Deportable Clients: To Naturalize or Not to Naturalize? - Recording (.MP3)

Deportable Clients: To Naturalize or Not to Naturalize? - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 5/25/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2017-05-25-DL

After years of flying under the radar, many lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who are (or may be) deportable decide they want to naturalize. Our panel of experts will discuss how to advise potentially deportable clients about the risks of applying for naturalization, what factors DHS considers in deciding whether to grant a naturalization application or initiate removal proceedings, and how to advocate effectively for your client.

Featured Topics

  • Who Cannot File an Application for Naturalization Under Any Circumstance?
  • Reasons for Deportability: Conduct After Becoming an LPR Versus Being Inadmissible at the Time of Admission
  • Analyzing Potential for Relief in Removal Proceedings If Everything Goes Wrong
  • Determining If Your Client Is Mandatorily Detainable Under INA §236(c)
  • Using Agency Guidance to Frame Your Deportable Client’s Case for Naturalization Persuasively
  • Preparing Your Deportable Client for the Naturalization Interview
  • Analyzing a Case in Light of the New Administration

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Amber L. Weeks is a Partner at Noble & Vrapi, P.A., with offices in Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. In addition to handling a broad range of immigration matters and appeals, she specializes in removal defense and post-conviction relief. Ms. Weeks also handles federal litigation and was co-counsel for the first impression mandatory detention challenge in Melero Valdez v. Terry, 874 F. Supp. 2d 1262 (D.N.M. 2012). Ms. Weeks currently serves as the New Mexico AILA-ICE Liaison, and she is a member of the AILA Distance Learning and Law Student Outreach Committees.

Lance Curtright has practiced immigration law since 2001. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Curtright was selected for inclusion in the 2016 & 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Under Mr. Curtright's lead, DMCA's Litigation Section was awarded the 2013 Best Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer magazine. Mr. Curtright has successfully represented hundreds of clients in deportation proceedings. He has published articles about immigration law in several law magazines and is a frequent speaker at immigration law conferences. He serves as secretary for the executive committee in AILA's Texas Chapter.

Christopher Michael Kozoll has been working directly with immigrant communities since 2000, and has been practicing immigration law since 2004. His practice focuses on deportation defense, with a particular emphasis on the impact of criminal convictions on deportation, federal court litigation, family based immigration law, and naturalization.

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

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