FOIA Requests—Searching for Transparency-Downloadable Recording

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FOIA Requests—Searching for Transparency

This 90 minute audio seminar was recorded live on May 23, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

Knowing what has transpired in a client's past is often the key to planning an appropriate immigration strategy. However, in today's world, obtaining what you need from the government, let alone within the time it is needed, can be a daunting task. This seminar is intended to help practitioners navigate the difficult FOIA highway. FOIA requests vs. Privacy Act requests --What's the difference?

  • Filing with DHS --CBP, USCIS, and ICE Requests
  • Filing with DOJ and DOL --EOIR and ETA-OFLC Requests
  • When the Government Refuses to Disclose --Filing an Appeal for Withholding of Information
  • Alternative Ways to Obtain Information --Immigration Court File Review
  • Update on Litigation --Dent v. Holder, AIC-AILA vs. DHS, etc.

CLE Information

Please note that your jurisdiction may limit OnDemand credit depending on the date of the original presentation. Please view the OnDemand Downloadable and CD-Rom Expiration Chart for more details.

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  • AILA applies for accreditation upon attorneys request after participation for the following states: DE, KY, RI, VA, and WY. Programs are typically approved.
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Jeffrey A. Devore (dl), Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jeffrey A. Devore is the managing partner of the Devore Law Group in West Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens), Florida where his practice is limited to matters involving Immigration and Nationality law. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by The Florida Bar, AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Florida Super Lawyer, and listed in Who's Who Legal for his immigration law expertise. Mr. Devore is a past chair of AILA's South Florida chapter, a former member of AILA's Board of Governors, and serves on AILA's Practice Management Committee.

Melissa Crow, AIC Legal Action Center Director, Washington, DC
Melissa Crow is the Director of the Legal Action Center at the American Immigration Council. She served previously as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy during the 2007 debates on comprehensive immigration reform.
Justin Cox, Staff Attorney, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, Atlanta, GA
Justin Cox is an Atlanta-based staff attorney at the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, where he is helping to develop and prosecute legal responses to anti-immigrant legislation, policies, and practices throughout the Southeast. Mr. Cox is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he currently serves as a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law.

Margaret Deborah Stock, Anchorage, AK
Margaret Deborah Stock is an Alaska attorney and retired military officer, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has been an AILA member since 1993. Ms. Stock has testified before Congress and authored numerous articles on immigration and the U.S. military. She conceived and implemented the DOD recruiting program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). Ms. Stock earned the AILA Pro Bono Award for her work in starting AILA MAP. She holds a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

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