Categorical Approach—What Every Practitioner Needs to Know-Downloadable Recording

Categorical Approach—What Every Practitioner Needs to Know-Downloadable Recording

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Recording Date8/20/15
CLE EligibleYes
Length90 min.
FormatAudio Seminar
What is the categorical approach and how is it relevant to your client? This seminar focuses on recent case developments and practical approaches in removal defense. Learn how to use recent case law to contest removability or to argue eligibility for forms of relief. The panel gives practitioners an understanding of the authority behind the categorical approach and provides clear guidance on the concepts. In addition, the speakers offer practical suggestions on how to utilize the analysis in practice.

Key Topics Include:

  • Identifying the Difference Between a Singular Offense (Which May Be Committed in Various Ways) vs. a Divisible Statute that Provides Alternative Offenses
  • Essential Holdings in Moncrieffe and Descamps
  • Extending Moncrieffe Past the Determination of Removability and into Available Relief
  • Recent Activity Involving the Categorical Approach and How It May Save Your Client
  • Practical Tips to Implement into Your Practice

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Mary E. Kramer (dl), AILA Author, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, Miami, FL
Mary E. Kramer is the author of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants. She is a past president of the South Florida Chapter of AILA, and the current president of the board of Catholic Legal Services-Miami. Ms. Kramer serves on AILA National's Dept. of State Liaison Committee, and is a former chair of ICE National Committee. Fluent in Spanish, she has practiced law in Miami for 23 years, with a focus on criminal-alien issues, cooperating witnesses, visa inadmissibility, and complex political asylum.

Rachel M. Self, Boston, MA
Rachel M. Self is the founding member of Rachel M. Self, P.C., and appears regularly as a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and CNN. The firm specializes in criminal trial work, family immigration, citizenship, deportation defense, and post-conviction relief. Rachel has been selected by Boston Magazine and Superlawyers as a top immigration attorney from 2009-2015 and has been honored from 2012-2015 by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.

W. Michael Sharma-Crawford, Kansas City, MO
W. Michael Sharma-Crawford is a partner at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law. In addition to the cases and duties of their law firm, in January 2012, he and his partner, Rekha Sharma-Crawford, opened The Clinic a 501(c)(3) non-profit removal defense law office. The Clinic serves indigent non-citizens in the Kansas City, Missouri immigration court. The Clinic is the only resource for indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings who live in Kansas and the western half of Missouri.

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