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2020 AILA Virtual Asylum Conference

September 30, 2020
Virtual Conference

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Presented 9/30/20
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 1 Day
Format Virtual Conference
The past year has brought even more sweeping policy changes to the U.S. asylum system and even higher hurdles for asylum seekers and their advocates, all while litigation and advocacy efforts to combat the administration’s prior changes have continued. Given the sheer number of new policies, regulations, and legal challenges alone, it has become difficult to keep up with the changes, let alone understand and determine the best practices and strategies for addressing them. In this environment, it has never been more important to keep fighting for asylum seekers in this country (and supporting each other in those efforts!). The faculty in this intermediate– to advanced-level conference will discuss the administration’s ongoing attacks on the asylum system and provide a firm grasp on where these new policies, regulations, and legal interpretations stand and how they impact asylum seekers. Panelists will offer expert guidance on new strategies to employ at the border and in the immigration courts, and will provide other essential tools for practitioners to use as they continue to navigate the ruins of the U.S. asylum system while advocating for the critical protections their clients need and deserve.

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Featuring a bonus Q&A session with conference committee chair and author of AILA’s Asylum Primer, Dree K. Collopy! This 60-minute question and answer session will be held at 1pm Eastern on Tuesday, September 29, the day prior to the virtual conference, and will allow participants to join a discussion with Dree about the many recent changes in asylum law. A link to the session will be sent to all conference registrants.

The need for fearless legal counsel in removal proceedings has never been greater. This program is presented as part of AILA’s Fearless Lawyering series, which empowers the removal defense bar with the latest tactics, tools, and strategies.

Participants will also receive the following CLE-eligible seminar recordings:

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(Through 9/16/20)
Deadline Rate

(After 9/16/20)
AILA Members $295 $345
AILA Members' Paralegal* $295 $345
AILA Law Student Members $120 $170
AILA Nonprofit Members $145 $195
Nonmember Attorneys $495 $545
Nonmember Law Students $220 $270
Government $345 $395
Nonprofit Attorneys $345 $395
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Please note: All registrations are subject to approval. Attendance at AILA conferences and seminars is solely restricted to AILA members and their employees, government employees, and nonmember attorneys. Non-attorney attendance is limited to the employees of AILA members in good standing, to HR professionals who have an AILA member reference, employees of accredited educational institutions providing support to international student and scholar services at their employing institutions, and accredited representatives under 8 CFR §292.2. AILA will reject conference registrations from persons who provide representation without authorization in violation of 8 CFR §292.1, such as for-profit "immigration consultants" and "notarios."

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 AILA will file for CLE credits in appropriate jurisdictions. Eligible participants can receive up to 7 total credits (including 1 ethics credit) in 50-minute jurisdictions and up to 6.0 total credits (including 1 ethics credit) in 60-minute jurisdictions. To receive CLE credit, attorneys must record sessions attended and CLE codes provided at each session via webCLE. More information on jurisdictions approving this program for CLE credit will be available closer to the conference date. Live attendance must be recorded by Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This deadline does not apply to the download format.

Please Note: CLE credits not reported on webCLE by the published deadline will be subject to an administrative late fee to cover incurred costs.
Cancellations received by September 16, 2020, entitle registrants to a full refund (less $50 processing fee). Cancellation requests will not be accepted after September 16, 2020, but the conference materials will be made available to all registrants in their AILA Agora Digital Libraries. Exceptions to the cancellation deadline will be made for emergencies and valid medical issues submitted with supporting documentation. All cancellations must be in writing or email to

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