Representing Clients in Immigration Court, 4th Ed.

Representing Clients in Immigration Court, 4th Ed.

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Release Date October 2016
ISBN 978-1-57370-404-5
Length 714 pages
Format Print
SKU 54-04

The new edition of Representing Clients in Immigration Court is completely revamped, rewritten, and expanded, and full of tips, strategies, and practical advice for a successful defense case.

The fourth edition includes a more detailed explanation of tricky filing procedures and standards of review, as well as in-depth discussions of motions to reopen, the exclusionary rule and motions to suppress, cancellation of removal for LPRs, VAWA cancellation, asylum matters, and options for Central American clients, including unaccompanied minors.

Additionally you will find updates related to:

  • Access to Counsel
  • Special Rules for Juveniles
  • The Categorical Approach
  • Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
  • Prosecutorial Discretion
  • Waivers for Special Immigrant Juveniles and U Visa Nonimmigrants
  • 212(c) Relief
  • The Hardship Standard
  • Voluntary Departure
  • Administrative Review Options

Representing Clients in Immigration Court will provide you with clear, practical, and strategic guidance to help you prepare for any immigration court proceeding.

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Michelle N. Mendez has devoted her legal career to serving the immigrant population through her work with nonprofit organizations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the 2014 Rotary International Paul Harris Award for her commitment to helping others through volunteerism and service, and the 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, in part because of her leadership on Maryland Chapter 96 (2014)—the “special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) law.” In addition, Ms. Mendez was recognized as a “Very Important Professional in Maryland” by The Daily Record in Baltimore in 2014.

Currently working as a staff attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in its Training and Legal Support section, Ms. Mendez oversees CLINIC’s role in the CARA Pro Bono Project, which seeks to end family detention while offering pro bono legal assistance to detained mothers and children. She also trains other attorneys to represent immigrants in immigration court, provides technical assistance, analyzes immigration legislation, and writes and updates CLINIC’s legal reference materials, while supporting CLINIC’s nonprofit affiliate members.

Prior to joining CLINIC, Ms. Mendez served as senior managing attorney in the Immigration Legal Services Program at Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington. She focused her practice on deportation defense litigation on behalf of detained and non-detained clients, family-based petitions, appellate advocacy, and humanitarian relief—including SIJS matters in Maryland state courts. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Mendez served as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where she co-taught the Immigration Litigation Clinic. Ms. Mendez received her juris doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, and a Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution through the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Mendez is a native Spanish speaker, originally from Medellín, Colombia, and also speaks French.

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