Before You Meet Your Removal Client: NTA, Form I-213, and DHS Charges

Before You Meet Your Removal Client: NTA, Form I-213, and DHS Charges

Before You Meet Your Removal Client: NTA, Form I-213, and DHS Charges - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 3/3/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Ever wonder what happens when DHS gets to your client before you do? How did your client even get on DHS’s radar? Attend this session to learn how to navigate potentially tricky removability issues before your first day in court. For example, the factual allegations and charges on the Notice to Appear (NTA) may seem routine in most cases that have potential for relief. By admitting to service of the NTA, however, are you waiving potential legal issues? Consider that the information on these government forms may be wrong, or that these documents were produced or served incorrectly, yet still can help place your client in the nightmare of removal proceedings. Panelists will advise on how to think like DHS, how to get ahead of the removal game, and how to hold DHS accountable and challenge everything it alleges. After all, at the end of the day, a strong record is your best friend on appeal.

Featured Topics:

  • How DHS’s Decision to Charge a Case Impacts Relief
  • Is Your Client an “Arriving Alien?”
  • Mechanics of the Charging Document and the I-213
  • Pleadings and Burdens of Proof: When to Admit vs. Deny
  • Using Dent v. Holder to Your Advantage
  • Jurisdictional Issues and Niz-Chavez and Pereira
  • When and How to Use Motions to Suppress and Motion to Terminate

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Vera Weisz (DL), Los Angeles, CA

Vera A. Weisz is the principal of a small practice located in Los Angeles, California. Her career began representing Haitian asylum seekers at Florida Rural Legal Services, and then the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami. In 1983 she returned to Los Angeles, California and opened her law practice concentrating on asylum and removal defense cases. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1977. Vera has been an active member of AILA and former chairperson of the LA County Bar Association Immigration Law Section. She is a founding member of Immigrant’s List, a bipartisan political action committee supporting pro-immigrant candidates for Congress.

Erin McGaughey, St. Louis, MO 

Erin McGaughey is the owner of EMC Immigration Law, LLC, a solo law practice located in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her career with Soreff Law in Seattle, WA, in 2009. She moved to St. Louis in 2015 to be closer to family, and opened EMC Immigration Law that same year. She received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in 2009.

Kelsey Provo, Portland, OR

Kelsey Provo is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Innovation Law Lab, where she provides strategic and tactical assistance on pro bono cases placed through the Centers of Excellence. Prior to joining Innovation Law Lab, Kelsey represented immigrants in removal proceedings in Southern California and specialized in representing detained immigrants who had been found incompetent due to a mental illness or disability pursuant to the Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder litigation. Kelsey earned her J.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oregon.

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.

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