Resistance Lawyering: Fighting for Immigrant Communities and the Rule of Law


  • $200.00  -  Legal Worker/Non-Profit/Student on or after Sept. 14th
  • $275.00  -  Current Members of NIPNLG, NLG, or Minority Bar Associations on or after Sept. 14th
  • $375.00  -  Private Attorney on or after Sept. 14th


Join Us for this Day-long Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Course

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
21C Museum Hotel

Main Gallery
111 N. Cocoran St., Durham, NC 27701

Join us on October 16, 2019 to learn innovative strategies to address the Trump administration’s continued assault on immigrant communities and the rule of law.




8:30 – 9:00am:   Registration and Coffee 


9:00 – 10:00am:  Immigration Litigation in Federal Court

  • Preparing for litigation in District court
  • Challenging USCIS delays
  • Challenging naturalization denials

Helen Parsonage, EMP Law

Sirine Shebaya, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild


10:05 – 11:05 am: Ethics Under Attack

  • Competency in a rapidly changing environment.
  • EOIR case processing goals, restrictions to client access, and due diligence.
  • Maintaining the attorney client relationship with a diminished capacity client.

Karen Grisez, Fried Frank

Helen A. Sklar, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP


11:05 – 11:15 am: Break 


11:15 – 12:15 pm:  Raids and Motions to Suppress

  • Update on raids
  • Engaging in emergency legal response
  • Motions to suppress

Angelica Salceda, ACLU-Northern California

Rex Chen, Legal Services of NYC


12:15 – 1:30 pm:    Lunch Break


1:30 – 2:30 pm:      Creating a Record and Working with Experts in Immigration Court

  • Preserving the record in immigration court
  • ​Objections under the federal rules of evidence and immigration regulations
  • ​Working with experts in preparing your case
  • Presenting expert evidence in immigration court

Deborah Weissman, UNC Law School

Sui Chung, Immigration Law and Litigation Group


2:35 – 3:35 pm:      Expedited Removal

  • Update on expedited removal expansion
  • Challenging expedited removal
  • Advising client when encountering ICE

Anand Balakrishnan, ACLU-Immigrants’ Rights Project

Trina Realmuto, American Immigration Counsel 


3:35 – 3:45 pm:   Break


3:45 – 4:45 pm:   Asylum Updates

  • Framing particular social groups
  • Firm resettlement
  • Internal relocation

Lory Rosenberg, Immigrant Defenders Law Group

Bradley Jenkins, Catholic Legal Immigration Network




Registration Fees

(Early Bird Rates are no longer in effect)

Private Attorney


Current Members of NIPNLG, NLG, or Minority Bar Associations


Legal Worker/Non-Profit/Student



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NIPNLG Annual Membership Meeting: Thursday, October 17, 8:30am - 5:30pm, Marriott, Junior Ballroom A.


  • Crim-imm updates
  • Asylum and refugee updates and “Remain in Mexico”
  • Interior enforcement: trends and updates
  • Lunchtime panel (with Ira Kurzban!)
  • New frontiers in detention litigation
  • Denaturalization and related issues
  • Public charge developments and strategies
  • Meet NIPNLG’s new leadership — Town Hall-style meeting/Q and A with Sirine Shebaya and Carlos Moctezuma García

NIPNLG Litigation Meeting: Friday, October 18, 8:30am - 11:30am, 21c Hotel, Gallery 5

  • Strategies for systematically challenging §1325/1326 prosecutions
  • Border litigation: latest trends and gaps
  • Strategies for protecting immigrant rights activists against retaliation for political activities.

Lodging Information

For the NLG conference rate of $189/night please click:

CLE Sponsored By

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)


Please send inquiries about the CLE and related activities to:

See you in Durham!