2024 Annual Pre-AILA In-Person Conference Crimes & Immigration Seminar


  • $300.00  -  [IN_PERSON] Private Attorney Members
  • $400.00  -  [IN_PERSON] Private Attorney Non-Members
  • $175.00  -  [IN_PERSON] Non-profit Members
  • $250.00  -  [IN_PERSON] Non-profit Non-Member
  • $40.00  -  [IN_PERSON] Students


2024 Annual Pre-AILA In-Person Conference Crimes & Immigration Seminar

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CT), 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET), 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PT)


Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP

Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower

300 E Randolph Street, #5000 

Chicago, IL, 60601


Register now as space is limited.


(330 Total Minutes -5.5 Total CLE Credits based on the 60-minute credit hour)



TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024


10:00am - 10:05am CT: Welcome and Introductions (5 minutes)

10:05am - 11:35am CT: The Categorical and Modified Categorical Approach

(90 minutes of instruction/1.50 CLE Credits)

Defending against almost all criminal grounds of removal requires a comprehensive understanding of the categorical (and modified) categorical approach. This session will cover the key features of the approach and its effective use in removal defense.


Matthew Vogel, Supervising Attorney, National Immigration Project

Maureen Sweeney, Law School Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, NIPNLG Board Member

11:35am - 11:45am CT: Break

11:45am - 12:45pm CT: Challenging Removal Based on Crimes Involving Deceit, Dishonesty, or Fraud

(60 minutes of instruction/1.00 CLE Credit)

Clients with deceit, dishonesty, or fraud-based convictions may face a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) or aggravated felony charges of removability that requires specific legal analysis.This session will address how to defend against CIMT and aggravated felony fraud grounds of removal based on criminal convictions that involve elements of deceit, dishonesty, or fraud.


Russell Abrutyn, Founder, Abrutyn Law, PLLC. 

Khaled Alrabe, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project

12:45pm - 1:30pm CT: Lunch Break (Lunch Provided)

1:30pm - 2:30pm CT: Inadmissibility and Returning LPRs

(60 minutes of instruction/1.00 CLE Credit)

Lawful permanent residents (LPR) who have committed an offense listed under the criminal inadmissibility grounds may be treated as applicants for admission and placed in removal proceedings upon re-entry. This session will cover how to best represent LPR clients who are or may be at risk being placed in removal proceedings upon reentry.


Elizabeth Gibson, Managing Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center

Anne Relias, Partner, Scott D. Pollock & Associates PC

Rebecca Scholtz, Senior Staff Attorney, NIPNLG

2:30pm - 2:40pm CT: Break

2:40pm - 3:40pm CT: Working with Criminal Defense Attorneys

(60 minutes of instruction/1.00 CLE Credit)

Working with criminal defense attorneys is essential when representing clients with pending criminal charges or clients seeking post-conviction relief (PCR). This session will explore best practices on how to engage with criminal defense attorneys to improve outcomes for your clients in immigration court.


Lisa Chun, Senior Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center

Hena Mansori, Attorney Supervisor, Immigration Division, Cook County Public Defender

3:40pm - 3:50pm CT: Break

3:50pm - 4:50pm CT: Immigration Consequences of DUIs

(60 minutes of instruction/1.00 CLE Credit)

DUIs are some of the most prosecuted offenses in the country. This session will address the immigration consequences of DUI-type offenses and how to mitigate them. The faculty will cover inadmissibility, good moral character (GMC) assessments, discretionary decisions, and more.


Marta Delgado, Co-Founder, Delgado Rompf Bruen LLC

James R. Fujimoto, Clinical Adjunct Instructor, De Paul College of Law

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

4:50pm - 5:00pm CT: Closing and Announcements


CLE sponsored by

National Immigration Project

CLE Credits

The Washington State Bar, the State Bar of Texas, and the State Bar of Illinois approved this seminar for 5.50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours. 

An application for 5.50 CLE credit hours is pending with the State Bar of California. 

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.