VAWA Self-Petitions and Battered Spouse Waivers

  • Domestic Violence
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)
  • Immigration
  • Pro Bono Program/Legal Services Organization

You must be an attorney at one of inMotion's Corporate Partner firms in order to participate in this training.

Attorneys will be trained to represent immigrant women who are domestic violence victims and who are eligible for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections in immigration proceedings. Procedural and substantive aspects of these cases will be discussed in detail. Training manual and sample documents will be provided.

VAWA cases typically consist of two stages: an initial petition on submission and an adjustment interview before an administrative body. Pro bono attorneys handling VAWA cases are required to handle their clients' cases through both phases, as well as the immigration cases for their clients' children who may be living abroad or in the United States.

Attorneys are expected to commit to taking a case pro bono, either individually or with another attorney, if not already handling an immigration case referred by inMotion.

CLE Credit Comments: 2.5 CLE credits upon course completion 1.0 skills / 1.0 professional practice / 0.5 ethics Up to 10 CLE pro bono credits for providing an inMotion client with direct legal representation (1 skills credit for every 120 minutes, up to a maximum of 10 credits per attorney registration period)