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The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Court/What to Do When You Receive a Notice to Appear

December 13, 2012
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The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Court/What to Do When You Receive a Notice to Appear

This 90 minute audio seminar was presented live on December 13, 2012, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created on January 9, 1983. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. This panel will discuss how to prepare for representing a client in Immigration Court, including responding to a Notice to Appear and requesting remedies for Relief from Removal.

  • Types of Hearings: Common Terms
  • Preparing for the Master Calendar Hearing
  • Structure of the Order to Show Cause/Notice to Appear
  • So, Do We/Can We Agree?
    • Is Your Client Eligible for Relief?
    • Talking with the OCC Attorney Assigned to Your Case
  • AILA Resources


Linda A. Cristello (dl), Boston, MA
Linda A. Cristello is a solo practitioner with a concentration in criminal immigration. She is a former employee of the legacy INS Investigations Unit and court clerk with EOIR in Boston. Ms. Cristello has been an active member of AILA since 1991; she has served as chair of the New England Chapter and as a member of the EOIR Liaison Committee. She is a frequent speaker with AILA both at the local and national level.

Cynthia A. Aziz, Charlotte, NC
Cynthia A. Aziz founded Aziz Law Firm, P.A. in 1990. She is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in immigration and nationality law. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and her J.D. from the New England School of Law in Boston. Cynthia has been an AILA member for over 20 years and is a former chapter chair. She currently serves as the AILA Carolinas Chapter liaison to the Charlotte immigration court.

Bryony Heise, AILA EOIR Liaison Committee, Denver, CO
Bryony Heise is managing partner of Aretz & Heise Immigration, LLC. She has served as EOIR Liaison for the AILA Colorado Chapter, and currently serves on the AILA National EOIR Liaison Committee. Ms. Heise received her J.D. and M.A. in International Human Rights from the University of Denver (2008).

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The "Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Court/What to Do When You Receive a Notice to Appear " web seminar takes place Thursday, December 13, 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

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 12/12/12.

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