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Suing the Racketeers: Using RICO to Protect Our Clients

August 23, 2012
Web Seminar

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Special Offer for Federal Court Litigation Section members! Receive 25% off the total price when you register for the August 23 live web seminar entitled the “Suing the Racketeers: Using RICO to Protect Our Clients.” You must use the special registration form to register and receive the discount. Please fax the form to AILA National using the fax number located on the form.

Suing the Racketeers: Using RICO to Protect Our Clients [Web Seminar]

This 90-minute web seminar was originally presented Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

RICO is not just a law that criminalizes the acts of those involved in an ongoing criminal organization. It can also be used to bring civil actions against them. This seminar will provide a rich overview of the RICO Act with guidance on how it can be used against those who hurt immigration clients, i.e., notarios, traffickers, abusive employers.

  • Overview of RICO
  • RICO Offenses Related to Immigration
  • How to Proceed with a RICO Lawsuit
  • Treble Damages, Costs, Attorney Fees


Marlene A. Dougherty, Brownsville, TX
Marlene A. Dougherty practices in Brownsville, TX. Her focus is chiefly on victim and family immigration. She is admitted to practice before the Connecticut Bar; U.S. District Courts for Connecticut and the Southern District of Texas; the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. She just finished serving her fourth term on AILA’s Consumer Protection and Authorized Practice of Law Committee.

Margaret H. McCormick, AILA Past President, Chicago, IL
Margaret H. (Peggy) McCormick, principal of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, was national president of AILA (1997-98) and the AIC (1999-2003). An adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, she teaches worksite enforcement & immigration and a class on immigration law. She is second vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

Jeffrey E. Grell, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jeffrey E. Grell is the managing partner of the law firm of Grell & Feist LLC. The firm practices primarily in the areas of immigration law, commercial litigation, and racketeering. Since 1999, Mr. Grell has been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches a course on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Mr. Grell is also the author and publisher of Grell on RICO and the website,

AILA Members: $129*
Non-AILA Members: $199*

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The "Suing the Racketeers: Using RICO to Protect Our Clients" web seminar takes place Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the times noted below:

2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

CLE Information

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CLE credit available upon State approval of each seminar: AILA applies for credit in the following states: DE, IA, ID, IL, KY, MN, NC, NE, OH, PR, RI, WI, and WY. Please visit webCLE for the latest details on approvals webCLE.

  • Attorneys must apply individually for approval of live audio/web seminars in FL
  • Not Eligible for CLE: KS

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