Representing the Criminal-Alien Client

Thursday January 31

  • 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

You are accepting these cases, but do you really know how to best represent the criminal-alien client? This panel discusses understanding the analysis, utilizing the burden of proof to your advantage, drafting effective motions to terminate, and an update from the courts on waiver eligibility. This seminar complements the latest and fully updated edition of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants, which will be released in December of 2012. Topics include:

  • Has DHS Properly Charged Your Client?
    -Arriving Alien Status vs. 237 Proceedings
    -Defining "Admission"
  • Contesting Mandatory Detention
    -The Joseph Hearing and Burdens of Proof
    -Questioning Indefinite Detention
  • Contesting Removability
    -Categorical and Modified Categorical Approaches --What These Terms Mean?
    -Circumstance-Specific Approach and the Missing Element Test
  • Update on Relief --212(h) and 212(c) eligibility


  • Mary E. Kramer (dl), AILA Author, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, Miami, FL
  • Jodi Goodwin, Harlingen, TX
  • Jeff Joseph, Aurora, CO

Registration & Pricing:

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

You can register for this event quickly and securely online by adding this item to your cart and paying by credit card or e-check. If for some reason you need to mail or fax in your registration, you can also download and complete a registration form. If you register online, do not also mail in a registration form. The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 1/30/13.

Tuition Assistance:
Full and partial tuition assistance will be offered to participants based on need and availability for all audio and web seminars. Please complete the tuition assistance application for consideration.

  • CLE Credit Comments: 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, 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 Florida. Programs are typically approved For more information about CLE credit, please email