As immigration judges face unrelenting quotas and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) adds more hardliners to its membership, review in a federal circuit court may be your client’s best hope for fair consideration of the legal and factual issues in their removal case. But what if you have never litigated a case in federal court before? Going to federal circuit court is much less intimidating than it may seem. Our expert panelists will cover the initial steps of filing a circuit court petition for review, and they will share critical tips that will allow you to navigate the hallowed halls of justice like a veteran.
- How to Prepare and File a Petition for Review: Step-by-Step Guidance from Timing to Jurisdiction to Templates
- Seeking a Stay of Removal for Detained Clients with the Circuit Court
- Petition for Review Timeline: Administrative Record, Briefing Schedule, Motions, and Extensions
- Standards of Review at the Circuit Court and Deference to Administrative Agencies
- Essential Resources: Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and Local Rules
- Engaging with the Clerk’s Office and Opposing Counsel
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Charles Roth (DL), AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Chicago, IL
Charles Roth is the Director of Appellate Litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center. In addition to his involvement in more than 100 published Court of Appeals decisions, he has overseen NIJC’s Supreme Court presence, which has involved cert filings, cert grants, and dozens of amicus briefs, often in collaboration with AILA. He has developed a focus on U visa matters, leading to litigation in matters such as Baez-Sanchez v. Sessions, 872 F.3d 854 (7th Cir. 2017), L.D.G. v. Holder, 744 F.3d 1022 (7th Cir. 2014), and Torres-Tristan v. Holder, 656 F.3d 653 (7th Cir. 2011). He is the longtime update editor for Daniel Levy’s U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Handbook.
Tamara L. Jezic, Wheaton, MD
Tamara L. Jezic is an immigration attorney with Jezic & Moyse, LLC at the firm’s offices in Stafford and Fairfax, Virginia. She noncitizens in removal proceedings and in appeals before the BIA and circuit courts of appeals. She represented the noncitizens in Hernandez Avalos v. Lynch, 784 F.3d 944 (4th Cir. 2015) and Zavaleta-Policiano v. Sessions, 873 F.3d 241 (4th Cir. 2017), two published asylum cases in the Fourth Circuit. She also represented the noncitizen in Jaghoori v. Holder, 772 F.3d 764 (4th Cir. 2014), a published case of first impression in
Matt Adams, Seattle, WA
Matt Adams is the legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Washington State. His practice focuses on systemic litigation in the federal courts.