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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
Each year in the United States, The Department of Homeland Security places over 400,000 in immigration detention. Data shows that release from immigration detention on bond not only allows noncitizens to avoid detention during exceedingly lengthy court proceedings, but also greatly increases their success rates in ultimately avoiding deportation. Because individuals in Immigration Court proceedings generally only have once chance at a bond hearing, and bond is so vital to their cases, lives, and families, it is imperative to have a firm grasp of basic bond issues, such as how to adequately prepare clients for bond hearings. Even attorneys who have had experience handling bond hearings will benefit from a thorough review of the constantly evolving legal determinations of bond eligibility and the legal issues that often arise after bond is denied.
This three-part training is designed to provide immigration attorneys with the basic tools necessary to determine bond eligibility and to represent detained clients in bond proceedings, including the knowledge necessary to zealously advocate for clients subject to prolonged detention. This training will focus on practice in the Ninth Circuit and will address the recent Supreme Court decision Jennings v. Rodriguez, and what advocates in Northern California are doing to advocate in favor of periodic bond hearings for individuals subject to prolonged detention.
What You Will Learn
• Who Is Eligible for Bond Hearings Initially? How to determine initial bond or conditional parole eligibility based on the client’s immigration history and criminal background, including Matter of Joseph hearings, and how to request a bond hearing for your client.
• Who Is Eligible for Bond Proceedings Once Detention Is Prolonged? How to determine eligibility after the Supreme Court’s February 27, 2018 opinion in Jennings v. Rodriguez and how to obtain a prolonged detention bond hearing for your client.
• How to Prepare for a Bond Hearing? General mechanics and tips on preparing clients and witnesses for custody hearings and the different burdens of proof for initial bond hearings and prolonged detention bond hearings.
Who Should Attend
All attorneys assisting, or considering assisting, immigrant clients in the Ninth Circuit who are detained or subject to conditions of custody, including private and pro bono attorneys, public interest and non-profit organization attorneys, would benefit from attending this program. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of immigration law, but need not have prior experience with representing detained clients.