When the Petitioner Becomes the Target: Strategies for Presenting Petitions Impacted by the Adam Walsh Act

Tuesday November 13

  • By: American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 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

Designed to "protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children," the Adam Walsh Act made several revisions to the Immigration and Nationality Act, making U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents with certain criminal convictions disqualified from filing visa petitions for their family members or fiancées. After its issuance of Standard Operating Procedures for cases adjudicated under the Adam Walsh Act, USCIS has increased the pace of adjudications of these petitions, decreasing its backlog of these petitions, while also raising many complicated legal issues that are ripe for federal court litigation. This seminar will help practitioners navigate the labyrinth of legal issues involved in petitions that are potentially barred under the Adam Walsh Act.

  • What Is the Adam Walsh Act and How Might It Impact Your Family-Based Petition?
  • How Do You Analyze a Case Under the Adam Walsh Act?
  • Who Has the Burden of Proof? What Is the Legal Standard?
  • Legal Questions Ripe for Litigation: Adult vs. Child Beneficiaries, Retroactivity, Violation of the Petitioner's Constitutional Rights
  • What Is the Nature and Scope of BIA and Federal Court Jurisdiction?
  • What Are the Grounds for Relief in Federal Court?


  • Dree K. Collopy (dl), AILA Distance Learning Committee, Washington, DC
    Dree K. Collopy is a partner at Benach Ragland LLP, where she represents clients in removal proceedings, asylum matters, federal court litigation, and complex adjustment and naturalization matters. She serves on local and national AILA committees, and is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration law-related topics. Dree has a J.D. and Certificate in Law and Public Policy from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College.
  • Mark Barr, Denver CO
    Mark Barr is an associate at Lichter Immigration, where he focuses on the representation of removable aliens, contested family and naturalization applications, administrative appeals, and related federal litigation.
  • Jonathan Eric Garde, Las Vegas, NV
    Mr. Garde graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1992. He directed the Lutheran Social Ministry Immigration Project in Las Vegas before commencing private practice in 1995. His work with Central American refugees during the 1980s preceded travel to El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua before and during law school. He has published on a variety of topics, litigates frequently, and is admitted to the Nevada Federal District Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Registration & Pricing:
Special Offer for Federal Court Litigation Section members! Receive 25% off the total price when you register for the November 13 live web seminar entitled "When the Petitioner Becomes the Target: Strategies for Presenting Petitions Impacted by the Adam Walsh Act." You must use the special registration form to register and receive the discount. Please fax the form to AILA National using the fax number located on the form.

  • AILA Members: $129
  • Non-AILA Members: $199

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  • CLE Credit Comments: *Please note, 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, please visit the CLE Center. To view CLE eligibility and the number of credits you may claim for completing this 90-minute seminar, please visit webCLE. Florida - Attorneys must apply individually for approval of live audio/web seminars in FL. Programs are typically approved. For more information about CLE credit, please email cle@aila.org.