Recently, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the attorney general (AG) have issued decisions that radically changed many aspects of immigration law, from post-conviction relief, to the definition of particular social groups, to immigration consequences of DUIs. The panelists will discuss hot topics from recent BIA and AG decisions, and how circuit courts have responded. They also will advise on how these decisions have changed the analysis for certain case types and provide tips for putting your clients in the best position despite changes that are often detrimental to their cases.
- Update and Overview: Recent BIA and AG Decisions that Have Radically Changed Immigration Law
- How the Circuit Courts Have Responded to the BIA and AG Decisions
- How to Utilize Circuit Court Decisions to Your Client’s Advantage
- Trends in Recent Decisions from the BIA and AG
- Preparing Your Clients for the Future
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Geoffrey A. Hoffman (DL), Houston, TX
Geoffrey A. Hoffman is a clinical professor and the director of the immigration clinic at the University of Houston Law Center. He was formerly an attorney with Kurzban Kurzban Weinger & Tetzeli P.A., in Miami, Florida and received the AILA Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Hoffman received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and J.D. from Tulane Law School.
Russell Abrutyn, AILA Amicus Committee Chair, Berkley, MI
Russell Abrutyn founded Abrutyn Law, located in Berkley, Michigan. He chairs AILA’s Amicus Committee, serves on the Membership Committee, and is a Message Center Moderator. Russell is the Michigan Chapter’s Treasurer. He has successfully litigated many cases before the BIA and circuit courts. Russell has received numerous awards for his immigration work. He is a regular speaker at immigration conferences. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Washington State, and multiple federal courts.
Jeffrey Chase, Brooklyn, NY
Jeffrey S. Chase is of counsel to the law firm of DiRaimondo & Masi, PC in NYC. Jeff is a former Immigration Judge and Senior Legal Advisor at the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is a past recipient of AILA’s Pro Bono Award. He is the founder of the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, which was awarded AILA’s 2019 Advocacy Award. His immigration law blog can be found at jeffreyschase.com