Continuing Legal Education

Attorney Training to Help Immigrants Targeted by Increased Enforcement

Thurs., March 23
1-4 p.m.
Robins Kaplan LLP
800 Lasalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

No prior immigration experience is needed for this bond hearing training. Attorneys will be trained to represent immigrants in these vital hearings after being apprehended by immigration authorities. In the face of increased detention, legal representation at this stage is crucial to success. CLE credits will be requested. (Refreshments will be served.)

This training is being coordinated by The Advocates for Human Rights; Robins Kaplan LLP, and the University of Minnesota Law School Binger Center for New Americans.

Register here.

Asylum Basics Step-by-Step Training: Focus on Children's Claims

Friday, March 24
3-5 p.m.
Host: Lindquist and Vennum LLP
IDS Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
80 S. 8th St.
Mpls., MN

This CLE will focus on utlizing documentary evidence and supplemental affidavits from witnesses and service proviers to strengthen parts of a client's narrative and bolster a client's legal argument. It will also teach advocates about what to expect during immigration proceedings and how to prepare a chlid client to provide oral testimony during an asylum interview and hearing.


Ttwo standard CLE credits will be applied for.

>>Register here.

Remote attendance may be possible. For this option, please email Sarah  Brenes, or call her at 612-746-4684.

South Dakota Training: Asylum & SIJS for Unaccompanied Minors & Their Families

Fri., March 31
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sioux Falls Federal Courthouse
400 S. Phillips Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

This training is designed to train volunteer attorneys to represent unaccompanied minors and others eligible for asylum, explain the main forms of relief for deportation for which they are eligible, and instruct attorneys in applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SJIS) on behalf of children and their famliies. The Advocates will provide detailed practice and procedural information, as well as materials and templates that will assist attorneys in handling these cases. The Advocates will also describe the mentoring and other resources available to volunteer attorneys and explain next steps in taking on asylym or SJIS cases through The Advocates.

In addition to the session being held at the Sioux Falls Federal Courthouse, people who are in Pierre or Rapid City can participate via videocasts.

Three standard CLE credits will be applied for.

>>Register here.

Model Hearing Program for Pro Bono Attorneys

Wed., April 19
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location of morning session:

Afternoon session will be held at:
Immigration Court
1 Federal Dr.
Suite 1850
Fort Snelling, MN 55111

This free seminar is designed for attorneys with little to no immigration law experience. It will provide hands-on immigration court training to a prospective pro bono attorneys emphasizing practice, procedure, and advocacy skills in order to improve the level and quality of representation before the Fort Snelling Immigration Court. An introductory training will take place in the morning, followed by mock hearings with an immigration judge in the afternoon.

Through simulated master calendar and individual hearings, participants will have opportunities to serve in the role of respondent counsel, ICE trial attorney, and respondent witness. Sample case scenarios will be provided in advance of the training.

All participants must accept a pro bono case with The Advocates for Human Rights in the coming year. Registration will be capped at 30 participants.

Six CLE credits will be applied for.


>>Register here

Remote CLE Trainings Available

The Advocates for Human Rights offers a variety of CLEs for attorneys, including remote trainings. Consider these upcoming opportunities. A number of trainings are available for viewing at your convenience.
Three-Hour Comprehensive Asylum Basics Training
For attorneys with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training provides an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure and reviews the necessary documentary evidence needed to file an asylum application. Also provided are tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers.

Getting the Story Out - Asylum Affidavits Webinar
The Advocates' webinar on drafting your asylum client's affidavit.
Asylum Corroboration and Testimony Webinar
The Advocates' webinar on corroborating an asylum application and preparing your client to testify.