Motions to Reopen—What You Need to Know - Recording (.MP3)

Motions to Reopen—What You Need to Know - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 11/3/2016
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2016-11-03-DL

Deciding when, where, and whether to file a motion to reopen a removal proceeding can be difficult and confusing. The panelists will discuss the different types of motions, selecting the motion that best meets your client’s needs, and following through with whichever motion you choose.

Featured Topics

  • Time and Numerical Limitations
  • Joint Motions to Reopen
  • Motions to Reopen In Absentia Orders
  • Motions to Reopen Sua Sponte
  • Federal Jurisdiction for Appeals from Denials of Motions to Reopen After Your Client’s Departure
  • Return to the United States After Prevailing on a Motion to Reopen

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Michael S. Vastine, AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Miami Gardens, FL
Michael S. Vastine is professor of law and director of the Immigration Clinic at St. Thomas University School of Law. A frequent presenter at conferences of immigration practitioners and legal educators, Michael has also authored or co-authored amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, state supreme courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, on issues regarding the application of the categorical approach (Matter of Chairez-Castrejon), post-conviction rights of immigrants (Thiersaint v. Commissioner of Corrections (CT)) and deportees (Storey v. State of Florida), habeas corpus and bond rights of prolonged detainees (Sopo v. U.S. Att’y General) and the availability of the “212(h)” waiver (Poveda v. U.S.Att’y General, Rivas v. U.S. Att’y General). His own litigation includes the lead Florida Supreme Court case construing Padilla v. Kentucky (Hernandez v. State) and the Eleventh Circuit’s application of the categorical approach to Florida drug convictions (Donawa v. U.S. Att’y General).

Alexander McShiras, Aurora, CO
Alexander McShiras is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in international studies and Hispanic studies from Boston College, and he has a Master’s of Arts degree in international relations from Marquette University. Mr. McShiras is licensed to practice law in Colorado and has worked on matters before USCIS, the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Colorado district courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. McShiras is an active member of AILA, and he has served on several AILA Colorado Chapter committees: the Asylum Liaison Committee, the USCIS Liaison Committee, and the New Members Division Committee.

Marc Prokosch, Bloomington, MN
Marc Prokosch is a senior attorney at Karam Law. As an immigration litigation attorney, Mr. Prokosch is focused on federal court claims, where he has successfully resolved long delays by USCIS with citizenship applications, green cards, TRIG cases, and other related issues. He was counsel for several of the leading published decisions on immigration in Minnesota District Court, including Al-Rifahe v. Mayorkas, Al Jabari v. Chertoff, and Ali v. Frazier. His other practice areas include appellate proceedings, removal relief, waivers, and family-based immigration. Mr. Prokosch is a former chair of the AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter and frequently teaches and mentors other attorneys and law students on matters related to complex immigration litigation.

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