Hot Topics in Inadmissibility: Tattoos, Smuggling, and Marijuana - Recording (.MP3)

Hot Topics in Inadmissibility: Tattoos, Smuggling, and Marijuana - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 2/2/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2017-02-02-DL

Staying current with inadmissibility trends is crucial to avoid unwelcome surprises at consular interviews. Evaluating client tattoos is extremely important to avoid a gang inadmissibility finding and a denial for which there is no waiver. Whether clients have “smuggled” their own children or others into the United States is another important consideration that must be addressed from the time of the initial consultation. Finally, medical and legal marijuana present additional challenges with health and controlled substances grounds of inadmissibility. Our panel of experts share best practices for screening and preparing clients, and advise on utilizing experts and advanced medical technology to overcome these inadmissibility grounds.

Featured Topics

  • Tattoos: The Good, the Bad, and the Visible
    • What Tattoos Are Likely to Trigger Gang Inadmissibility Findings?
    • What Resources and Experts Are Available to Evaluate Tattoos and Overcome an Inadmissibility Finding?
    • Removing Tattoos and the Ethical Implications of Advising Clients to Remove Them
  • Fighting and Waiving the Smuggling Ground of Inadmissibility
  • Advising Clients About Medical and Legal Marijuana in Order to Avoid Health and Controlled Substance Inadmissibility Findings

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Laurel Scott (DL), Philadelphia, PA
Laurel Scott is the founding attorney at Scott and Associates. She received a B.A. from Simon's Rock College, a master's degree from Duke University, and a law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. She spent a year studying at the Queen's University of Belfast and completed an internship at the European Parliament. She worked on her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003, and quickly realized that waivers were an ideal niche for her new firm. Over the years, she emerged as one of the nation's leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles on the subject, and speaking at many events for immigration lawyers. She is located in Philadelphia and licensed in Texas.

Michael Davis, Minneapolis, MN
Michael H. Davis is the managing partner at Davis & Goldfarb PLLC, a full-service immigration firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, and Tel Aviv, Israel. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota and has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1987. Michael is a past chair of AILA's Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter and the AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee, as well as the Minnesota State Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Michael served as co-editor of AILA's The Consular Practice Handbook. Mr Davis is a frequent author and lecturer on a wide variety of immigration law topics. His immigration practice includes complex visa cases at U.S. consulates worldwide, including waivers of inadmissibility for criminal conduct, fraud/misrepresentation, unlawful presence, and related issues.

Benjamin Stein, Boise, ID
Benjamin Stein is an associate attorney at Andrade Legal in Boise, ID. Since graduating from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN, in May 2012, Mr. Stein has developed expertise in removal defense, family applications, waivers, and consular processing. Mr. Stein has handled complex immigrant visa issues with several different consulates. Additionally, Mr. Stein has been active in various litigation efforts in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Mr. Stein has experience challenging consular official's actions at both the district court and the circuit court of appeals. Recently, Mr. Stein and Andrade Legal litigated a case at the Ninth Circuit, Cardenas v. United States (2016), which was the first case in the Ninth Circuit to address the doctrine of consular nonreviewability after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kerry v. Din.

The speaker's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided in the written materials are based on the speaker's experiences and current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and the speaker's experiences may differ from your own.

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