Filing and Litigating a Successful Circuit Court Appeal

Filing and Litigating a Successful Circuit Court Appeal

Filing and Litigating a Successful Circuit Court Appeal - Seminar Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 11/01/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

When the odds at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) are stacked against your case, sometimes seeking judicial review is the only way your client will get a fighting chance. Panelists will impart their expert knowledge and insight on successfully litigating appellate cases in federal circuit court. They will cover the initial steps of filing a circuit court petition for review, explain when to seek a stay of removal, and provide written samples. They also will share critical tips to writing a winning brief and preparing a persuasive oral argument so you, too, can advocate for your client like an expert.

Featured Topics:

  • How to Prepare and File a Petition for Review and Stay of Removal: Step-by-Step Guidance from Timing to Jurisdiction to Templates, Including Electronic Filing Tips
  • Petition for Review Timeline: Administrative Record, Briefing Schedule, Motions, Mediation, Extensions, Oral Argument, and Mandate
  • Standards of Review at the Circuit Court and Deference to Administrative Agencies
  • Essential Resources: Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Local Rules
  • Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion and/or Dealing with Collateral Issues and Alternate Relief: Timing and Process

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Amanda Waterhouse (DL), AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee Chair, Houston, TX

Amanda Waterhouse is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston Law Center. She has been practicing immigration law since 2007 and is a founder and partner at Waterhouse Dominguez & Strom, PLLC. Ms. Waterhouse is admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She serves as chair of the AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee.

Mark R. Barr, AILA Amicus Committee, Denver, CO

Mark R. Barr is a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s respected Amicus Committee, authoring, co-authoring and coordinating amicus briefing and litigation strategies before various Federal courts on issues of critical importance to immigration law and policy. Mr. Barr lectures locally and nationally on issues related to removal defense, asylum, and federal litigation of immigration matters.

Rex Chen, New York, NY

Rex Chen (he/him) is the Immigration Director for Legal Services NYC, the largest civil legal service provider in the country. He won a precedential Third Circuit appeal in 2008 (and has lost some precedential circuit court appeals). He is Asian-American, Taiwanese-American, and is known for suppression motions, termination motions, discovery demands, and helping sue EOIR in 2020 about Covid risks. He's on AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section steering committee.

Sarah Vanessa Perez, Montebello, CA

Sarah Vanessa Perez is an experienced immigration and criminal defense practitioner. Her practice areas include removal and criminal defense for non-citizens, broad representation before USCIS, including U-Visas, VAWA, and SIJS petitions, starting at the state-court level. Her appellate practice includes appeals before the BIA and at both the 5th and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Perez received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (2009).

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.

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