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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

Pro Bono Library Category: Webinars
  • January 2020 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: Fee Waiver Strategies, Plus Late-Breaking Updates

    Tahirih’s Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone for a review of late breaking updates on immigration law and policy. Then, at the 29:04 mark, Tahirih Houston Immigration Staff Attorney Libby Hasse delves into best practices, strategies, and practice pointers for successful USCIS fee waiver requests.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

     

     

  • December 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: Immigration Court 101, Plus Late-Breaking Updates

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation and case law updates related to the treatment of Matter of A-B-, Convention Against Torture eligibility, adverse credibility determination case law, MPP (“Remain in Mexico”) and expedited credible fear process updates along the border, and more.  At the 22:228 mark, Greater DC Managing Attorney Adilene Nuñez Huang walks through critical information you need to know before representing your pro bono client in immigration court.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • November 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: VAWA Nuts and Bolts, plus Late Breaking Updates

    • Publication Date: November 25, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars
    • Pro Bono Library Tags: Asylum, VAWA

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation updates, proposed rules related to USCIS fees, fee waivers, and asylum applicant work authorization applications, and an interim final rule implementing “safe third country” agreements for asylum seekers. At the 36:36 mark, Kursten Phelps reviews practical, introductory information on the nuts and bolts of filing a VAWA self-petition for immigrant survivors who are abused by their U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses.

    Update: After this webinar was recorded, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined DHS from requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. That edition has been removed from the USCIS forms website.  USCIS has reverted to requiring the 03/13/18 edition of Form I-912 until further notice.  USCIS will also accept prior editions or a written request.   Please consult with your Tahirih mentor attorney for advice on which version of the I-912 form you should use in your case.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • October Pro Bono Briefing: Presidential Proclamation, Litigation Updates, BIA Memo, and U Visa Timelines

    • Publication Date: October 24, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars

    Update: On November 2,2019  a federal judge in Oregon issues a temporary restraining order that delays implementation of the presidential proclamation related to health insurance discussed in this briefing. The order halts implementation of the proclamation for 28 days pending litigation challenging the proclamation.

    Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone review an October 4 presidential proclamation that will prevent many immigrants from entering the country on certain immigrant visas unless they will be covered by “approved health insurance,” provides updates on litigation challenging the public charge rule, breaks down a new memo affecting BIA appeals, reviews U visa timelines, and provides other recent

    updates in law and policy that might impact your pro bono cases.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Pro Bono Briefing: Public Charge and Other Recent Policy Updates

    • Publication Date: September 18, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars

    Update: After this briefing was recorded there were two key developments on the public charge rule. On October 10, the Department of State issued a similar public charge rule for individuals applying for visas at U.S. consulates abroad. The DOS rule will take effect on October 15, 2019, but will not be implemented until relevant forms are published.  On October 11, three federal courts issued injunctions on the implementation of the new DHS public charge rule. Pending litigation on the merits, implementation of the public charge rule is enjoined nationwide, as it relates to applicants seeking to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident within the United States.

    Tahirih’s Chief of Programs Rená Cutlip-Mason and Tahirih’s Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone discuss the new public rule in detail, provide litigation and case law updates related to the asylum ban, Matter of A-B-, and Matter of L-E-A, and discuss a new Department of Justice regulation re-organizing and changing processes at the Board of Immigration Appeals.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Pro Bono Briefing: Overview and Practice Pointers on the Newest Asylum Ban and Expansion of Expedited Removal

    Update: After recording this briefing, the Supreme Court on September 11, 2019, stayed the Northern District of California’s preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the asylum ban rule, allowing the rule to take effect pending litigation on the merits.

    Tahirih’s Legal and Social Services Director Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone walk you through the administration’s moves to ban asylum for almost everyone arriving at the southern border, and to expand authority to remove large numbers of people without getting a day in court, what it means for your clients, and strategies for your cases.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Overview and Tips on USCIS RFE and NTA Memos

    Greater DC Immigration Staff Attorney, Adi Nunez Huang, explains the UCSCIS memos that have been issued in the past year regarding Requests for Evidence and issuance of Notices to Appear on denied affirmative applications, the impact they may have on Tahirih clients, and how to best move forward.