June 14, 2018 — University of Houston Law Center Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman emphasized the significance of federal litigation in immigration cases during a recent continuing legal education discussion available online.
Hoffman, director of the Law Center's Immigration Clinic, was joined by Susan Watson, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
"The importance of learning about possible avenues in the federal courts, at the district court level and on appeal, has never been more relevant and important for immigrants," Hoffman said. "Judicial review over certain immigration issues is a complex and often difficult subject to navigate.
"Immigration courts, which are not Article III courts, can only provide some remedies. Others have to be pursued through a petition to the federal courts, which may in certain instances provide relief."
Hoffman's portion of the presentation focused on writs of habeas corpus, petitions for reviews, mandamus, the Administrative Procedure Act, declaratory judgment, and Equal Access to Justice Act fees.
"CILA is grateful to Professor Hoffman for sharing his expertise in federal litigation with attorneys that represent children in their immigration cases," said Dalia Castillo-Granados, CILA's director and a 2008 graduate of the Law Center. "It is critical for advocates of this vulnerable population to use every tool available to them, especially now when their protections are being eroded." The discussion was presented by the Children's Immigration Law Academy, a branch of the American Bar Association.
Viewers of webinar are eligible for 1.5 hours of Texas continuing legal education credit. The presentation will be available online until April 25, 2019. Contact Angelica Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for the course number to obtain credit.