ABCs of Representing Children in Immigration Cases-Downloadable Recording

ABCs of Representing Children in Immigration Cases-Downloadable Recording

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The ABCs of Representing Children in Immigration Cases

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented live on February 10, 2011.

This intermediate level panel will discuss the unique ethical and practical issues which arise in the representation of children in immigration proceedings, and will discuss some legal options for children without status in the United States.

  • Ethical Rules for Attorneys Representing Minor Children
  • Rules Governing the Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors in the United States
  • Rules Relating to the Conduct of Removal Proceedings for Minor Children
  • Special Immigrant Juveniles
  • Limits on Adoption as a Remedy in Immigration Court
  • Imputing a Parent’s Residence to a Child for the Purpose of Cancellation of Removal and Temporary Protected Status
  • Unlawful Presence for Children and the Permanent Bar
  • INA 301(f)—The Foundling Statute

AILA has not applied for and is not administering CLE credit for this OnDemand program. However, CLE self-study credit may be available in your jurisdiction. Please check your jurisdiction’s CLE rules on the AILA CLE Center for more information.


Laura F. Bachman (dl), Tulsa, OK

Laura F. Bachman is a staff attorney with the Boesche Legal Clinic of the University of Tulsa College of Law. She coordinates the Clinic's Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN). With TIRN, Laura represents immigrants before USCIS and EOIR. She serves as the AILA Texas Chapter liaison to ICE in Oklahoma and also serves on the Access to Justice Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Laura is a member of the Board of Directors of the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, which provides a wide umbrella of services focused on strengthening families to prevent and end child abuse and neglect.

David B. Thronson, Las Vegas, NV

David B. Thronson is professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. His research and writing explores the intersection of immigration law and family law, with a particular focus on children. Professor Thronson teaches immigration and constitutional law, and is co-founder of the school's Immigration Law Clinic. He formerly served as professor of law and associate dean for clinical studies at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Thronson earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ann Cooper, Boston, MA (KIND-Kids In Need of Defense)

Ann Cooper joined KIND after spending nearly two years at the Department of Homeland Security with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman's Office in Washington D.C. As an Immigration Law Analyst, Ann developed recommendations for congressional review, assisted individuals and employers with case problems and researched immigration issues. Previously, Ann was an attorney for the International Institute of New Hampshire, where she represented refugees, victims of domestic violence and other low-income immigrants.

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