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2021 Litigation Year in Review: Does Suing Still Work?

December 14, 2021
Web Seminar

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  • $199.00
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Presented 12/14/2021
2:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2021-12-14

Suing the government became an essential tactic during the Trump administration. In 2021, lawsuits have remained a necessity as AILA lawyers have protected client rights and pushed back against a still-unfriendly immigration bureaucracy. This panel will provide an update on the critical ways in which immigration litigation has changed during the first year of the Biden Administration and will provide the practitioner with the key takeaways needed to advise clients on the correct course of action for dealing with delays and denials.

Featured Topics:

  • How Has the Biden Administration Responded to Immigration Litigation Crisis?
  • A Recap of Important Case Results by Agency
  • Update on Ongoing Cases
  • Common Government Strategies and How They Could Impact Your Client’s Case
  • Federal Litigation Process Breakdown: How Quickly Can Suing Help These Days?

Free Seminar Recordings with AILA Membership Starting March 2021

Please note, all 2021 seminar recordings are free to AILA members starting in March 2021, as part of a new service provided with AILA membership. AILA encourages live attendance for those wishing to ask questions of the speakers. CLE credit is included with purchase for live participants.

Recordings will be available approximately two weeks after the live event. Recordings are CLE eligible in most jurisdictions. A CLE administration fee will apply for AILA members interested in obtaining CLE Credit. More details available [here].


Ronald Klasko(DL), AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee Chair/High Impact Litigation Committee Chair/Past President, Philadelphia, PA

Ronald Klasko (Ron) is widely recognized by businesses, universities, hospitals, scholars, investors, and other lawyers as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, and its Managing Partner, he has practiced immigration law exclusively over three decades. A former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ron currently serves as Chair of the High Impact Litigation Committee (previously the Administrative Litigation Task Force) and as the Chair of the Litigation Conference Committee.

Jeff Joseph, AILA Treasurer, Aurora, CO

Jeff Joseph was on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council from 2006-2012 and served as Chair of the Litigation Action Committee. In 2004, he received the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award from AILA. In 2005, he was named a finalist in the Denver Bar Association/Denver Business Journal Best of the Bar Awards. In 2008, Mr. Joseph was nominated by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's "Forty under 40" which recognizes forty young entrepreneurs for their business skills, leadership, and community service. Currently serving as AILA Treasurer, Mr. Joseph has represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has published several opinions in those courts. He is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is bilingual in Spanish.

Bradley B. Banias, AILA High Impact Litigation Committee, Charleston, SC

For the last decade, Bradley Banias has focused his career on both federal court immigration litigation and family-based and employment-based visa petitions. During his time at the Justice Department, he focused his practice on habeas, citizenship and naturalization denials, and employment-based litigation. Brad ended his time in government as part of the EB5 litigation team, traveling the country litigating EB5 cases. In private practice, Brad expanded his practice into general civil litigation and helping families and small businesses in Charleston, South Carolina, through the immigration system. Brad is also an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law.

Jesse Bless, AILA Director of Litigation, Boston, MA

Jesse Matthew Bless serves as AILA’s Director of Federal Litigation, responsible for the development, filing, and oversight of federal litigation and other legal strategies. Prior to joining AILA, Mr. Bless served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Jeff Goldman Immigration in Boston. Jesse began his career as a member of the Attorney General's Honors Program working at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and served as both a Trial Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel at the Office of Immigration Litigation.

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 2021 Litigation Year in Review: Does Suing Still Work? web seminar takes place Thursday, December 14, 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

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on December 13, 2021.

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