AILA's Immigration Litigation Toolbox, 6th Ed. (Downloadable)

AILA's Immigration Litigation Toolbox, 6th Ed. (Downloadable)

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Release Date 06/17/19
ISBN 978-1-57370-433-4
Length TBD
Format ZIP
SKU 54-33
The 6th Edition of AILA's Immigration Litigation Toolbox is designed to guide practitioners through the most common flow of a case from the agency or immigration court level through final appeals and collateral attacks, addressing the numerous administrative and judicial procedures that we as immigration lawyers deal with on a daily basis. This essential resource includes immigration litigation strategies, samples, and practice tips to help you litigate with confidence.

The practical advice and tools included in this resource will help you develop the procedures necessary to build a complete record in the event litigation is necessary.

With the Litigation Toolbox, you'll find sample pleadings, motions, briefs, and other essential documents covering a variety of topics and multiple fora, including:

  • Bond and custody issues
  • Preliminary matters/master hearings, including change of venue, administrative closure, continuances, evidentiary issues, and motions to terminate
  • Merits hearings, including requests for adjustment of status, asylum, cancellation of removal, and voluntary departure
  • Post-decision filings, such as motions to reopen
  • BIA appeals, including interlocutory/bond appeals, direct appeals, and intervening motions
  • Challenges to USCIS and DOL denials
  • Federal court proceedings, including petitions for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, Administrative Procedure Act litigation, discovery, FOIA litigation, motions for EAJA fees, and more

A resource every immigration attorney should have in his or her arsenal, AILA's Immigration Litigation Toolbox will help you plan a strategic approach for every case and make litigation a welcome part of your everyday practice.

About the Editors

Rekha Sharma-Crawford graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and obtained her J.D. in 1993 from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. She then went on to serve as an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County, KS and in Douglas County, KS, landing in the immigration litigation field in 2000. In 2012, in response to a community gap, Ms. Sharma-Crawford and her law partner/husband opened the first nonprofit legal clinic for the Kansas City Immigration Court dedicated solely to providing low bono and pro bono representation for those in removal proceedings. She is a lawyer and a storyteller. Using storytelling and a deep commitment to the rule of law, she has a nationally recognized immigration litigation practice. A skilled lawyer and passionate social justice advocate, Rekha focuses on cases that push the boundaries of the law and challenge the status quo. She is a frequently requested speaker and author on the subject of immigration law.

Maris J. Liss is the head of appeals at George P. Mann & Associates and founded the firm’s federal litigation practice. Before joining in 2003, she worked as a litigator and trial attorney gaining eight years of commercial and housing litigation experience. Maris has researched and drafted more than 400 appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and argued more than 24 cases before the federal circuit courts of appeals. On the federal level, she litigates asylum applications, issues involving noncitizens convicted of crimes, and applications for immigration benefits such as adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, and 212(c) relief. She drafts and supervises writing of motions to reopen, remand, and reconsider, and drafts complaints, motions, briefs, and responses for, inter alia, affirmative litigation in federal district court for mandamus review of naturalization denials, APA litigation, and habeas litigation, including petitions for writ of habeas corpus challenging prolonged detention in immigration custody.

Jesse M. Bless has practiced immigration law for 16 years. He has presented oral argument before each circuit court of appeals, drafted U.S. Supreme Court briefs, filed more than five hundred appellate briefs, and litigated various immigration-related cases before the U.S. district courts. He joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2004 via the Attorney General’s Honors Program and ended his government career as Senior Litigation Counsel at the Office of Immigration Litigation. He now leads Jeff Goldman Immigration’s Family and Litigation Practice Group. He is also a member of AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force.

Richard Link is a legal editor at AILA. He formerly practiced immigration law in Rochester, NY and was chair of the Upstate NY Chapter of AILA in 2017 and 2018.