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Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings

Monday August 12

  • By: PLI
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    810 7th Avenue
    21st Floor
    New York City and Webinar, NY
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  • Source: New York

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Why you should attend

With more than 300,000 deportation and removal cases initiated by U.S. immigration authorities each year, immigrants in the United States need competent and knowledgeable representation in this important area of law. Over half of those facing removal proceedings are unrepresented, and studies have shown that those without legal representation face a significantly higher risk of removal, regardless of eligibility for relief. In response to the acute need for trained attorneys to defend the record number of immigrants facing removal, prominent members of the bar and bench have called for more pro bono work to be done to fill the gap.

This program will provide panels of nationally-recognized experts to impart a comprehensive, nuts and bolts overview of how to most effectively defend immigrants facing removal proceedings.

Program Chair

  • Parisa Karaahmet - Fragomen Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

What you will learn

  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its use in removal proceedings
  • Defending children, what are the options? An update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other related applications
  • Practical examples of ethical problems in removal practice
  • Building a case for relief: how to prepare a winning waiver application for clients with criminal convictions
  • Pitfalls for asylum applicants and how to avoid them, firm resettlement, the one year filing deadline, social group, and other hot topics
  • Updates on immigration related legislation in 2013. Will we finally see Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Who should attend

This program will benefit lawyers who represent immigrant clients facing removal proceedings.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

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PLI Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available for judges, judicial law clerks, law professors, law students, attorneys 65 or older, law librarians, attorneys who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Live Seminar, Webcast or CLE Now (On-Demand Web Programs) you wish to attend. For additional information on scholarships and to download the scholarship application form, please visit our website: To register for a program, call PLI's Customer Service Department at (800) 260-4754 or register online at When registering please refer to CODE: RCN1-8ACS9

  • CLE Credit Comments: 7 Professional Practice Credits; 1 Ethics Credit

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Volunteer Profile

Kate Powers is an associate in the litigation department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as a Notes Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She currently volunteers with Her Justice in New York. Read More

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