virtual conference

March 25, 2021 9:00 AM – 3:30  PM EDT

Georgia | Alabama Chapter Conference

Keeping Up: Immigration Practice During the Transition

Panel Discussions

Updates Local
9:00 AM-10:00 AM

This panel will cover recent and anticipated changes coming in the chapter’s region (Georgia and Alabama) as they pertain to agencies such as CBP, EOIR, ICE, and USCIS. Join the panelists as they discuss these updates so that you and your clients will be more prepared to navigate these complex times.

Professionalism
10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Since the conference in August, there have been many changes that impact immigration, including a new Supreme Court Justice, an election, the Atlanta Immigration Court closure for two days for planned protests of the inauguration after people stormed into the U.S. Capitol building, the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Panelists for this session will discuss what professionalism means in 2021. Topics include maintaining civility with various stakeholders, including clients, opposing parties, the courts, colleagues, and the public.

Updates-National
11:10 AM-12:10 PM

Several of President Biden’s 17 Executive Orders issued on his first day in office involved immigration. More changes are expected, including proposed legislation. Panelists will discuss all recent and anticipated changes and how these Orders will impact your representation before various agencies (i.e., CBP, DOL, EOIR, ICE, and USCIS).

Ethics and Technology
12:45 PM-1:45 PM

As practitioners have been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital technologies has surged. Attorneys inevitably have access to private and sensitive information on clients – information generally stored in some form of web/cloud database. This panel will discuss the related ethical issues and tips for using technology to help practitioners work efficiently while protecting clients’ information.  Conversations will include issues unique to smaller/solo practices as well as those particular to larger firms.

Updates-Federal Litigation
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

As Forbes reported in November of 2019, no president has been sued more than President Trump over immigration policies. Many of the lawsuits remain pending in federal courts. Panelists will discuss the latest developments, including case law updates, upcoming potential issues, and arguments to preserve issues.

Panel Discussions

Updates Local 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

This panel will cover recent and anticipated changes coming in the chapter’s region (Georgia and Alabama) as they pertain to agencies such as CBP, EOIR, ICE, and USCIS. Join the panelists as they discuss these updates so that you and your clients will be more prepared to navigate these complex times.

Professionalism 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Since our last Chapter conference in August 2020, there have been many changes that impact immigration, including a new Supreme Court Justice, an election, Immigration Court closures due to civil unrest, the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Speakers will distinguish ethics from professionalism and discuss how they have managed to stay committed to the principles of the Lawyer’s Creed in a rapidly changing legal landscape. Panelists will invite discussion about how our community’s aspirational ideals for professionalism might guide us through the new dawn of immigration law. The discussion will be based on the Lawyer’s Creed, the Aspirational Statement on
Professionalism, and Georgia- pecific written materials including hypothetical scenarios relevant to principles of professionalism in immigration law.

National Agency Updates 11:10 AM-12:10 PM

Several of President Biden’s 17 Executive Orders issued on his first day in office involved immigration. More changes are expected, including proposed legislation. Panelists will discuss all recent and anticipated changes and how these Orders will impact your representation before various agencies (i.e., CBP, DOL, EOIR, ICE, and USCIS).

Ethics and Technology 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

As practitioners have been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital technologies has surged. Attorneys inevitably have access to private and sensitive information on clients – information generally stored in some form of web/cloud database. This panel will discuss the related ethical issues and tips for using technology to help practitioners work efficiently while protecting clients’ information. Conversations will include issues unique to smaller/solo practices as well as those particular to larger firms

Federal Litigation Updates 02:00 PM-03:00 PM

As Forbes reported in November 2019, no president has been sued more than President Trump over immigration policies. Many of the lawsuits remain pending in federal courts. Panelists will discuss the latest developments, including case law updates, upcoming potential issues, and arguments you can make to preserve issues.

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