Continuing Legal Education

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 19 & 26, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.


Host: Greene Espel PLLP
Suite 2200
222 S. Ninth St.
Mpls., MN 55402


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.


Labor Trafficking for Legal Professionals: Laws & Response

Friday, December 2, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.


Hosted by: Fredrikson & Byron
200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Mpls., MN 55402-1425


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 recently released 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.

Presenter: Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher

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.