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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application
Why You Should Attend
In today’s enforcement environment, it is essential for all immigration practitioners who advise or represent immigrants with final orders of removal to know how to recognize various bases for reopening cases and skillfully put together motions to reopen. A motion to reopen may be the only way to rectify old mistakes in the case, or raise new legal arguments and forms of relief. At the same time, a badly-prepared motion to reopen will prejudice a client even more and, without a stay of removal, may ultimately be useless.
In this training, expert practitioners will review the rules and strategic considerations for motions to reopen, and provide advice on how to prepare strong motions to reopen. They will also provide a series of specific case examples of different kinds of motions to reopen, including for changed country conditions, post-conviction relief, changes in law, citizenship claims, and ineffective assistance of counsel. The panelists will also discuss how to obtain a stay of removal to protect clients from removal while your motion is being considered.
Who Should Attend
This training is intended for both novice and experienced immigration practitioners.