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Administrative Closure: Indefinite Retention and Related Issues

September 12, 2013
Audio Seminar

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  • $199.00

Administrative Closure: Indefinite Retention and Related Issues

This 90 minute audio seminar was presented live on September 12, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

Congratulations! You succeeded in getting your client's removal case administratively closed. Now what? Your client is still technically in removal proceedings, but the case has been put into a deep sleep with no future hearing date. If your client's name is Rip van Winkle, this might make for an amusing story. But for everyone else, the increasingly common use of administrative closure raises novel and challenging questions for immigration practitioners and their clients.

  • Is Admin Closure Right for My Client?
  • Consequences of Refusing Admin Closure (i.e., Negative Discretionary Finding)
  • The Fate of Pending Applications (Asylum, Cancellation, etc.)
  • Employment Authorization and International Travel After Admin Closure
  • Will My Non-DACA Client Get Deferred Action?
  • How to Withdraw Ethically from Admin Closed Cases
  • Restructuring Retainer Agreements to Avoid “Indefinite Retention” in Admin Closed Cases


Rekha Sharma-Crawford (dl), AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Kansas City, MO
Rekha Sharma-Crawford is a partner in the firm of Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, LLC, in Kansas City. She received her JD in 1993 from DCL at Michigan State. Rekha started her litigation career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kansas. She has been practicing in the immigration litigation field since 2000 Rekha and her partner litigate on behalf of non-citizens in the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and the Courts of Appeals. Rekha is known for her aggressive representation and handling of complex legal issues in immigration and criminal consequences for non-citizens.

Mark Barr, AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Denver, CO
Mark Barr is an associate at Lichter Immigration, where he focuses on the representation of removable aliens, contested family and naturalization applications, administrative appeals, and related federal litigation.

Elizabeth Holmes, Bloomington, MN
Elizabeth Holmes is a senior associate with Karam Law in Bloomington, MN. She is the current and past chair of the asylum committee of the MN/ Dakota chapter. Ms Holmes received her J.D. from Hamline School of Law in 1999.

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  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 "Administrative Closure: Indefinite Retention and Related Issues" audio seminar takes place Thursday, September 12, 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 9/11/2013.

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