Crafting a Winning Direct Examination: Practical Tips and Examples
September 30, 2021
2:00 PM (ET)
Although filing proper evidence and meeting requirements of the law is clearly essential, most cases are won (or lost) based on the quality and persuasiveness of the direct examination. The ability to story-tell and consequently move the judge—and maybe even the DHS attorney—to find that your client is not only eligible, but also deserving of the sought-after relief, is the most important part of an individual hearing. The speakers on this intermediate session will provide practical tips and techniques to successfully prepare and execute a winning direct examination in immigration proceedings.
- Narrative and Storytelling
- Preparing Witnesses: Your Client, Supporting Witness, and Expert Witness Testimony
- Avoiding Leading Questions and Objections
- Showing Deference vs. Making Your Record (Despite DHS and/or the Judge)
- Challenges When Appearing Telephonically or via Webex: Should You Advise Not to Proceed?
- Using Stipulations to Narrow the Issues
Michael Sharma-Crawford (DL), Kansas City, MO
Michael Sharma-Crawford is a litigation attorney based in Kansas City. He practices with his wife Rekha Sharma-Crawford. In 2011 they opened The Clinic at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, a 501(c)(3) non-profit law clinic that represents indigent non-citizens in the Kansas City Immigration Court. Michael was part of the team that litigated Mellouli v. Lynch 135 S. Ct. 1980 (2015).
Juliana Lamardo, Miami, FL
Juliana G. Lamardo was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She is licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida and the Southern District of Florida, since 2008. Juliana is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She is currently the AILA South Florida Treasurer and has been on the Board of Directors since 2020. She speaks at various immigration-related seminars for AILA and Pincus Professional Education.
Anam Rahman, Fairfax, VA
Anam Rahman is a partner at Calderón Seguin PLC and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law School, where she teaches a clinical course on gender-based forms of relief. She sits as a board member for AsylumWorks, a local nonprofit helping asylum seekers rebuild their lives in the United States, and also serves on the AILA liaison committee for the Arlington Immigration Court. Anam received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School (2012).
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The Crafting a Winning Direct Examination: Practical Tips and Examples web seminar takes place Thursday, September 30 2021, 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
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