E-learning Course: Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

Monday April 15 , 2013

  • By: CLINIC
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    This event takes place online.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States

This four-week training provides an in-depth examination of the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases. The training will cover the crime-based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes. We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the "residual clause" or as a matter of discretion. The course starts on March 18 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on March 25. Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@cliniclegal.org.

Training Level:
Advanced. This is an in-depth look at the requirements for good moral character in naturalization cases for the practitioner who already understands the basic requirements for naturalization. Familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here. Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course.

Cost and Registration:

  • $200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
  • $225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
  • $325 per person for private attorneys and staff

Register by clicking here. The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training. Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course. We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form. Space is limited. The deadline for registration is March 13, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at aabella@cliniclegal.org.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.