UHLC immigration clinic hosts national seminar on humanitarian relief issues 



LogoMarch 17, 2015 – The University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic is co-sponsoring a national seminar in April focusing on criminal and public safety issues that may block humanitarian relief for undocumented immigrants.

The day-long Continuing Legal Education (CLE) skills program, “Criminal and Immigration Bars to Humanitarian Relief,” is co-sponsored by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

“This is a timely event on important and current topics designed to inform the immigration bar about select forms of humanitarian relief and criminal bars,” said Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the UHLC Immigration Clinic, who is also a speaker at the event. “We are happy to be co-hosting this event with the National Immigration Project, which is well-known for its advocacy and leadership among immigration attorneys.”

The program will include an overview of select forms of humanitarian immigration relief, with emphasis on identifying and analyzing criminal offenses and public safety issues that may trigger a bar to such forms of relief.

Sessions will focus on deferred action programs, including executive actions such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Expanded DACA, and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, and other humanitarian relief such as U and T visas for victims of crime. A panel also will discuss complex issues of expedited removal and reinstatement of removal. The program will conclude with a session on family detention, especially bond strategies.

Speakers include Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Nancy Falgout, Carlos M. Garcia, Barbara Hines, Hoffman, Ellen Kemp, Dan Kesselbrenner, Javier Maldonado, Ranjana Natarajan, Trina Realmuto, JJ Rosenbaum, Rosa Saavedra Vanacore, Paromita Shah, Frances Valdez, and Sejal Zota.

Attendees may earn 6 hours of CLE credit. The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 10, in Krost Hall at the University of Houston Law Center, 4800 Calhoun Road.

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