Enforcement Priorities and Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines: Legal and Case Campaign Strategies to Advocate for Your Clients

                          60 minutes of instruction (1.00 CLE Credits)

This panel will cover what the new enforcement priorities mean, who they cover and who they leave behind, how immigration practitioners can use them to seek prosecutorial discretion for their clients, and how case campaign and advocacy strategies can be deployed alongside legal strategies to achieve better outcomes for your clients.


Faculty:          Khaled Alrabe, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)

                         Erika Andiola, Chief Advocacy Officer, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)

                         Anita Gupta, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)


CLE credits

The Washington State Bar Association has approved  this CLE for 1.5 Ethics credits and 3 Law & Legal Procedure credits. Uniform certificates of attendance will be available for non-WA attorneys. NIPNLG is also prepared to provide proof of registration/attendance upon request.

Registration Fees 

Legal Worker/Non-Profit/Student - $150

Current Members of NIPNLG, NLG, or Minority Bar Associations - $225

Private Attorney - $275

CLE Sponsored by

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild


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