2017 Update on Special Immigrant Juvenile Issues - Recording (.MP3)

2017 Update on Special Immigrant Juvenile Issues - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 11/30/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2017-11-30-DL

The Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) application is an excellent and relatively fast affirmative or defensive alternative for qualified juvenile immigrants. However, several roadblocks have recently arisen, including: retrogression of the EB-4 visa category for Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran juveniles; the increasingly overwhelmed family courts; and USCIS giving stricter scrutiny of the SIJ family court order. Our panelists will discuss how to help your SIJ client in this increasingly challenging environment.

Featured Topics

  • EB-4 Retrogression: How Does It Affect Juveniles in Removal Proceedings?
  • How to Deal with Retrogression for SIJ Applications Before EOIR
  • Common Issues in State Courts: Strategies and Best Practices
  • Ensuring Your Client’s Family Court Order Will Withstand USCIS Scrutiny

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Cynthia Lucas is a partner at Lucas & Barba LLP, in Los Angeles, handling a range of removal defense, special immigrant and family-based immigration law matters, including U visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions, consular processing, and waivers. She is a UC Berkeley and University of San Francisco alumna. Ms. Lucas' past experience includes extensive public interest work as a nonprofit attorney, including work for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and, as an associate attorney at a prominent private firm, handling family-based and employment-based immigration matters. In addition to her legal practice, she is also adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy where she teaches immigration policy. In 2014, she provided consultation and collaboration to California State Legislative representatives to help draft state legislation, SB 873, which was passed into law clarifying both the jurisdiction and affirmative responsibility of state courts in making Special Immigrant Juvenile findings to protect qualifying immigrant children. Ms. Lucas has served on the Executive Committee for the AILA Southern California Chapter and presently serves on AILA National committees.

Maureen Ketler Schad is Pro Bono Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she litigates and supervises immigration and family law cases and manages the firm's pro bono initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Staff Attorney and KIND Fellow at The Door's Legal Services Center, where for five years she staffed the monthly Juvenile Docket and represented youth in a wide range of immigration and family court proceedings. Ms. Schad serves on the New York State Advisory Council on Immigrants in Family Court and the advisory boards of the ABA Commission on Immigration and the NYCLA Justice Center, and she frequently trains and lectures on issues involving immigrant youth. She is a founding member of ICARE, which in response to the "surge" or "expedited" dockets in 2014 worked to ensure that every child in removal proceedings in NYC had access to counsel as well as Know Your Rights sessions and individualized information about education and health care resources. Ms. Schad graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she worked with NYU's Immigrant Rights Clinic, Make The Road New York, and The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Unit. From 2001-2004, she worked at The Legal Aid Society as a public benefits and housing advocate. Before that, Ms. Schad was a founding program coordinator of Project HEALTH/ Health Leads, creating legal and benefits resource centers for adolescents and families at public hospitals in Boston and New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College.

Matthew J. Yao is a partner at Woehrle Dahlberg Jones Yao, PLLC, a general practice law firm with offices throughout Virginia. He manages the firm's Fairfax office and other offices in Northern Virginia. Mr. Yao's practice focuses primarily on juvenile and family law, immigration law, and elder law and estate planning. He is a certified guardian ad litem for both children and adults and is actively involved in the Virginia Supreme Court's Court Improvement Program, where he serves on the Workgroup for Guardian Ad Litem Practice. He previously represented several local departments of social services in child abuse or neglect and foster care proceedings. Mr. Yao's immigration practice mainly focuses on family-based petitions, specifically Special Immigrant Juvenile Status at the predicate order level in state court. He has received much recognition for his work, including being named by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star from 2015 through 2018.

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