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"Your First" Series, Part I: The One-Step Marriage Interview

July 30, 2013
Web Seminar

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"Your First" Series, Part I: The One-Step Marriage Interview

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on July 30, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

Each seminar in the series features a mock interview or hearing, broken down into smaller segments, where experienced AILA practitioners play the roles of client, interviewer, judge and attorney at various stages of the proceedings. After each interview or hearing segment, the panelists issue-spot, dissect what went wrong or right and recommend how best to prepare your clients for the process. This three-part seminar series is designed for newer immigration practitioners and more experienced practitioners who are looking to expand into new areas of immigration law.

This seminar features a mock USCIS interview for a marriage-based adjustment case and panel discussion of the following topics:

  • Burden of Proof (I-130 & I-485)
  • The Attorney's Role in the Interview
  • Prepping Your Client
  • Common Pitfalls: Separate Residences, Criminal History, etc.
  • Ethical Issues: Bona Fide Relationship, False Testimony, and Criminal History
  • Best Resources for Attorneys

Special Seminar Series Offer!
Receive 20% off the total price when you register for the live web seminar series entitled “Your First.” The three-part series takes place on July 30 (Part I), August 13 (Part II), and August 27 (Part III). In order to receive the discount online, you must put all three seminars in your Cart; upon checkout you will automatically receive the discount. If you register for them separately online, you will not receive the discount. In order to receive the discount offline, you must use the special registration form. Please fax the form to AILA National using the fax number provided on the form. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount.ny of the individual publications. Cannot be combined with other offers.


Nancy Alaine Peterson (dl), St. Paul, MN
Nancy Alaine Peterson is a solo practitioner in St Paul, MN. She has practiced immigration law for the past 22 years. She represents persons in removal defense cases, including appeals, family-based immigration, naturalization, petitions under VAWA, U visas, and asylum. Ms. Peterson has presented at several immigration law seminars over the past 14 years. She is involved as a mentor attorney at Advocates for Human Rights and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2007. She is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is fluent in Spanish.

Joseph S. Porta, Los Angeles, CA
Joseph S. Porta is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits. He has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2000, and is the immediate past chair for the AILA Southern California Chapter. His practice focuses on deportation defense and federal appeals although his practice covers all aspects of immigration law. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and the University of California at Irvine.

Jacqueline L. Watson, Austin, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson is a native of El Paso and undergraduate alum of the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law. After years as a public interest attorney, she joined the firm of Hines & Leigh in 2004, during which time she became Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law. Jacqueline is now an associate with the Law Office of Thomas Esparza, Jr. in Austin, Texas.

Seminar Recording

Included with registration, participants in the live seminar will receive a free downloadable recording of the seminar. It will be available in participant's Agora Digital Library approximately 4-7 business days from the seminar date.

Registration & Pricing

  Registration Price
AILA Member/International Associates $129.00
AILA Members’ Paralegals $129.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $129.00
AILA Law Student Members $129.00
Nonmember Attorneys $199.00
Other Nonmembers $199.00
Nonprofit Nonmembers $199.00
Nonmember Law Students $199.00

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The “Your First” Series, Part I: The One-Step Marriage Interview" web seminar takes place Tuesday, July 30, 2013 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 7/29/2013.

Tuition Assistance

Full and partial tuition assistance will be offered to participants based on need and availability for all audio and web seminars. Please complete the tuition assistance application for consideration.

CLE Credit

AILA will file for CLE and specialized credit in all jurisdictions with mandatory CLE and specialized requirements. More details about specific approvals will be available here closer to the seminar date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations: No refunds will be given after the seminar has started.

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