MW23: Respectful Approaches to Difference and Diversity

MW23: Respectful Approaches to Difference and Diversity

Release Date: 01/20/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
MP4 62 min. Yes

Immigration law can be stressful for practitioners and clients alike. Panelists will focus on how we can be more mindful of our own implicit biases and how they can damage our client relationships. They will discuss approaches to “nontraditional” families, including challenging our own and USCIS’s preconceptions about relationships. They also will examine how our socioeconomic biases lead to frustrations over client “noncompliance” with evidence gathering, and they will identify best practices in dealing with pronouns and gender labels.

  • Gender equity and inclusivity in your practice and community
    • Gender as a social construct
    • Gender inclusive language
    • Best practices and strategies for equity and inclusion regarding gender
  • Racial bias
  • Cultural bias
  • USCIS’s acceptance of “nontraditional” families, including polyamorous relationships

Please review the following information:

  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys’ request after participation for the following states: AR, DE, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, OR, TN and WY. Programs are typically approved.
  • Florida and Rhode Island - Attorneys must apply on their own for approval of seminars in FL and RI. Programs are typically approved.
  • The OnDemand Recording format does not qualify for CLE credit in the following jurisdictions: MO and PR. Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit based on the date of the original presentation. View the OnDemand Downloadable Expiration Chart for more details.

Eligible participants can receive up to 1.2 elimination of bias credits in 50-minute jurisdictions and 1 elimination of bias credit in 60-minute jurisdictions. AILA will administer CLE credit only to individuals who register and log into the web seminar. AILA cannot verify your attendance and participation in this program unless you register directly for the web seminar and use your name to log in to participate in the program. Therefore, persons who log in or listen in on the web seminar as part of a group will not be able to obtain CLE credit.

Please note that your jurisdiction may limit the amount of distance learning credit you can earn. To view details on your jurisdiction's credit restrictions and CLE requirements, visit the CLE Center. The 2023 AILA Midwinter Conference Recordings are valid through December 31st, 2023.

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