“Let’s Talk About Crimes”: CIMTs in a Nutshell

“Let’s Talk About Crimes”: CIMTs in a Nutshell

“Let’s Talk About Crimes”: CIMTs in a Nutshell (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 03/07/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

A “crime involving moral turpitude” (CIMT) is a technical term, with no precise definition, that has been interpreted by courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals throughout the years. Our panelists for this beginner-to-intermediate seminar will discuss the rules surrounding CIMTs, updates in the law, and best practices for dealing with offenses that may (or may not) be considered a CIMT.

Featured Topics:

  • How to analyze convictions
  • The categorical approach
  • Divisibility and the modified categorical approach
  • Single scheme rule and when it applies

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Sabrina R. Damast (DL), AILA Southern California Chapter Chair/Amicus Committee Chair, Los Angeles, CA

Sabrina R. Damast is a lawyer based in Los Angeles, CA, focusing on removal defense, federal litigation (including de novo naturalization litigation and challenges to the doctrine of consular nonreviewability), appeals, family-based immigration, asylum, humanitarian immigration, and post-conviction relief. She is a California certified specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. She currently serves as chair of the AILA SoCal chapter, chair of the AILA Amicus Committee, and long-time leader of Girl Scout Troop 10395.

Michael Sharma-Crawford, AILA ICE Liaison Committee, Kansas City, MO

Michael Sharma-Crawford has been practicing removal defense with his partner Rekha Sharma-Crawford for the past 20 years. In 2011 they formed The Clinic a 501(c)(3) non-profit law clinic dedicated to representing indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings. Michael is on the AILA National ICE Liaison Committee.

Lisa Chun, Chicago, IL

Lisa Chun is a senior attorney with the Detention Project of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) based in Chicago, IL. She represents detained noncitizens in bond and removal proceedings, habeas petitions, and petitions for review before the circuit courts of appeals. In addition to detention issues, much of her work focuses on the intersection of immigration consequences of criminal convictions a.k.a crimmigration, and fear-based claims. This is her 19th year as a member of AILA.

Kathleen M. Gillespie, Lexington, MA

Kathleen M. Gillespie is a consultant providing legal research, writing, and advisory services to immigration and criminal attorneys. She also serves as a mentor attorney for the Immigration Impact Unit of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. Ms. Gillespie is co-chair of the AILA New England Litigation Committee.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.