The Perfect Plea Bargain: What Defense Counsel Wants You to Know - Recording (.MP3)

The Perfect Plea Bargain: What Defense Counsel Wants You to Know - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 08/22/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2017-08-22-DL

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Moncrieffe v. Holder, Descamps v. United States, and Mathis v. United States, a well-structured plea bargain can make all the difference to your immigration case. What can you do to ensure your clients receive the best plea bargain? How can you improve communication with defense counsel? The panelists will provide insight and tips on coordinating the plea process with defense counsel, increasing your chances for the best possible outcome.

Featured Topics

  • Documents: What Comprises the "Criminal Disposition"?
  • Sentences and Enhancements: When Do Misdemeanors Equal a Felony?
  • Educating the Prosecutor
  • Don't Ask Too Much: Knowing Where Defense Counsel Will Draw the Line
  • Knowing Your Jurisdiction


W. Michael Sharma-Crawford is a partner at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law. In addition to the cases and duties of their law firm, in January 2012, he and his partner, Rekha Sharma-Crawford, opened The Clinic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit removal defense law office. The Clinic serves indigent noncitizens in the Kansas City, Missouri, immigration court. The Clinic is the only resource for indigent noncitizens in removal proceedings who live in Kansas and the western half of Missouri.

Mary E. Kramer is the author of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants, now in its sixth edition, and available at She is the 2015 recipient of the Edith Lowenstein Award, an AILA award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. Ms. Kramer is past chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter, and a past chair of the AILA ICE Liaison Committee. Last year, she served on the AILA DOS Liaison Committee, and this year, is a member of the AILA EOIR Liaison Committee. Locally, she serves as ERO co-chair. Ms. Kramer is president of the board of directors of Catholic Legal Services, the largest immigration legal services provider in Florida. She is a former trainer of federal public defenders, and taught immigration law at Florida International University.

Rachel M. Self is the founding member of Rachel M. Self, P.C., and appears regularly as a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and CNN. Attorney Self represents individuals in criminal and immigration matters. The firm specializes in criminal trial work, family immigration, citizenship, deportation defense, and post-conviction relief. Rachel has been selected by Boston Magazine and Superlawyers as a top immigration attorney from 2009-2016 and has recently been honored for the fifth year in a row by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. She is regularly asked to teach and speak on both criminal and immigration issues. She has taught advanced immigration and crimmigration seminars for AILA, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association and the New Hampshire Judicial Education Program. She has also taught at New England Law Boston.

David Bell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in accounting and finance. After college, David earned his law degree and LL.M. (Taxation) from New York University School of Law. After three years at the firm now known as Stinson Morrison Hecker, David went to work as a trial attorney with the Public Defender's Office in Kansas City, Missouri. David remained with the Public Defender's Office for six years. While at the Public Defender's Office, David received the Charles M. Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and was named one of the 16 Up & Coming Lawyers by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2006. David joined the law firm of Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. in 2007, where he focuses primarily on criminal defense in state and federal courts

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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