Prosecutorial Discretion Policy Implementation Update-CD

Prosecutorial Discretion Policy Implementation Update-CD

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Update on Implementation of Prosecutorial Discretion Policy [Audio Seminar]

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented live on February 16, 2012


This panel provides an overview of the history and guidance surrounding prosecutorial discretion, the policy as announced by the Obama Administration, and information since its implementation in the well-publicized announcements in 2011.

  • Prosecutorial Discretion—Guidance Memoranda from Meissner to Morton 2000-2011
  • Implementation Since June 2011 Guidance
  • Agency Resistance and ICE Union Statements on Policy
  • Reports from the Field—How Districts Exercise Discretion
  • Political Response—Will the Policy Survive 2012?
  • EOIR and Prosecutorial Discretion—IJ Response



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, and WY. Programs are typically approved.
  • Attorneys must apply individually for approval of OnDemand programs in the following states: FL, ID, ND, PR, and UT.
  • Not Eligible for CLE: AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, MS, SC, TN, TX and VA.

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Kathleen Gasparian (dl), Metairie, LA

Kathleen Gasparian

Kathleen Gasparian, Senior Associate Attorney at David Ware & Assoc., LLC, earned her law degree in 2002 from Loyola University in New Orleans. She then served in the Attorney General's Honors Program as a judicial law clerk for EOIR. She has co-authored several articles on various aspects of immigration law and frequently presents on a variety of immigration issues. She is a past Chair of the AILA Mid-South Chapter. She currently serves on the AILA National EOIR Liaison Committee.

Mary Kenney, AIC Senior Staff Attorney, Washington, DC

Mary Kenney is a senior staff attorney with the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center. Ms. Kenney has litigated cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal courts around the country. Prior to joining the American Immigration Council, she served as executive director of the Texas Lawyers’ Committee, a statewide immigrant and refugee rights project. She also worked as a legal services attorney in West Virginia.

David W. Leopold, AILA Immediate Past President, Cleveland, OH

David W. Leopold's diverse practice focuses on business immigration, consular law, removal defense, and federal court litigation. He is a regular contributor to the AILA Leadership Blog where he frequently comments on cutting edge immigration issues. His columns, opinions, and analysis also frequently appear in major media including,,,; and You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLeopold.

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