Waivers in Removal Proceedings: Beyond the Basics

Waivers in Removal Proceedings: Beyond the Basics

Waivers in Removal Proceedings: Beyond the Basics - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 5/19/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The panelists on this intermediate/advanced seminar will go beyond the basics and delve into complex aspects of various waivers in removal proceedings, including shifting burdens, heightened standards for relief, post-conviction relief, and the validity of legislative modifications to criminal sentences.

Featured Topics:

  • Pereida v. Wilkinson: What to Do with an Inconclusive Record
  • The Impact of Post-Conviction Relief, Sentence Modifications, and Pardons
  • Strategies for “Violent or Dangerous” Crimes
  • Prosecutorial Discretion: Hail Mary, or Viable Option Despite a Criminal Record?

The need for fearless legal counsel in removal proceedings has never been greater. This seminar is presented as part of AILA’s Fearless Lawyering series, which empowers the removal defense bar with the latest tactics, tools, and strategies.


AILA Membership Benefit – Access to Free Seminar Recordings (CLE Credit Available for $35)
Enjoy access to free seminar recordings (from October 2020–present) as an AILA Member. AILA encourages live attendance for those wishing to ask the speaker questions. CLE credit is included with purchase for live participants.

Recordings will be available approximately two weeks after the live event date. AILA members can access these seminars, with no CLE credit, for free. Recordings are CLE eligible in most jurisdictions and an administration fee is required to obtain CLE credit.

Contact us at cle@aila.org or visit AILA’s Web Seminar Recordings page for more information about receiving CLE credit for a web seminar recording.

Christine M. Hernandez (DL), Denver, CO

Christine M. Hernandez is a Shareholder with HERNANDEZ & ASSOCIATES, PC. Her practice focuses on removal defense, appellate work before the BIA and Tenth Circuit, and consular processing. Ms. Hernandez received her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2005).

Maura Finn, Atlanta GA

Maura Finn is a Lead Attorney with Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) of Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Prior to joining SPLC in March 2020, she was an associate with Vazquez and Servi, P.C. She received her J.D. from Emory Law School in 2013.

Rina M. Gandhi, Fairfax, VA

Rina Gandhi is a partner at Murray Osorio PLLC. She specializes in immigrant and nonimmigrant waivers for unlawful presence, fraud, and crimes. Rina serves as the co-chair for AILA-DC's Advocacy Committee. She received her J.D. from William and Mary in 2014.

David Isaacson, New York NY

David A. Isaacson, a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, is a Partner at Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC in New York City. He is admitted in New York, New Jersey, and Ontario. David is co-chair of the Federal Practice Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a member of the AILA national Amicus Committee, and is a frequent speaker at AILA conferences, including the AILA Annual Conferences of 2012-2015, 2017-2019, and 2021. David’s practice includes a variety of family-based and employment-based applications for both nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence, as well as waivers, naturalization and citizenship matters, asylum cases, other removal proceedings such as those stemming from criminal convictions or denied applications for adjustment of status, and federal litigation.

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.

Eligible participants can receive up to 1.8 CLE credit hours. AILA will administer CLE credit only to individuals who register and log into the web seminar. AILA cannot verify your attendance and participation in this program unless you register directly for the web seminar and use your name to log in to participate in the program. Therefore, persons who log in or listen in on the web seminar as part of a group will not be able to obtain CLE credit.

Please note that your jurisdiction may limit the amount of distance learning credit you can earn. To view details on your jurisdiction's credit restrictions and CLE requirements, visit the CLE Center.

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To receive CLE credit for the live event, attorneys must record web seminar attendance and the CLE code provided within one week of the web seminar date via webCLE.

Contact us at cle@aila.org or visit AILA’s Web Seminar Recordings page for more information about receiving CLE credit for a seminar recording.