Introduction to Deportation Defense: The Basics (San Francisco)

Friday November 16

  • By: Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Golden Gate University
    536 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
    415-255-9499 ext. 725
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Are you a lawyer who wants to learn more about representing clients in removal proceedings? Do you want to represent your clients with the confidence that comes from a better understanding of the Immigration Court practices and procedures? This seminar will teach you the nuts and bolts of representing persons in removal proceedings, and provide you with the skills to present a successful case before the Immigration Court. Topics covered:

•Chronology of removal proceedings: Master calendar and individual hearings
•How to respond to a Notice to Appear (NTA), including challenges to proper service
•Overview of the bond process for detained clients
•Overview of Relief Available in Immigration Court and what you need to file
•Voluntary Departure, what you should know before you request it
•Filing Motions to Communicate with the Court
•Other relevant issues including fingerprinting, local operating rules and how to find them, filing applications in court


Angie Junck, ILRC Staff Attorney
At the ILRC, Angie coordinates the Immigrant Youth Project to provide advocacy on behalf of immigrant youth in order to improve their lives and ensure their fair and humane treatment in the United States. She provides trainings, technical assistance, and written materials to immigrant youth and their families, as well as to decision makers and service providers, such as social workers, dependency attorneys, juvenile justice officials, legislators, juvenile and family court judges, and community based groups and advocates. She is an author of various ILRC publications, including A Guide for Immigration Advocates, Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit, and Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship.

Erin Quinn, ILRC Staff Attorney
Erin brings to ILRC over 8 years of experience as an immigration defense attorney and holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan. Prior to opening her own practice in 2007, Ms. Quinn represented immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and guest lecturer at CSU Eastbay.


Raha Jorjani, Staff Attorney and Lecturer - UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic
Raha has defended immigrants from detention and deportation before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Raha focuses primarily on the intersection between Immigration and Criminal Law. In addition to representing immigrants detained primarily on the basis of criminal convictions, she regularly advises and trains public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Raha also provides technical assistance and training to members of the immigration bar on topics related to detention and deportation. Prior to joining the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic in Fall 2007, she was a Staff Attorney with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona. Since October 2009, she has served as In-House Immigration Counsel to the Alameda County Public Defender Office, a cutting-edge defender model that is one of the few of its kind being implemented in California.

Chelsea HaleyNelson, Partner - HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP
Ms. HaleyNelson is a founding partner of HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP, a small law firm in downtown Oakland, California. Her practice focuses on complex immigration removal defense. Ms. HaleyNelson serves as a volunteer attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights' immigration program representing LGBT asylum applicants, a mentor attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights pro bono asylum program, a pro bono attorney for BASF's VIP program and co-counsels with pro bono firms representing victims of worksite enforcement raids. She is also co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco-Bay Area chapter's Immigration Committee, Executive Office for Immigration Review Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Northern California, and Co-Chair of BALIF, the Bay Area's LGBT Bar Association.

  • CLE Credit Comments: 2.75 CA