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Asylum Law Updates on Particular Social Groups

September 6, 2018
Audio Seminar

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Presented 09/06/2018
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Live Audio Seminar
SKU AS2018-09-06

How to define “particular social group” (PSG) remains one of the most complex and convoluted endeavors in asylum law. Panelists will provide practical tips on defining PSGs, advise on how best to craft them successfully, and review what has worked in recent decisions

Featured Topics

  • Review of Recent BIA Decisions on PSGs
  • Will the Attorney General’s Referrals to Himself Impact Asylum Adjudications?
  • Creatively Crafting PSGs that Work
  • Updates on Gang-Based PSGs, PSGs that May Work for Unaccompanied Children
  • Practical Tips on Important Topics—e.g., Making Multiple Social Group Arguments, etc.

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Tammy Lin (DL), AILA San Diego Chapter Chair, San Diego, CA
Tammy Lin opened her own practice in 2016 after almost nine years at a nonprofit honing her skills asylum/refugee law after creating the asylum program. She was the San Diego Chapter Chair from 2013-2014 and was pulled back into another term from 2017-2018. Tammy current chairs AILA National's Media Advocacy Committee and was a former committee member for the National USCIS Field Operations Committee. She previously worked as an associate in a business immigration firm and clerked with the ACLU San Diego, Texas Civil Rights Project, Elder Law & Advocacy, Center for Public Interest Law, and California Senate Public Safety Committee as an Associate Consultant. She earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Pol.Sci/I.R. with Minor, Peace Studies) and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Tammy, a Texas native, is a daughter of immigrants and spent her childhood in the family's Chinese restaurant. Her dog is named Milhouse after The Simpsons character, not Richard Nixon.

Denise Gilman, Austin, TX
Denise Gilman teaches and directs the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School where she works with students to handle a range of immigration cases with a focus on asylum and detained cases in removal proceedings. Professor Gilman received her undergraduate degree with honors in political science from Northwestern University. She received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law where she served on the Law Review. Professor Gilman also has an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Gilman clerked for Judge Thomas M. Reavley, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is fluent in Spanish.Professor Gilman was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration between 2012 and 2015. In 2003, Professor Gilman received an "Excellence in Lawyering" award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Before beginning her teaching career, she worked for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Human Rights First and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Reena Arya, Oakland, CA
Reena Arya is a Training and Legal Support Attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, where she provides technical assistance and trainings to CLINIC affiliate agencies around the country. Prior to joining CLINIC, she was most recently an asylum officer at the San Francisco Asylum Office, where she trained new asylum officers and interviewed and adjudicated asylum cases. She has also represented immigrants and asylum seekers in removal proceedings and before USCIS as a staff attorney at HIAS, Human Rights First and in private practice. She was a staff attorney in the immigration and asylum section at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for four years . Arya has worked in various UNHCR field offices in Africa and the Middle East as a protection and resettlement consultant. She is a 1999 graduate of Penn State Law School and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. She speaks French and Spanish.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.
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The Asylum Law Updates on Particular Social Groups audio seminar takes place Thursday, September 6, 2018, 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 September 5, 2018.

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