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"Your First" Series, Part III: The Asylum Interview

August 27, 2013
Web Seminar

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“Your First” Series, Part III: The Asylum Interview

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on August 27, 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 asylum interview and panel discussion of the following topics:

  • Burden of Proof (Asylum, Withholding, CAT)
  • The Attorney's Role in the Interview
  • Prepping Your Client
  • Common Pitfalls: EWI and Proving Entry Date, Missed One-Year Deadline, etc.
  • Ethical Issues: False Documents or Statements, and Psychological Problems or Client's Competency
  • 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.


    Hiroko Kusuda (dl), New Orleans, LA
    Hiroko Kusuda is a Clinic Professor of Loyola New Orleans College of Law's Immigration Law Clinic. She was Detention Attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) between 2002 and 2009. Member of AILA since 1993, Ms. Kusuda has served as Treasurer and INS/ICE Liaison for AILA's Midsouth Chapter. She is a graduate of Tulane Law School.

    Pamela Goldberg, Washington, DC
    Pamela Goldberg is Acting Senior Protection Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office Washington, D.C. UNHCR is the UN agency charged with protecting and assisting the world's refugees and finding solutions to their problems. Ms. Goldberg leads the U.S. Protection Unit, which serves as a resource to policymakers in drafting and implementing refugee protection measures, monitors U.S. compliance with international standards of refugee protection, and assists asylum seekers and their representatives in presenting claims in the U.S. Among her areas of expertise are gender and human rights issues and issues concerning children in the context of refugee and asylum law. Before coming to UNHCR she served on the faculty of the City University of New York School of Law for 14 years.

    Judy London, Los Angeles, CA
    Judy London is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Immigrants' Rights Project. From 1996 to 2000, she was the Legal Director of the Central American Resource Center ("CARECEN") in Los Angeles and focused her work on securing enactment of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act ("NACARA"). She joined Public Counsel in 2002, where she has expanded the agency's SIJS and detention work, while increasing pro bono representation for asylum-seekers and crime victims seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA") and the Victims of Trafficking and Violent Crime Prevention Act ("VTVPA"). She is an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of law where she teachers a clinical course on immigration law, focusing on the representation of asylum-seekers. She received her law degree from UCLA in 1990 and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1985.

    Mark R. von Sternberg, New York, NY
    Mark R. von Sternberg is a senior attorney with Catholic Charities Community Services/Archdiocese of New York where he concentrates on litigation before the immigration courts and the BIA. He is a faculty member at Pace University School of Law where he teaches general immigration and comparative refugee law as well as at St. John's and New York Law Schools where he teaches immigrant and refugee rights clinics. In 2002, he received the AILA Pro Bono Award.

    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 III: The Asylum Interview" web seminar takes place Tuesday, August 27, 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 8/26/2013.

    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 Information

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    To view CLE eligibility and the number of credits you may claim for completing this 90-minute seminar, please visit webCLE.

    • Florida - Attorneys must apply individually for approval of live audio/web seminars in Florida. Programs are typically approved

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    Cancellation Policy

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

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