How to File Winning Appeals with the BIA and AAO - Recording (.MP3)

How to File Winning Appeals with the BIA and AAO - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 08/09/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2018-08-09-DL

How do you protect your client’s rights if USCIS or the immigration judge makes a bad decision? Where do you appeal, and what do you do if USCIS rejects a properly filed appeal? How do you prepare a winning appellate brief? Our panel of experts will unlock the mysteries of when and where to file appeals, what to file, procedures for appeals, and how to prepare winning briefs, motions, and evidence for appeals.

Featured Topics

  • Where to File: Determining Whether the Appeal Should Be Sent to the BIA, AAO, or USCIS
  • When to File: Calculating the Deadline for Appeal and Options If the Deadline Has Already Passed
  • What to File: Determining What Forms, Fees, Briefs, and Evidence Are Needed for an Appeal
  • How to Appeal: Writing Winning Briefs, Filing Motions, Supplementing the Record, and Following Appellate Procedures

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Sabrina Damast (DL), Los Angeles, CA
Sabrina Damast practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and post-conviction relief. Before opening her own law practice, Sabrina served as a judicial law clerk in the Los Angeles Immigration Court and worked as an immigration attorney in private practice. As a law clerk, she conducted research and wrote more than two hundred decisions for dozens of Immigration Judges. She developed an expertise in all forms of deportation defense, including applications for asylum, permanent residence, NACARA, fraud waivers, and criminal waivers. As an attorney in private practice, she solidified these skills by representing clients threatened with deportation. Sabrina is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, swing dancing, and musical theater, and she is the leader of a local Girl Scout troop. Sabrina is a member of the New York and California Bars and is admitted to the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She frequently publishes articles, teaches CLEs, and gives presentations on immigration law.

Bradley Jenkins, Silver Spring, MD
Bradley Jenkins is the Program Manager for the BIA Pro Bono Project at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). In addition to managing a national pro bono program designed specifically for immigration appellate litigation, Mr. Jenkins regularly trains on removal defense topics and assists in the drafting of CLINIC’s practice advisories and manuals.

Mark Barr, AILA Amicus Committee Chair/Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Denver, CO
Mark R. Barr is the senior associate at Lichter Immigration in Denver. Before joining the private bar, he completed a judicial internship with EOIR. Mr. Barr is a member of AILA’s Amicus Committee, helping to coordinate litigation strategies on issues of critical importance to immigration law and policy. Mr. Barr lectures locally and nationally on issues related to removal defense, asylum, and federal litigation. Before his reincarnation as an immigration attorney, Mr. Barr received a B.S. in cell biology from Cornell and worked in research laboratories at Cornell, Yale, and S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University.

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