UHLC Immigration clinic co-hosts advocacy and media training seminar 

Nov. 25, 2015 – The University of Houston Law Center is hosting a two-part seminar Dec. 15 to teach immigration attorneys how to effectively advocate for immigration reform with elected officials as well as how to deal successfully with the media.

The three-hour seminar is sponsored by the UHLC Immigration Clinic and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Attendees will be awarded three hours of CLE credit.

“I welcome AILA to the Law Center for this CLE, given the importance of these issues for society and the development of the law in this crucial area,”   said Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the immigration clinic.

The advocacy training session will provide an update on the status of immigration reform in Congress, the White House and on selected state and local immigration issues.  It also will provide tools and tips for establishing relationships with elected officials and improving advocacy techniques. Participants also will be able to share ideas and develop plans for future collaborations.

One of the presenters will be Melina Roche, the grassroots advocacy associate for AILA.  Prior to joining AILA in June 2015, Roche worked for three years at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New Jersey, overseeing its numerous issue-based advocacy campaigns as well as direct community services.

The media and social media training session will provide tools needed to seek press coverage or to respond to media inquiries; information on how to build an online presence through social media; and explore issues to consider before relating client information to the media. Participants will be able to discuss and analyze on-camera interviews and, if time permits, participate in mock interviews. 

Presenters are Belle Woods, AILA communications manager at the national office in Washington, D.C., and Ellie Rutledge Silver, the new media associate at AILA.

Woods develops press releases, talking points, opinion pieces and blog posts, PSAs, and other messaging materials. She also handles press inquiries, represents AILA among communications-focused stakeholder groups, disseminates news clips, and coordinates the work of the AILA Media Advocacy and Media Liaison Committees.

Silver develops and executes AILA’s new media strategy involving social media outreach and video production.  She also manages cross-departmental new media projects, assists in media trainings of AILA members across the country, and responds to member inquiries on social media strategies.

The seminar is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dec. 15, in Room 240 BLB at the University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road.  To register visit  RubyPowersLaw.com/RegisterAila.

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