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How Do I Prepare for a Bond Hearing? – General Mechanics and Tips on Preparing Clients and Witnesses for Custody Hearings

Recorded on: Apr. 19, 2017
Running Time: 01:00:20

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Taken from the Web Program Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention recorded April, 2017 in San Francisco.

How Do I Prepare for a Bond Hearing? – General Mechanics and Tips on Preparing Clients and Witnesses for Custody Hearings [01:00:20]

In preparing for a bond hearing, it is important to meet directly with the client beforehand to adequately prepare him or her for testimony.  Additionally, supporting documents should be gathered for the detained client, including letters of support, proof of status of family members, and proof that a client will be entering into a rehabilitation program, depending on the circumstances of the case.  Aside from working with the client directly, as well as the client’s family members, other factors to consider are having pre-trial discussions with the Office of the Chief Counsel, preparing a witness list, and establishing a record for appeal.  This part of the panel will review the nuts and bolts of presenting a strong case during custody hearings, and also discuss what the immigration judge wants to know and will weigh as factors in determining whether your client will receive bond. This panel will also discuss considerations in the context of pro bono representation.
(Skills credit for NY attorneys)

Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee, Adhemir Romero

Presentation Material

  • Sample Motion for Release on Conditional Parole or Alternatively to Set a Bond at $1500 and Index of Exhibits
    Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee, Adhemir H. Romero
  • Sample Motion for a Bond Hearing Based on Changed Circumstances
    Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee, Adhemir H. Romero
Lisa Knox ~ Immigration Staff Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza
Christina H Lee ~ Founding Partner, Becker & Lee LLP
Adhemir H Romero ~ Associate Attorney, Becker & Lee LLP
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