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Speakers: Christina LaBrie, Nadeen Aljijakli, Elizabeth Brettschneider, Daniel Horne, Joren Lyons, Elizabeth Reichard, Ilyce Shugall, Anastasia Tonello and Barbara Wong

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication - Hot Topics

  • Medical exams
  • Maintenance of status - why the G-325A is so important
  • Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
  • AC21 portability
  • Proving lawful entry
  • NSEERS issues
  • Renewing I-485s in immigration court

SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status Interviews - Be Prepared!

  • Documents to bring
  • How to prepare your clients
  • How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
  • How to deal with a difficult officer
  • Protecting your clients' rights
  • Dealing with criminal issues
  • Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers

THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence - Rules and Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities and possible penalties
  • Reentry permits
  • Abandonment of LPR status
  • Tax issues
  • Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
  • Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
  • Looking forward to naturalization

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Christina LaBrie (Discussion Leader) is an Associate in the Legal Practice Group at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. Prior to joining Fragomen, Christina practiced immigration law with several law firms in New York. Her experience covers the universe of immigration practice, from asylum and deportation cases to complex business immigration matters. Christina received a B.A. in Political Science with high honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996. In 2000, she obtained her J.D. degree from NYU School of Law. Christina has served as Secretary of the New York City Bar Association's Immigration Committee and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has published numerous articles with various immigration-related publications and organizations.

Nadeen Aljijakli joined Duane Morris in December 2008 as an Associate. She specializes in complex deportation and removal defense and represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and federal court litigation. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Ms. Aljijakli was an Associate at Maggio & Kattar, P.C. in the firm's immigration litigation practice. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Aljijakli worked at the New York office of Klasko, Rulon, Stock, & Seltzer, handling business immigration matters in the medical and university research sectors. During law school, Nadeen clerked at the U.S. Immigration Court in New York and participated in Brooklyn Law School's Safe Harbor Clinic, where she represented clients in political asylum cases. Nadeen also interned at leading non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Ms. Aljijakli is co-vice-chair of the detention committee of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Aljijakli earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2005, where she was a finalist in a national family law moot court competition, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from New York University. Ms. Aljijakli is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey, and speaks Arabic.

Elizabeth Brettschneider is a senior associate at Avirom & Associates LLP where her practice focuses on business immigration. Ms. Brettschneider has been a member of the New York Chapter District Director Liaison Committee since 2006, acting as its secretary in 2007 and currently as the Co-Chair of the Committee. She was also the Co-Chair of the New Member Division of the NY Chapter in 2007. Ms. Brettschneider graduated with a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School Of Law.

Daniel Horne is Senior Associate at Jackson & Hertogs. Formerly a partner with the San Francisco immigration firm of Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, and later with the firm Kuver Horne LLP, Daniel now holds over a decade of experience assisting corporations and individuals with immigration and nationality matters. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® directory's highest rating (“AV”), and is listed within its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers. Daniel is a monthly columnist for Bender's Immigration Bulletin, a LexisNexis® periodical providing news and analysis to immigration lawyers nationwide. His law review article proposing changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program appeared in the Stanford Law and Policy Review's Spring 2005 issue. Daniel also volunteers his time to mentor AILA immigration attorneys on business immigration issues, and to attorneys providing pro bono assistance to asylum seekers through the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Joren Lyons is a staff attorney for the Asian Law Caucus' Immigrant Rights Project, and on Saturdays he is the supervising attorney for the volunteer-run Asian Community Immigration Clinic. He is a 1999 graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where he focused on immigration and refugee law. While in law school, he interned with the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and with the Asian Law Caucus, and published a law review article on the right of permanent residents with severe mental disabilities to become naturalized U.S. citizens. Upon graduation, Joren served as a staff research attorney at the San Francisco Immigration Court for two years before joining Angela Bean & Associates, a San Francisco law firm focusing on family-based immigration, deportation defense, asylum, and naturalization. He has conducted several trainings on immigration law and deportation defense for the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the National Lawyers' Guild, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Elizabeth T. Reichard is an Associate at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. Ms. Reichard was admitted to the New York Bar in 2004. Prior to joining Fragomen, Ms. Reichard practiced immigration law for an immigration law firm based in New York. She handled a full range of business and family immigration activities. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (member, Pro Bono Committee) and the New York City Bar Association, where she also serves as the Secretary of its Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Ms. Reichard has published numerous articles regarding immigration with publications and organizations, such as LexisNexis and ILW.COM. Ms. Reichard currently serves as the Fragomen Fellow at the New York City Bar Justice Center, a rotating fellowship the Fragomen firm established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided at the Justice Center.

Ilyce Shugall is an associate at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP. Ms. Shugall has been practicing law since 1999. She joined Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, in October of 2001. Her practice focuses on all areas of removal defense, the intersection between criminal and immigration law, family based immigration, and asylum. She also represents victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes in applications for visas and permanent residency. Her practice also includes advising criminal defense attorneys of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to joining Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, Ms. Shugall worked for two years at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) as a National Association of Public Interest Law Equal Justice Fellow. At ProBAR, Ms. Shugall conducted daily live group rights presentations to individuals detained by the legacy INS and provided direct representation to indigent immigrants before the Immigration Court. While in law school, Ms. Shugall worked at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University and spent a summer in Lima, Peru working for the Defensoria del Pueblo. Ms. Shugall is fluent in Spanish.

Anastasia Tonello is a Partner at Laura Devine Solicitors in London and Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York. Anastasia was a charter member and officer of AILA's Rome District Chapter and currently serves as its Secretary. Anastasia is a frequent speaker at AILA conferences and has spoken at the world's leading business schools on immigration issues in the US and abroad. Anastasia received a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1999 and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Anastasia has been recognised in Who's Who Legal, Legal 500 UK Edition and Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession.

Barbara Wong is a senior associate attorney in Berry, Appleman & Leiden's San Francisco, CA office. Ms. Wong handles an array of business immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visa petitions for intracompany transferees, specialty occupations, trainees, and individuals of extraordinary ability. Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Wong was an associate with a global immigration firm handling employment-based U.S. immigration matters for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. Ms. Wong provided training and advice to human resources management and assisted clients with family-based immigration matters, including U.S. permanent residence and citizenship applications. Prior to law school, Ms. Wong worked as a paralegal specializing in U.S. immigration matters for both individual and corporate clients. In addition to writing articles on business immigration topics, Ms. Wong has participated as a speaker at immigration and business conferences for human resources personnel and in-house counsel.


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