Continuing Legal Education

Unaccompanied And At Risk: Changing Policies towards UACs and their families, strategic responses, and how you can help

Friday, October 13th 
8 am -10:30 am 

Dorsey & Whitney
50 South Sixth Street
Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498 


The new administration has signaled many changes impacting unaccompanied children and their family members. The AILA pro bono committee is excited to offer a panel to help you learn practical ways to protect your clients and information on opportunities to engage with local pro bono efforts to serve impacted children. Michelle Rivero will moderate, and panelists will include Ana Pottratz Acosta, Rebecca Scholtz, Micaela Schuneman, Kara Rieke and Alison Griffith. Panelists will address national trends in enforcement against UAC’s (Rebecca Scholtz), updates on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status law and best practices (Kara Rieke), updates on representing UAC’s before USCIS and the immigration courts (Alison Griffith), and updates on how changes to the Central American Minor program affect our community (Ana Pottratz Acosta and Micaela Schuneman).

In person and remote attendance available. Light refreshments served. 2.5 CLE credits applied for.

This event is hosted by AILA Minnesota Dakotas. Please register here. If you are not an AILA member, you may contact Alison Griffith to register.

Human Rights Advocacy at the United Nations

Monday, October 16th
12 pm - 1:20 pm

444 W. Lake Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606


This CLE is 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. Tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers will also be provided.

1.5 standard CLE credits applied for; Lunch will be provided.

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Asylum Step-by-Step in Removal Proceedings - Part II

Friday, October 20th
9 am - 11am

Fredrikson & Byron
200 South 6th St
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402


This is part II of a two-part series and will focus on the final stages of removal proceedings for asylum seekers including preparation for the individual merits hearing. Participants will learn how to conduct country condition research, address document authentication, identify an expert witness and prepare the client to testify before the immigration court.

2 standard CLE credits applied for

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Current Immigration Enforcement Trends Targeting the Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children:  What Immigration Practitioners Need to Know about the Administration’s Focus on Smuggling Allegations
Monday, October 23, 2017
9:30am to 12:00pm

Lindquist & Vennum, LLP
IDS Center, 80 S. 8th Street
3rd Floor Conference Center
Minneapolis, MN  55402


In a February 2017 memo implementing President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would target for immigration enforcement and federal criminal prosecution the family members of unaccompanied children (UCs) who had “directly or indirectly—facilitate[d] the illegal smuggling or trafficking of an alien child into the United States.” In the summer of 2017, the DHS arrested and detained caretakers, or “sponsors,” of UCs across the country with various immigration and criminal consequences. It was reported that some 400 arrests were conducted as part of this enforcement action as of August 18, 2017; it remains to be seen what further enforcement actions will be taken as part of the DHS’s announced plan to target the caretakers of UCs whom it alleges have participated in smuggling. Presenters will discuss current trends in this area and the immigration and criminal consequences that can result from smuggling allegations. Participants will learn strategies for conducting timely legal screenings and risk advisals for this vulnerable population to try to prevent or mitigate harm to families. The presenters will discuss specific steps to consider in the event that a family member of a UC is targeted for enforcement. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up to conduct limited-scope pro bono screenings and advisals for family members of UCs in need of legal assistance.

Reggie Aligada, First Assistant Defender, Office of the Federal Defender, District of Minnesota

Rebecca Scholtz, Staff Attorney with CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project

2.5 standard CLE credits applied for.

This CLE is co-sponsored by AILA, Advocates for Human Rights, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and Volunteer Lawyers Network. Please register here. If you are not an AILA member, please contact Alison Griffith to register.

A Symposium on the Science and Law of the Minnesota Protocol
Saturday, November 4th
9am - 2pm

Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of M
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55455


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On May 24th, 2017, the UN announced the release of the updated Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death. The Minnesota Protocol is a UN-mandated manual that sets out the international standards for investigating violations of the right to life and provides best practices for conducting autopsies and forensic analysis of potentially unlawful death or suspected enforced disappearance.  Integrating science and law, the Minnesota Protocol has been key to establishing accountability for over 25 years through its use in investigations in every region of the world, including in such places as Rwanda, Bosnia, and East Timor. 

This FREE symoposium will share the unique Minnesota roots of this UN manual and how its latest 2016 revision has brought the Protocol into the 21st century with new guidelines that establish detailed procedures for crime-scene investigations, interviews of suspects and witnesses, the excavation of graves, post-mortem examinations, and the analysis of skeletal remains. The symposium will feature some of the original creators of the Protocol, as well as local and international experts. Additional panels will discuss accountability and challenges in the U.S. context.

This event is made possible with support from the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation

Cosponsors: The Advocates for Human Rights, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Institute for Global Studies, and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Program.  

4.5 standard CLE credits applied for

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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.