2024 Spring Virtual CLE Seminar: Defending Recently Arrived Noncitizens & Noncitizens in ICE Custody


  • $225.00  -  Private Attorney members - 1 Day (4/3)
  • $225.00  -  Private Attorney members - 1 Day (4/4)
  • $350.00  -  Private Attorney members - 2 Days (4/3 & 4/4)
  • $325.00  -  Private Attorney Non-Members - 1 Day (4/3)
  • $325.00  -  Private Attorney Non-Members - 1 Day (4/4)
  • $450.00  -  Private Attorney Non-Members - 2 Days (4/3 & 4/4)
  • $150.00  -  Non-profit Members - 1 Day (4/3)
  • $150.00  -  Non-profit Members - 1 Day (4/4)
  • $225.00  -  Non-profit Members - 2 Days (4/3 & 4/4)
  • $225.00  -  Non-profit non-member - 1 Day (4/3)
  • $225.00  -  Non-profit non-member - 1 Day (4/4)
  • $325.00  -  Non-profit non-member - 2 Days (4/3 & 4/4)
  • $40.00  -  Students - 2 Days Only (4/3 & 4/4)


                              2024 Spring Virtual CLE Seminar:                                                   Defending Recently Arrived Noncitizens                     and Noncitizens in ICE Custody

Wednesday, April 3, 2024: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)/ 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PT)

Thursday, April 4, 2024: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)/ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PT)

This program will be presented over Zoom Webinar.

(585 Minutes of Instruction - 9.75 CLE Credits based on the 60 minute credit hour)



WednESDAY, April 3, 2024

11:00am - 11:05am ET: Welcome and Introductions

11:05am - 12:35pm ET: Session 1 - Biden’s Border Processing and the Impact on Case Strategy
(90 minutes of instruction/ 1.50 CLE Credits)

How a noncitizen was processed at the border is essential to the case strategy, especially if the noncitizen is potentially eligible to adjust status. Yet it is difficult to keep up with all the changes and all the various ways that noncitizens are being processed at the border. During this session, the speakers will demystify the border by discussing:


Taylor Levy, Owner, Taylor Levy Law

Jennifer Babaie, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

12:35pm - 12:45pm ET: Break 

12:45pm- 2:00pm ET:  Session 2 - Removal Proceedings Strategies for Noncitizens Potentially Eligible for Both Asylum and Temporary Protected Status

(75 minutes of instruction/ 1.25 CLE Credits)

The Biden administration has expanded Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to new countries while safeguarding TPS for citizens of countries who almost lost this important protection during the Trump administration. Nationals from many of the countries designated for TPS may also have asylum claims and may therefore have the option to pursue both humanitarian forms of relief. While access to more than one form of relief can be advantageous, TPS and asylum have distinct, but overlapping, grounds of ineligibility, which practitioners must analyze. Despite some substantive similarities, TPS and asylum differ procedurally. During this session, the speakers will discuss:


Randy McGrorty, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Services (CLS), Archdiocese of Miami 

Michelle N. Méndez, Director of Legal Resources and Training, NIPNLG

2:00pm - 2:15pm ET: Break

2:15pm - 3:30pm ET: Session 3 - Navigating Credible Fear Interviews and Individual Hearings Subject to the Asylum Ban

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

Under Biden’s “Asylum Ban” noncitizens who enter at the southern border between May 11, 2023 and May 11, 2025 without using the rule’s designated “lawful pathways” are presumed ineligible for asylum unless they can prove an exception to the rule or rebut the presumption against asylum eligibility. Those who successfully meet an exception or rebut the presumption of asylum ineligibility during their credible fear interview must nonetheless again address the Asylum Ban rule before the immigration judge at their merits hearing. During this session, the speakers will provide:


Briana Perez, Interim Assistant Director, RAICES

Victoria Neilson, Supervising Attorney, NIPNLG


3:30pm - 3:45pm ET: Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm ET: Session 4 - Hot Topics Impacting Recently Arrived Noncitizens

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

In addition to facing an ever-changing situation at the border, recently arrived noncitizens must also grapple with an increasingly complex immigration system. During this session, the speakers will highlight key developments in the law that impact recently arrived noncitizens, including:


Claudia Canizares, Canizares Law Group, LLC

Rebecca Scholtz, Senior Staff Attorney, NIPNLG


ThursDAY, April 4, 2024

12:00pm - 12:05pm ET: Welcome and Introductions

12:05pm - 1:20pm ET: Session 1 -  Strategies for Winning Release From ICE Custody 

(75 minutes of instruction/1.25 CLE Credits)

The odds of a detained noncitizen prevailing in immigration court are significantly lower than the odds for a released noncitizen. To increase our clients’ chances of success, it is therefore imperative to effectively use all available tools for securing clients’ release from immigration detention. The speakers will discuss the following during this session: 


Hannah Cartwright, Executive Director & Attorney, Mariposa Legal

Annie Lai, Co-Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law

1:20pm - 1:30pm ET: Break

1:30pm - 3:15pm ET: Session 2 - Using Habeas Petitions in Immigration Cases

(105 minutes of instruction/1.75 CLE Credits)

During the last session the speakers identified habeas as an important tool to winning release for detained clients. This session takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of immigration habeas corpus petitions. The speakers will address the common scenarios where habeas can be used including challenging post-removal order detention, mandatory detention during removal proceedings, and detention conditions, as well as some less common scenarios. The session will also cover:


Aaron Korthuis, Impact Litigation Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

Amber Qureshi, Staff Attorney, NIPNLG

Gracie Willis, Senior Lead Attorney, Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center

3:15pm - 3:30pm ET: Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm ET: Session 3 - Pro Tips for Litigating Immigration Habeas Actions

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

Armed with an understanding of the potential claims, strategy, and law in immigration habeas litigation, it is time to address the practical aspects of filing and obtain an understanding of the procedural pitfalls. During this session, the speakers will discuss each step of bringing an immigration habeas action in federal court and provide tips for success. Specifically, the speakers will address:


Sarah T. Gillman, Director of Strategic U.S. Litigation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Matthew Vogel, Supervising Attorney, NIPNLG


5:00pm - 5:15pm ET: Closing and Announcements 


  • CLE sponsored by

    The National Immigration Project

  • CLE Credits

    The Washington State Bar, the State Bar of California, and the State Bar of Texas approved this two-day seminar for 9.75 CLE credits.

  • 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 fee.
  • -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.