Incredibly Credible: Preparing Your Client to Testify - Recording (.MP3)

Incredibly Credible: Preparing Your Client to Testify - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 12/17/2019
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2019-12-17-DL

AILA’s panel of removal experts will advise on best practices for preparing clients to testify during removal proceedings. Panelists will discuss how to get clients ready for direct and cross examination, how to approach any inconsistencies in previous testimony or documents prepared by the government, and how to zealously represent clients dealing with cognitive or memory issues. This is a must-listen for anyone who regularly practices in immigration court!

Featured Topics

  • Tips and Techniques for Thoroughly Preparing Clients for Direct and Cross Examination
  • How to Handle Inconsistent Records from the Time of Entry, Including the Form I-213 and Credible Fear Interview Process
  • Matter of M–A–M– Hearings and Other Strategies for Effective Representation of Respondents with Cognitive and Memory Issues
  • How to Rehabilitate Your Client After DHS Has Impeached Them on the Stand

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Jeffrey S. Chase (DL), New York, NY

Jeffrey S. Chase is an immigration lawyer in New York City. He is of counsel to the law firm of DiRaimondo & Masi, LLP. Jeff is a former Immigration Judge and Senior Legal Advisor at the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is a past recipient of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) Pro Bono Award, and previously chaired AILA's Asylum Reform Task Force. Jeff organized a group of former immigration judges and BIA Members in filing amicus briefs, issuing press statements, and submitting written testimony to Congress. He has served as a mentor for the Immigration Justice Campaign. His immigration law blog can be found at

Jenna K. Gilbert, Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Gilbert is the Managing Attorney of the Los Angeles office of Human Rights First, where she oversees the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. She provides support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in the Los Angeles area who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provides information and legal services to asylum seekers in DHS detention and helps to coordinate their legal representation. Prior to her role as Managing Attorney, Jenna was a Staff Attorney in both the New York and Los Angeles offices of Human Rights First. She is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics affecting asylum seekers. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and an Asylum Liaison for AILA SoCal and is admitted to practice law in California.

Helen Parsonage, Winston Salem, NC

Helen Parsonage based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is certified as a specialist in Immigration Law and in State/Federal Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice focusses on complex deportation defense and she works with Indigent Defense Services to consult on the immigration consequences of convictions. She has litigated cases in the immigration courts (focusing on North Carolina and Georgia), before the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as in the Middle District of Georgia and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. She has presented extensively on immigration law, including to the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and numerous local bar associations. She has been an invited faculty member for numerous AILA and Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section conferences. In addition, she has lectured on immigration, as adjunct faculty and as guest speaker, at Wake Forest University School of Law, Elon University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and at the University of Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Law. Ms. Parsonage is a member of the EOIR Liaison team for the AILA Carolinas Chapter.

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