Continuing Legal Education

How YOU Can Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQ Communities WorldWide 
Jointly presented by the Lavender Bar Association, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Ballard Spahr LLP
Please join the Lavender Bar Association in learning about the ways in which LGBTQ communities worldwide are fighting back against attacks on their human rights, and how Midwest-based attorneys, judges, and other advocates can use their unique skills to join these vulnerable communities in advocating for their rights to be protected and advanced, in a time where those rights face a variety of attacks. 
Presenters from Minnesota-based non-profit The Advocates for Human Rights will discuss the areas of the world experiencing major challenges to human rights of LGBTQ individuals, and how attorneys can:
  • Effectively advocate for asylum seekers and others seeking humanitarian protection from deportation
  • Effectively respond to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ unprecedented decision in Matter of A-B-, and its potential impact on the human rights of LGBTQ asylum seekers
  • Assist youth and adults impacted by the administrations’ recent policies regarding family separation and border detention
  • Advocate for those impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban
  • Advocate on behalf of protections for the rights of LGBTQ communities before international treaty bodies
  • Participate in the work of diaspora communities in Minnesota and the Dakotas to advance the rights of LGBTQ individuals in their countries of origin 
Thursday, July 26, 2018
9am to 12:30pm
Ballard Spahr LLP
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
In person attendees will proceed to the 3rd Floor of the IDS Center for the presentation; remote  attendance will be available, and the call in information will be circulated to participants on the day prior to the CLE.
Application will be made for 3.5 standard CLE credits
Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of our hosts, Ballard Spahr
Limited space.
Parking Information:
The IDS Center has a parking ramp that is open to the public with the entry located on Marquette Ave. between 7th & 8th Streets.  Once you are in the ramp, take the elevator up to the Mezzanine(M) level and walk across the atrium to the office tower.
Another alternative is the RSM Plaza ramp located on 8th street & Marquette Ave. RSM Plaza is skyway connected to the IDS center as well.
Connect with many ramp and lot parking locations for downtown Minneapolis at this link.

Basics of Asylum Law and Procedure
This CLE is intended to provide an overview to attorneys and other legal professionals regarding the laws and procedures governing asylum applications before the asylum office and immigration court. The CLE will also cover best practices for working with low income individuals and trauma survivors. This is a good opportunity to learn the information necessary to take on a pro bono case with The Advocates for Human Rights. 
Thursday, August 23, 2018
9 am to 12 pm
Mitchell Hamline Law School Clinic
Legal Practice Center
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Application will be made for 3 standard CLE credits

Labor Trafficking and T-Visa Basics
Please join The Advocates for Human Rights for an introduction to labor trafficking and T-Visa practice. This training will provide attorneys with an overview of labor trafficking and the basics of determining eligibility for a T-Visa, navigating the T-Visa application process, and managing some of the other legal and non-legal issues related to representing T-Visa clients.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Stinson Leonard Street 
50 South Sixth Street
Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Application will be made for 2 CLE credits
Limited space

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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