Dealing with Difficult Judges, Difficult Examiners

  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: AILA
  • This event takes place telephonically.
  • Source: Immigration Advocates Network > IAN Nonprofit Resource Center
  • Immigration

When faced with an adverse Immigration Judge or USCIS examiner, what do you need to do to best represent your client? How does one deal with bias or prejudice? What are the procedures and case law on recusal of a Judge? What are the permissible parameters that apply to USCIS examiners when conducting interviews? Join this panel to obtain advice on how best to manage difficult judges, difficult examiners.
Topics Include:

  • Identifying Bias or Prejudice and Making the Record
  • Motions for New Hearings and Recusal of Immigration Judges
  • Guidance from the EOIR Practice Manual, Immigration Judges Benchbook, and USCIS Adjudications Manual
  • Ex Parte Communication and Evidence Outside the Record
  • What Are the Limits for a Stokes Interview
  • Filing Complaints with EOIR and USCIS
  • When to Request a New Examiner or Seek Supervisory Review
  • Proving Prejudicial Conduct on Appeal

- Gregory Romanovsky (dl), Boston, MA
Gregory Romanovsky was recently selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mr. Romanovsky received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 2000. He currently serves as Chair of the Litigation Committee of the New England Chapter of AILA. Besides his work at Romanovsky Law, Mr. Romanovsky has been working with the Mayor's Office for the City of Boston to provide free immigration consultations to recent immigrants.
- Andres Benach, Washington, DC
Andres Benach is a partner in the employment and immigration practice at Duane Morris LLP, concentrating on litigation matters before the federal and immigration courts, specifically in complex matters regarding removability, inadmissibility, citizenship, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He has over 10 years of immigration experience handling matters involving naturalization, asylum, removal, adjustment of status, and waivers of inadmissibility. Mr. Benach is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and Boston College.
- Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Kansas City, MO
Rekha Sharma-Crawford is a partner with Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, LLC, in Kansas City. She received her J.D. in 1993 from DCL at Michigan State. Rekha started her career as an assistant district attorney and has been practicing complex immigration litigation since 2000. She litigates aggressively on behalf of non-citizens in the Immigration Court, the BIA and the Appeals Court.
(dl) = discussion leader. * = invited, not yet confirmed.

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