Prosecutorial Discretion: Advanced Topics

Prosecutorial Discretion: Advanced Topics

Prosecutorial Discretion: Advanced Topics - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 3/15/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) has issued guidance on when to seek prosecutorial discretion (PD) for respondents in proceedings but is now taking a rigid approach as to implementation. In addition, ongoing litigation has impacted both viability and implementation. The expert faculty on this advanced panel will discuss whether seeking PD is always in your client’s best interests. They also will identify issues to consider when deciding whether, and when, to pursue PD.

Featured Topics:

  • Litigation, Memoranda, and Recent Enforcement Guidelines
  • Navigating Administrative Closure vs. Termination
  • When Can PD Hurt My Client’s Eligibility for Obtaining an Interim Benefit or Relief?
    • Loss of Work Permit Eligibility, Impact on Qualifying Relatives
  • Ensuring That Your Client Understands the Benefits and Risks of a PD Grant, Getting Informed Consent from Client to Pursue a PD Request
  • Less Usual Usage: Narrowing Issues and Getting Grants
  • When PD Fails, Can You Get Judicial Discretion Instead?

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Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (DL), AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief, University Park, PA

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (she, her) is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar; and Founding Director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law-University Park. She has published widely in the area of immigation prosecutorial discretion and the intersection of race, national security and immigration and also serves as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief for the AILA Law Journal. Wadhia is a 1999 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Helen Parsonage, Winston-Salem, NC

Helen Parsonage is a Partner at EMP Law Firm. She received her JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Helen believes in providing caring, thoughtful and thorough representation for each and every person. Helen focuses on helping individuals navigate the maze of rules, procedures and processes created by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and those facing criminal charges or deportation. She represents clients facing criminal charges in both state and federal court. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys in the Middle District of North Carolina, and is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Middle and Western District Federal Courts as well as the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Keli Reynolds, Los Angeles CA

Keli M. Reynolds is a partner at Olmos & Reynolds Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles. She represents clients in immigration and post-conviction matters. Ms. Reynolds has served as ICE liaison for the LA County Bar Association since 2014. Ms. Reynolds received her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

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