March 25, 2021 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT
Georgia | Alabama Chapter Conference
Keeping Up: Immigration Practice During the Transition
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.
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.
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.
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.