Post-Conviction Relief: “If I Could Turn Back Time!”

Post-Conviction Relief: “If I Could Turn Back Time!”

Post-Conviction Relief: “If I Could Turn Back Time!” - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 9/8/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Immigration attorneys may sometimes feel like post-conviction relief is outside their wheelhouse. However, post-conviction relief is a crucial tool for clients with less-than-perfect pasts. Even if attorneys do not practice criminal law, staying abreast of the latest developments with respect to vacaturs and sentence modifications is required to comprehensively advise clients regarding their immigration options. During this intermediate-to-advanced seminar, our panel of experts will discuss various types of post-conviction relief vehicles, trends in DHS challenges to vacaturs and sentence modifications, and other important strategy considerations when counseling clients on post-conviction relief.

Featured Topics:

  • Sentence Modifications Post-Matter of Thomas and Thompson
  • What Vacaturs Are Effective for Immigration Purposes?
  • Burdens of Proof
    • The Importance of Obtaining and Preserving Records
  • Pardon Me: The Impact of Pardons on Removal, Inadmissibility, and Naturalization
  • Working Effectively with Criminal Counsel

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Karl W. Krooth (DL), San Francisco, CA

Karl Krooth, (Pronouns: He/him/his) is lead counsel and president of Immigrant Crime and Justice. He assists foreign nationals to seek post-conviction relief in criminal courts as well as avoid immigration consequences in pending criminal matters before state superior courts and federal district courts. Karl has practical experience in the representation of foreign nationals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Immigration Court, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Deferred Inspections, Customs and Border Protection Bureau. Karl is currently the Ethics Coordinator for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and he previously served for a decade and a half as Law Enforcement / Criminal Defense Liaison. Karl has served as a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) and has historically served as a chairperson of the Immigration Committee for the NLGSF. Karl also makes frequent presentations on post-conviction relief and immigration consequences of crime to immigration practitioners and criminal defense attorneys. He speaks regularly at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Susan Church, AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Boston, MA

Susan Church is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration law and criminal defense. In 2005, Attorney Church founded Demissie & Church. In 2017, Attorney Church successfully sued Donald Trump, obtaining one of the first travel ban victories. Attorney Church received the John Adams pro bono award from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2018. She served as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers of New England from 2017-2018.

Benjamin D. Bergmann, Des Moines, IA

Ben Bergmann is a partner at the Parrish Law Firm. He specializes in crimmigration, the intersection of criminal and immigration law. He has successfully represented many immigrants in felony jury trials, post-conviction relief, and appeals, in state court, the BIA, and federal court.

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