Continuing Legal Education

 


Minnesota Detention Project Volunteer Training

Friday, June 9
9pm - 12pm 

Robins Kaplan LLP
800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Moot Courtroom
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE

In anticipation of increased detention of immigrants, please join us for a CLE to orient interested attorneys and interpreters to volunteering with the Minnesota Detention Project. Volunteers are needed to assist with everything from client intake, interpretation, representation in master calendar and bond hearings, application preparation and representation at merits hearings. The training will include a series of simulated hearings to expose volunteers to real-time issues that arise in the context of representing detained immigrants.

Presenters: Sarah Brenes, Director Refugee and Immigrant Program, The Advocates for Human Rights and Linus Chan, Director Detainee Rights Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School

3 standard CLE credit applied for

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Asylum and Family Reunification 

Wednesday, June 28
12pm - 1pm 

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

FREE with Lunch Provided

Every year thousands of people who suffer persecution flee their home countries o seek refuge in the United States. After surviving untold horrors, these people have no choice but to leave everything behind: their homes, their jobs, their communities and even their families. 

This unique CLE will share one of these stories through a special screening of the short award-winning documentary “Refugee” about a West African woman who made the biggest sacrifice of all when she boarded a plane for the US in 2003, leaving her 5 children behind. Despite the trauma of her past, a life-threatening illness, and the harsh realities of life in the South Bronx, Aicha perseveres, driven solely by the desire to provide her children with a better future and to be reunited with them once again.

Following the film, The Advocates for Human Rights will present an overview on the legal process of family reunification for refugees. 

Presenter: Sarah Brenes, Director, Refugee and Immigrant Program, The Advocates for Human Rights
 

1 standard CLE credit applied for

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Representing Clients Before the Immigration Court
 
Friday, July 14
9am - 4:30pm


Robins Kaplan LLP
800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Moot Courtroom
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE

This training and simulation 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 Immigration Court. The training consists of a morning workshop covering substance and procedure with a mocking hearing in the afternoon. Attorneys attending this training will be asked to take on a pro bono case within the next year. 

6 standard CLE credits applied for

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Human Rights Advocacy at the United Nations

Wednesday, July 26
12pm - 1:30pm 

Greene Espel
Campbell Mithun Tower 
222 South Ninth Street,
Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE with Lunch Provided

In March 2017, The Advocates for Human Rights led a delegation to conduct human rights advocacy before the United Nations. Pro bono attorneys Lisa Borden, Matthew Forsgren, Margaret Grieve and Mark Petty will discuss their experiences traveling to Geneva to advocate before the Human Rights Council, treaty bodies and special procedures. Panelists will describe how they used U.N. human rights mechanisms to enforce international legal standards related to women’s rights, the death penalty, torture, racial discrimination, and the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the impact of their work.

Moderator: Rose Park, Director, Women's Human Rights Program, The Advocates for Human Rights

1.5 Standard CLE credits applied for

 Lunch will be provided. Please register by Monday, July 24.

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Human Trafficking in Minnesota

Wednesday, August 9
12pm - 1pm 

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

FREE with Lunch Provided

Minnesota has the opportunity to become a national leader in its response to all forms of human trafficking, both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Already, Minnesota provides important safeguards to commercially sexually exploited minors, while holding perpetrators accountable. The same commitment toward victim protection and perpetrator accountability can help address serious forms of labor exploitation, including trafficking.

Minnesota legal professionals will play a vital role in preventing and responding to human trafficking. This CLE will provide basic definitions of human trafficking, including labor exploitation and labor trafficking; help legal professionals recognize indicators of potentially trafficked individuals and the risk factors of victims; and describe appropriate responses when working with potential victims of trafficking. The Advocates will present findings from their report, Asking the Rights Questions: A Human Rights Approach to Ending Trafficking and Exploitation in the Workplace to illuminate the challenges facing victims of labor trafficking in Minnesota.

1 standard CLE credit applied for

Presenters: Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher and Therese Dykoschak, Staff Attorney

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Representing Central American Asylum Seekers

Friday, September 15th
12pm - 1pm

Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
90 S 7th St #2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

FREE

Women and children from Central America continue to flee unabated violence in the region as the government continues to detain families and expedite their cases. In this CLE, The Advocates will share lessons learned from the victories and challenges these cases have presented to inspire a new volunteers to help refugees seeking protection.

1 standard CLE credit applied for

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Asylum Law & Introduction to Pro Bono Attorneys

Friday, September 22nd
9am - 12pm

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

FREE

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.

3 standard CLE credits applied for

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

Friday, October 6th
9 am - 11am

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

FREE

This is part I of a two-part series and will focus on the initial stages of removal proceedings for asylum seekers including preparation for the initial master calendar hearing. Participants will learn how to conduct client interviews and prepare asylum applications with individuals who have experienced significant trauma and are in removal proceedings.

2 standard CLE credits applied for

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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

FREE

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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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.