Continuing Legal Education

Asylum Law Introduction for Pro Bono Attorneys

Fri., Sept. 30
9 a.m. - Noon

Hosted by:
Stinson Leonard Street
16th Floor Conference Center
150 S. Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This CLE is for attorneys and support staff with minimal to no asylum experience who are willing to represent a client seeking asylum through The Advocates' pro bono program. This training will provide an in-depth introduction to asylum law and procedure, and it will review the necessary documentary evidence needed to file an asylum application. Tips and advice regarding representation of low income asylum seekers will also be provided.

Light refreshments will be available.

3 standard CLE credits will be applied for.

Register here.

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Asylum Step-by-Step Training Series

Asylum Step-by-Step is a four-part series designed to provide volunteer attorneys with skills and techniques necessary to successfully represent asylum seekers, avoid common pitfalls, and learn from attorneys experienced with asylum law. You may enroll in one or all of the sessions.

Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.
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Host: Greene Espel PLLP
Suite 2200
222 S. Ninth St.
Mpls., MN 55402


Oct. 5 - Getting the Story Out: Interviewing Trauma Victims
Train to adequately prepare and conduct successful client interviews with individuals who have experienced significant violence and may suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 1 standard CLE credit will be applied for. Register here.

Oct. 12 - In Her Own Words: Drafting the Asylum Affidavit
Learn tips, strategies, and clear examples to transform a long, in-depth interview into a detailed and credible personal statement that will give a client's story clarity and power. 1 standard CLE credit will be applied for. Register here.

Oct. 19 - Corroborating the Case: Proper Use of Witness and Evidence
Learn to capitalize on documentary evidence and supplemental affidavits from witnesses or service providers to strengthen parts of a client's narrative, bolstering a client's legal argument. 1 standard CLE credit will be applied for. Register here.

Oct. 26 - Telling the Story: Preparing to Testify
Prepare for what to expect during immigration proceedings and how to prepare a client for oral testimony under oath.1 standard CLE credit will be applied for. Register here.

Remote attendance for each of the sessions may be possible. For this option, contact Sarah Brenes by email or by calling her at 612-746-4684.

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The Death Penalty & Terrorism

Mon., Oct. 10
Noon - 1 p.m.

Hosted by:
Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Being held in recognition of World Day Against the Death Penalty, this CLE will focus on the use of the death penalty in connection with terrorism. Running against the abolitionist worldwide movement, some governments have in recent years resorted to use of the death penalty following terrorist attacks on their countries, in the name of protecting their countries and peoples.

In the last 10 years, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Tunisia, and others have adopted laws that expanded the scope of the death penalty, adding certain terrorist acts to the list of crimes punishable by death. More recently, Pakistan and Chad resumed executions in the name of the fight against terrorism, putting an end to moratoriums that had lasted for years. 

The Advocates' Jennifer Prestholdt and Amy Bergquist will be presenting. 1 CLE credit applied for.

Register here.

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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.