Litigating Hardship-Based Relief: Effective Motion Practice and Evidence Tips

Litigating Hardship-Based Relief: Effective Motion Practice and Evidence Tips

Litigating Hardship-Based Relief: Effective Motion Practice and Evidence Tips - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 5/13/2021
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Relief for LPR and non-LPRs vary in burdens, evidence, and discretion. Panelists will advise on strategies and best practices in preparing to litigate. They also will discuss how to utilize various tools in developing and building a winning case.

Featured Topics:

  • Various Hardships: Know Your Burden and Plan Your Case
  • Equities and Negative Factors: Yes, You Can Help Your Client to Prove Rehabilitation
  • Proving Hardship: Admissibility Issues, Stale Medical Records or Families Unable to See Physician, Virtual Schooling with Issues Getting Evidence from Psychologist or IEP, COVID-19 as Hardship
  • Creative Tools: Depositions, Subpoena, Experts, and How to Overcome Rebuttal
  • Litigation Strategies: Motions to Keep Record Open, Effective Closing Arguments
    • Using Case Law to Your Benefit and Reminding the Judge to Consider Hardship in the Aggregate
  • Strategy Considerations: Do You Show Your Hand in a Pretrial Brief? Can You Narrow Down the Issues and Stipulate Ahead of Time? Should You Request a Written Closing?

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Raymond R. Bolourtchi (DL), St. Louis, MO
Raymond R. Bolourtchi is a member of Cofman & Bolourtchi LLC, and practices exclusively criminal and family immigration, removal defense, and federal/state criminal defense and litigation. He is the recipient of the 2014 AILA Sam Williamson National Mentor Award, past AILA Missouri-Kansas Chapter Chair (2016-17), and currently the MO-KAN ICE, CBP, EOIR Chapter Liaison. Raymond has served on the AILA National ICE, Removal, Student and Scholars committees, and now on the Distance Learning Committee. Raymond received his J.D. from St. Louis University, and his B.A. from UCLA.

Elina Magaly Santana, Miami, FL
Elina Magaly Santana is the founder of Santana Rodriguez Law, PA in Miami, Florida. She focuses her immigration practice on family and marriage-based residency, removal defense, and waivers. Elina is Chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter. She earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from New York University with high honors. She is a native Spanish speaker and was raised in Miami by a proud Cuban American immigrant family.

Susan Church, Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, Cambridge, MA
Susan Church, Cambridge, MA, is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration law and criminal defense. Attorney Church is Past Chair of the AILA New England Chapter and currently serves on the AILA Federal Litigation committee. Attorney Church specializes in Federal and criminal related Litigation including both criminal jury trials and complex immigration habeas cases.

Aundrea L. Roberts, Lawrenceville, GA
Aundrea L. Roberts, since 2007, has focused her practice on representing clients in the areas of Immigration, Criminal and Family law. She currently serves on the AILA National Committee for the 2021 Annual Conference and has served on various state chapter committees. Ms. Roberts received her J.D. from Regent University School of Law (2006).

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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