Tricky Asylum Issues: Backlogs, Ethics, and the Filing Deadline - Recording (.MP3)

Tricky Asylum Issues: Backlogs, Ethics, and the Filing Deadline - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 12/13/2016
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2016-12-13-DL

As asylum office and immigration court backlogs grow, asylum seekers often must wait a considerable amount of time to be interviewed by USCIS or for their court hearings to be scheduled. What actions can you take when it is impossible for your client to appear in court to file an asylum application before the one-year filing deadline? The speakers will discuss strategies for filing timely asylum applications before USCIS and the immigration courts, identify tips on arguing an exception to the one-year filing deadline where court backlogs prevented timely filing, and address procedural and ethical considerations when filing affirmative cases before USCIS.

Featured Topics

  • Lodging and Filing an Asylum Application with the Immigration Court for Purposes of the One-Year Filing Deadline
  • Arguing an Exception to the One-Year Filing Deadline Based on Court Backlogs
  • Jurisdictional Jiu Jitsu: When Should the I-589 Be Filed with USCIS Rather Than the Immigration Court?
  • Affirmative Asylum Applications
  • Strategies for Filing Given the Backlog
  • The Ethics of Filing to Get Your Client into Removal Proceedings

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Lindsay Muir Harris (DL), Washington, DC
Lindsay Muir Harris is an assistant professor of law at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, teaching in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Previously, she worked with the American Immigration Council focused on efforts to end the detention of immigrant families seeking protection in the United States, as part of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow and later a staff attorney, she launched and led the African Women's Empowerment Project at the Tahirih Justice Center, conducting outreach to, and representing survivors of, gender-based violence in the DC metro area. Lindsay's publications address contemporary issues in asylum law and policy, including gender-based and gang-related asylum claims, as well as the integration of asylees and the interaction of the immigration court backlog and the one-year filing deadline for asylum.

Camila S. Palmer, Denver, CO
Camila S. Palmer is a senior attorney with Elkind Alterman Harston PC. Camila previously served as an attorney advisor with the Denver Immigration Court and as a staff attorney at The Door's Legal Services Center in New York City, where she represented immigrant youth. Camila earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2007, where she completed externships with the employment unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, the Immigrant Defense Project in New York City, and the U.S. District Court for the Federal District of Puerto Rico. Camila currently co-chairs the AILA Colorado Chapter's EOIR Liaison Committee. Camila also sits on the Board of Directors for Towards Justice, a Denver-based non-profit that provides legal assistance to low-wage workers in wage theft cases and advocates for stronger worker protections, locally and nationally.

Antonio G. Revilla III, Miami, FL
Antonio G. Revilla III is the founder and president of Revilla Law Firm, P.A., located in Miami, FL. The firm concentrates in all areas of immigration and nationality law, including removal hearings and appeals. Mr. Revilla is a former assistant district counsel with legacy INS. He is also a former assistant public defender with the Office of the Public Defender in Miami-Dade County. Mr. Revilla received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992, and his B.A. from Tulane University in 1989. Mr. Revilla is the past chair of AILA's South Florida Chapter and a past member of the AILA Board of Governors for the 2013-14 term. Mr. Revilla is a member of the Florida Bar. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.

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