Waivers in the Trump Administration - Recording (.MP3)

Waivers in the Trump Administration - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 05/03/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2018-05-03-DL

The panelists on this advanced-level seminar will explore strategies in pursuing waivers and documenting hardship in removal proceedings in the enforcement-intense environment of the Trump administration. They also will cover options in waiver cases when DHS will not join a motion to administratively close or terminate, or when DHS recalendars a case that had been previously administratively closed.

Featured Topics

  • Overview of I-601, I-601A, and I-212 Waivers: How They Arise in Removal Proceedings, and When to File Them
  • Challenges and Strategies in Documenting Hardship and Rehabilitation: Using Expert Opinions, Psychological Evaluations, Social Media, Indirect Hardship, Economic Data, and Country Conditions
  • How to Make a Case for Cumulative Hardship
  • The Role of Discretion in Waiver Adjudication
  • Motions for Administrative Closure When DHS Objects Under Matter of Avetisyan and Matter of W-Y-U-

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Laurel Scott (DL), Philadelphia, PA
Laurel Scott 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, PA, 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 started work 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. Ms. Scott is licensed in Texas.

Raed Gonzalez, Houston, TX
Raed Gonzalez is the chairman of Gonzalez Olivieri LLC in Houston, TX. He is an accomplished litigator and avid CIR advocate. He obtained his J.D. from the Inter American University of P.R. and has an LL.M. in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He has litigated and is admitted to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Southern District of TX, the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of P.R. and the U.S. Supreme Court. His published precedent decisions in the 5th Circuit Include: Manuel Flores Ledezma v. Gonzalez, 415 F.3d 375, 380 (5th Cir. 2005); Perez-Pimentel v. Mukasey, 530 F.3d 321 (5th Cir. 2008); McCarthy v. Mukasey, 555 F.3d 459, 462 (5th Cir. 2009); Nieto Hernandez v. Holder, 592 F.3d 681 (5th Cir. 2009); Gomez v. Lynch II, ---F.3d---, 2016 WL 4169123 (5th Cir. Aug. 5, 2016) and three victories in SCOTUS: Dada v. Mukasey, 554 U.S. 1 (2008); Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, (Unpublished) (June 21, 2010); and most recently, Mata v. Lynch, 135 S. Ct. 2150 (2015).

Marc Prokosch, Bloomington, MN
Marc Prokosch is a senior attorney at Karam Law. As an immigration litigation attorney, Mr. Prokosch is focused on federal court claims, where he has successfully resolved long delays by USCIS with citizenship applications, green cards, TRIG cases, and other related issues. He was counsel for several of the leading published decisions on immigration in Minnesota District Court, including Al-Rifahe v. Mayorkas, Al Jabari v. Chertoff, and Ali v. Frazier. His other practice areas include appellate proceedings, removal relief, waivers, and family-based immigration. Mr. Prokosch is a former chair of the AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter and frequently teaches and mentors other attorneys and law students on matters related to complex immigration litigation.

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.