Continuing Legal Education

Human Rights Under the New Administration

Wednesday, March 8
12pm - 1pm

@
Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425

FREE

The Advocates for Human Rights will present an overview of the impact of recent executive policies and orders on human rights, including immigration and how it impacts women’s rights. The presentation will also address the U.S. government’s obligations under international human rights law in the context of these policies. 

1 Standard CLE credit applied for.

Presenters: Robin Phillips, Executive Director &  Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director, Director of Advocacy

>>Register here


CLE Over Lunch: Asylum Basics

Fri., March 10
11:30 a.m. - Sign in & lunch (provided)
Noon -1 p.m. - CLE session
@
Host, Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren
Founders Room, 10th Floor
8300 Norman Center Drive
Bloomington, MN

This lunchtime CLE is for attorneys and support staff with minimal to no asylum experience interested in representing clients seeking asylum through The Advocates for Human Rights' pro bono program. This training provides an introduction to asylum law and procedure, and it reviews the documentary evidence needed for asylum applications. Tips and advice regarding representation of low-income asylum seekers will also be featured. Free.

One standard CLE credit will be applied for.

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

Fridays, March 10 & 24
3-5 p.m.
@
Host: Lindquist and Vennum LLP
IDS Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
80 S. 8th St.
Mpls., MN

March 10 Session
This CLE will train advocates to prepare and conduct successful client interviews with children who have experienced significant violence. This training will feature tips, strategies, and clear examples of eliciting relevant facts from a child client for an asylum claim and to transform the child's story into an affidavit that is age-appropriate and persuasive to the adjudicator.

March 24 Session
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.

Free.

For each session, two standard CLE credits will be applied for.

>>Register here. You may register for one or both of the sessions.

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:
TBD

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.

Free.

>>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.