2023 Annual Pre-AILA Online Crimes and Immigration Seminar


  • $225.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Members - 1 Day (6/13/23)
  • $225.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Members - 1 Day (6/14/23)
  • $350.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Members - 2 Days (6/13/23 & 6/14/23)
  • $275.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Non-Members - 1 Day (6/13/23)
  • $275.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Non-Members - 1 Day (6/14/23)
  • $425.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Private Attorney Non-Members - 2 Days (6/13/23 & 6/14/23)
  • $150.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Members - 1 Day (6/13/23)
  • $150.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Members - 1 Day (6/14/23)
  • $225.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Members - 2 Days (6/13/23 & 6/14/23)
  • $175.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Non-Member - 1 Day (6/13/23)
  • $175.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Non-Member - 1 Day (6/14/23)
  • $275.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Non-profit Non-Member - 2 Days (6/13/23 & 6/14/23)
  • $30.00  -  [VIRTUAL] Students - 2 Days Only (6/13/23 & 6/14/23)


2023 Annual Pre-AILA Online Crimes & Immigration Seminar

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 11:45 AM - 5:00 PM (ET) / 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM (PT)

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 11:45 AM - 5:00 PM (ET) / 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM (PT)

This program will be presented over Zoom Webinar.

(480 Total Minutes - 8.0 Total CLE Credits)


TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2023

11:45am - 12:00pm ET: Welcome

12:00pm - 1:30pm ET: The Categorical Approach and Recent Developments

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

This session will cover how advocates can make the most of the categorical approach methodology in their defense of immigrants with convictions. We will cover key features of the categorical and modified categorical approaches.


  • Fatma Marouf, Texas A&M University Law School
  • Emma Winger, American Immigration Council

1:30pm - 2:00pm ET: Break 

2:00pm- 3:15pm ET:  Winning Post- Conviction Relief 

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

This session will present a conceptual and procedural framework for obtaining post-conviction (PCR) relief that is effective in immigration proceedings, including the legal standards governing whether PCR orders are effective in the immigration context.


  • Norton Tooby, Law Offices of Norton Tooby
  • Matthew Vogel, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)

3:15pm - 3:45pm ET: Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm ET: Domestic Violence Ground(s)

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

This session will explore the domestic violence deportation ground, which encompasses four separate bases for deportation: crime of domestic violence; crime of stalking; crime of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment; and violation of a domestic abuse protection order.


  • Katherine Kim, Bronx Defenders
  • Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law


11:45am - 12:00pm ET: Welcome

12:00pm - 1:15pm ET: Challenging CIMT and Aggravated Felony Grounds Based on Theft

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

This session will examine the theft aggravated felony and crime involving moral turpitude grounds and recent changes in the legal landscapes they cover. 


  • Rebecca Scholtz, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)
  • Andrea Garcia, Law Offices of the Public Defender, San Bernardino County, CA

1:15pm - 1:45pm ET: Break

1:45pm - 3:00pm ET: Defending Against Controlled Substance - Based Grounds of Removability

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

Over the past few years, a growing number of courts have determined that state drug schedules are overbroad as compared to the federal drug schedule because of differing state and federal drug definitions. This session will examine those cases and the arguments and strategies that practitioners have used.


  • Khaled Alrabe, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)
  • John Bruning, Advocates for Human Rights
  • Michael Vastine, St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law

3:00pm - 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm: Recent Developments in the Courts

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

The Supreme Court, the various federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Board of Immigration Appeals have all recently seen developments at the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. This session will explore some of those developments and their implications.


  • Kevin Gregg, Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt
  • Mark Prada, Prada Urizar Dominguez, PLLC

  • CLE sponsored by

    National Immigration Project

  • CLE Credits

    The State Bar of Florida has approved this course for 9.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours. The Washington State Bar, the State Bar of California, and the State Bar of Texas have approved this course for 8.0 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours.

  • Group Registration Discounts:  We offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 to 10 and 15% discount for groups of 11 or more. To take advantage of the group registration discount organizations must:

  • -Submit a complete list* of registrants (Group Registration Form) to Link to Group Registration Form - HERE.
  • -Pay a singular invoice for registration fees.
  • Payment can be made via ACH, Credit Card, or Check. *Please note that group registration list adjustments are not possible after an invoice has been issued.
  • Tuition Assistance: Tuition assistance is available based on financial hardship. Attorneys should send an email to events@nipnlg.org with the reason they are requesting financial aid. This inbox is monitored daily.