Continuing Legal Education

Immigrant Attorneys Among Us

Thursday, January 18th
11:30am - 2:00pm

Dorsey and Whitney
50th South 6th St
Suite 1500, Seattle Room
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE (for current Advocates attorneys only)
2 elimination of bias credits applied for

This CLE will provide an opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel of our colleages about their successes and challenges faced in the process of becoming attorneys as immigrants to Minnesota. This is a popular, annual MSBA CLE, in which we get to hear some unique insights from our fellow attorneys. To register, please contact Kara Haro, MSBA Section Services Manager at kharo@mnbar.org or (612) 278-6329 to register. When registering, mention that you are an Advocates volunteer attorney.


Monitoring and Documenting Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation – Featuring Case Studies of Montenegro and Serbia

This event has been postponed. New date will be posted soon.

Greene Espel
222 South 9th Street
Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
 
FREE
1 standard CLE credit applied for. Lunch will be provided.
 
Monitoring how governments implement legislation on domestic violence is a critical component of promoting victim safety and holding offenders accountable. The Advocates for Human Rights leads volunteers to conduct fact-finding to investigate how systems actors are using their laws, identify gaps in their responses, and make recommendations on how to remedy those problems based on an international legal human rights framework. This panel will present on how The Advocates uses monitoring to strengthen governments’ responses to violence against women and profile two case examples, Serbia and Montenegro. Women’s Program Director Rosalyn Park will describe The Advocates’ work to end violence against women using monitoring and documentation. Volunteer Megan Walsh will describe her experiences monitoring domestic violence in Montenegro and share findings and recommendations. The Advocates’ staff attorney Theresa Dykoschak will present findings and recommendations from The Advocates’ monitoring project in Serbia.
 

Asylum Basics

Friday, February 16th
9 am - 12 pm

Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP 
90 South 7th Street 
Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE
3 standard CLE credits applied for

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. In person and remote attendance available.

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Human Rights Defender Project: Bond Project Training

Thursday, February 22nd
9am - 12pm

Robins Kaplan LLP
800 Lasalle Ave #2800,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE
3 standard CLE credits applied 

James H. Binger Center for New Americans, Robins Kaplan LLC, and The Advocates for Human Rights presents the Human Rights Defender Project - Bond Project Training. The Bond Project seeks attorneys with minimal to no immigration experience who are interested in representing detainees at their bond hearings. This training provides an introduction to immigration bond proceedings and the basics of how to handle a bond case. Existing Bond Project attorneys will also be sharing their experience working on bond cases.

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Upper Midwest Immigration and Asylum Conference

Friday, March 9, 2018
8am-5pm

University of St. Thomas School of Law
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Advocates for Human Rights and the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association present the annual Upper Midwest Immigration & Asylum Conference. Seasoned immigration practitioners join attorneys and paralegals new to immigration law - including pro bono attorneys - to get the latest updates and learn the basics. The Upper Midwest Immigration & Asylum Conference brings together employment-based, family-based, removal defense, and humanitarian practitioners to share information vital to this dynamic practice.

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Representing Asylum Seekers in Removal Proceedings for South Dakota attorneys

This free seminar led by the staff of The Advocates for Human Rights will provide training for attorneys on representing asylum seekers and will emphasize best practices in representing asylum seekers in court, tailored to South Dakota based pro bono attorneys. The goal is to enable South Dakota based volunteer attorneys to practice successfully before the Fort Snelling Immigration Court in representing asylum seekers. This training is designed for South Dakota based attorneys with little or no immigration law experience. However, because this training will cover more advanced information, we recommend that attendees who have not already attended our asylum basics training view the recording here before attending this training.

The training will include the opportunity to practice portions of a Mock Hearing, as well as to observe a real master calendar hearing taking place from the South Dakota Federal Courthouse via Video Conference. South Dakota-based attorney Casey Eekhoff will share insights following her recent success representing a family of asylum seekers in attaining protection from deportation before the Immigration Court.

3.0 standard CLE credits will be requested from the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Ballard Spahr LLP will generously offer complimentary lunch to training participants. Please be sure to include your dietary restrictions in the registration link below.

Date and Time

Fri, March 16, 2018
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

Location

United States Courthouse
400 South Phillips Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 

Please register here>>

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY FOR THE AFTERNOON TRAINING


Immigration Law for Criminal Defense Attorneys in South Dakota

This CLE will provide criminal defense attorneys with an overview of important issues to consider when representing noncitizen clients in criminal proceedings. Topics will include immigration detention, bond basics, consequences of certain criminal charges, and how to remedy pleas and convictions.

The session will be led by Kathy Moccio who is an immigration law professor with the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is a nationally recognized expert on "crim-imm" issues and formerly served as a Hennepin Country Assistant Public Defender where she focused on helping noncitiizens navigate criminal and immigration law.

2.0 standard CLE credits will be requested from the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Date and Time

Fri, March 16, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Location

United States Courthouse
400 South Phillips Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 

Please register here>>

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY FOR THE MORNING TRAINING


Asylum Step by Step: Gender-Based Asylum Claims

Two-Part Series: Friday, March 23, 9-11am, and Friday, April 6, 9-11am

Nilan, Johnson, and Lewis
120 South 6th St
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE

Part I: Friday, March 23, 9-11 am

This CLE will train advocates to prepare and conduct successful client interviews with survivors of significant gender based violence, including children. This training will feature tips, strategies, and clear example of eliciting relevant facts from a survivor of gender based violence for an asylum claim and to transform the survivor's story into an affidavit that is persuasive to the adjudicator.

Two CLE Credits Applied For

>>Register here

Part II: Friday, April 6, 9-11 am 

This CLE will train advocates to work with survivors of gender based violence seeking asylum to gather corroborating evidence and prepare them to testify the asylum office and the immigration court. The training will focus on the unique considerations when documenting and asylum case for a survivor of gender based violence and preparing survivors of all ages to tell their stories so that the adjudicator gets the information they need to verify asylum eligibility. This training will feature tips, strategies, and clear examples of corroborating a child client's asylum claim with other witness' statements and evidence and to prepare the asylum seeker to understand the role of adjudicator and to shape their reasons for fleeing their country into a cohesive, chronological narrative. 

Two CLE Credits Applied For

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Model Hearing Program for Pro Bono Attorneys 

Friday, April 13th
9:00am - 4:30pm

Immigration Court  
1 Federal Dr., Suite 1850 
Fort Sneling, MN 55111

FREE

This free seminar will provide hands-on immigration court training to a small group of 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. Through simulated Master Calender and Individual Hearings, participants have an opportunity to serve in the role of respondent's counsel, ICE Trial Attorney and respondent witness. Sample case scenarios will be provided in advance of the training. An introductory training will take place in the morning, followed by mock heraings with an immigration judge in the afternoon. This training is designed for attorneys with little or no immigration law experience. All participants must accept a pro bono case with The Advocates for Human Rights in the coming year.

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Remote Training Opportunities

The Advocates for Human Rights offers a number of asylum-based trainings throughout the year. A number of these trainings are now available for viewing at your own convenience. 

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