Immigration Equality’s Asylum 101

  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Dechert LLP, Immigration Equality
  • Source: Pennsylvania (Decommissioned)
  • Immigration

A CLE Seminar entitled Immigration Equality's Asylum 101 will be presented by Dechert LLP and Immigration Equality on February 10, 2014 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM in New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

This program will focus on the nuts and bolts of representing asylum seekers. Specific issues to be covered include: asylum law, procedure, and recent immigration updates; preparing the asylum application; proving persecution; compiling the asylum applicant's declaration, supporting evidence, and country conditions materials; the one year filing deadline and other categorical bars to asylum; and thorny issues in asylum cases. Special attention will be given to the nuances of LGBT and HIV-based asylum claims. There will also be a discussion about the implications that the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act has had on asylum seekers.


Albert R. Chen focuses his practice on investment management in relation to hedge fund, private equity and venture capital fund formation. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Chen worked in the alternative investment funds group of a large international law firm. Mr. Chen's prior experience also includes serving as a pro bono legal fellow at Immigration Equality in New York City and as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada, which reviews refugee determinations by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Paul S. Lee manages Dechert's pro bono program and mentors on a variety of pro bono matters, especially those involving immigration and juvenile law. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Lee served as the pro bono coordinator for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) for three years. He also previously served with an international law firm as a Georgetown Pro Bono Fellow.

Aaron C. Morris runs Immigration Equality's pro bono asylum project and provides technical assistance and mentoring on LGBT and HIV immigration issues to attorneys around the country. He supervises the in-house legal team, and advocates for policy reform within the immigration system. Aaron is a graduate of the American University's Washington College of Law and the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Immigration Equality, he was an immigration staff attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Currently, Aaron is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York City Bar Association's Committee on LGBT Rights.

More Information and Registration

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE credit is pending in CA, IL, NC, NY, NJ, PA and TX.
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