Our Annual Conference Program Committee has put together an event that includes a strong CLE offering and unsurpassed educational tracks that will help you better serve your clients and successfully manage your practice.
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Here are just a few of the educational sessions offered at the premier immigration law event of the year.
The H-1B Visa from LCA to Approval
This panel will provide attorneys with knowledge about the requirements for an H-1B petition, and what goes into the LCA and the related H-1B application.
Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Petitions
This session will provide a basic overview of the criteria for immigrant visa preference categories, numerical limitations, and other key concepts, rules, and procedures relating to the employment-based immigration process.
Opening a New Practice: What I Wish I Knew When I Started
Thinking about opening your own practice? Come pick our panelists' brains. They will provide basic tips and strategies for setting up your firm, hiring staff, setting prices, and managing your practice for new and seasoned practitioners. This panel will also discuss the do's and don'ts of opening a new practice, including what to look for and how to problem solve when presented with challenges.
Mobility Management: Taking Your Practice With You on the Road
Where do you (or your staff) want to work today? Whether you answer "at home," "the beach," or "across the world," this panel will help you focus on the right technology, and prepare you to keep your computers, smart phones, and data safe wherever you decide to work and travel. The panel will also address best practices in allowing employees to work remotely.
Statutory Bars to Asylum and How to Overcome Them
Panelists will discuss three of the most common and problematic statutory bars to asylum, and will brainstorm strategies for overcoming each.
What Employment-Based Attorneys Should Know When Working with Same-Sex Couples
Now that USCIS recognizes same-sex marriages for immigration purposes, including derivatives, the business practitioner faces a new set of considerations. This panel explores the top considerations for the business practitioner.
This panel will explore strategies and creative approaches for handling RFEs successfully by holding USCIS accountable, using the language of policy memoranda, field manuals, precedent cases and other sources, and psychologically preparing yourself and the client to respond rationally no matter what comes in the mail.
The Latest on the Categorical Approach
The U.S. Supreme Court has revitalized the categorical approach in immigration proceedings. This panel advises on the latest developments in the law and provides practice tips for your cases.
Marriage Between Same-Sex Couples Cases-Happy First Anniversary
This program will examine adjudication of marriage between same-sex couples' cases since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Windsor vs. U.S. The panelists will discuss what is proving successful in these cases and where problems have arisen.
Provisional Waivers I-601A One Year Later
The highly anticipated provisional waiver seemed to be a giant step forward, but has it lived up to expectations? This panel will address the latest information on processing times, agency interpretations, approval rates, and foreign travel once approved.
Storytelling in Immigration Cases
Storytelling is an integral part of effective representation. This panel of storytellers will provide tools and tips on storytelling that leaves an impression and turns "just another case" into a great one.
Thinking Out of the Box: Looking at Cases Beyond Immigration
Each year the Supreme Court issues decisions that have an impact on our members far broader than just the two or three immigration cases. Recently the Supreme Court has issued several employment discrimination, criminal, and voting rights cases that are important to the practice of immigration law. The same could be said for other appellate bodies as well. Join our panel of experts for the latest developments at the Supreme Court.
Litigating with the Stars (Game Show)
In this interactive session, in the format of a game show (a la Dancing with the Stars), a distinguished panel of litigators will judge contestants as they make strategy decisions based on a short fact pattern. An audience participant will come up and be presented with a scenario. He or she then will be given a short period of time to advise the client in the scenario on what the issues are and how they should be resolved. Then, the game show host will ask the panel of judges to score the volunteer on the strategy proposed and comment on whether it will work.
2014 Annual Conference Committee
Gayle Oshrin, Annual Conference Co-Chair
Olsi Vrapi, Annual Conference Co-Chair
Victor D. Nieblas Pradis, AILA First Vice-President
Grace Akers Woods, AILA Director of Education
Enforcement/Due Process Sessions
Olsi Vrapi, ChairChair
Ilana Etkin Greenstein
B. John Ovink
Nancy Alaine Peterson
Joseph S. Porta
Deborah S. Smith
Matthew J. Maiona, Chair
Robert J. Casazza, Jr.
Leslie Tuttle DiTrani
Laura A. Edgerton
Elizabeth L.A. Garvish
Jonathan S. Greene
Matthew I. Hirsch
Alyssa C. Reed
Michelle Saenz Rodriguez
Lisa Helen York
David Grunblatt, Chair
Sharon R. Mehlman, Vice-Chair
Diana C. Bauerle
Kathleen L. Grzegorek
Mary Carmen R. Madrid Crost
Sarah K. Peterson Strensrud
Kristina K. Rost
Jennifer A. Salomon
Suzanne B. Seltzer
Fundamentals & Special Sessions
Kelli Jo Stump, Chair
Adam J. Rosen
Heather N. Segal
Elaine H. Witty
Contributing Advisor, Law Practice Sessions
Reid Trautz, Director, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center