July 26, 2017, AILA CLE Luncheon: Hot Topics in Immigration Law

July 26, 2017, AILA CLE Luncheon: Hot Topics in Immigration Law
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION  SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER  General Membership Meeting and Luncheon   Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.  *CLE Credits Applied For*  Did you miss the AILA Annual Conference in New Orleans? Curious as to what impact the recent Supreme Court, Circuit Court and BIA decisions have on your cases? Wondering what to tell the client that has a final order before he or she reports to ICE or how you should respond to the seven (7) page L-1A RFE you recently received?  Join us on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, for an interactive discussion on: Recent Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and BIA decisions and ones to watch.   Cubans, Stays, and Orders of Supervisions including best practices for filing I246, an overview of “express deportations” at District Court, and ethical considerations when representing clients with final orders of removals. Trends in employment-based visa processing including responding to L-1 RFEs, increased scrutiny/questioning by Consular Officers at visa interviews, developments at Service Centers and Ports of Entry, recent decisions, and potential ethical issues that may arise when drafting retainer agreements which contemplate issuance of RFE. And much, much more! Guest Speakers: Kari Ann Fonte, Ira J. Kurzban, Michael S. Vastine, and Linda Osberg-Braun Kari Ann Fonte (formerly Kari Ann Woodward), graduated from Florida State University College of Law, cum laude, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from the same university. Ms. Fonte has practiced exclusively immigration law since 1995.  She became partner in the firm Montiel Davis & Fonte in Miami, Florida, which is now Fonte Immigration Firm. Ms. Fonte is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, and served as past Chair and presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar’s Board Certification Committee. She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since she was a law student, and served as President of the South Florida Chapter. She continues to serve on the Board of South Florida AILA, and is Co-Chair of its USCIS Liaison Committee, as well as a member of its Practice Management Committee.  Ms. Fonte also serves on AILA National’s USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee.  She has spoken at national and local seminars on various immigration topics, and has authored and co-authored numerous published articles.  Ms. Fonte is admitted to practice by the Florida Bar, before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She enjoys AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and is fluent in Spanish. Ira J. Kurzban holds J.D. and M.A. Degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. with honors from Syracuse University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  He is also an honorary fellow of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he was honored for his exemplified signal service to every aspect of the legal profession.  He is also the recipient of the Wasserstein Fellowship at Harvard University Law School.  Mr. Kurzban has been a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt P.A. of Miami, Florida for over three decades and is the chair of the firm's immigration department.  Mr. Kurzban is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He has received national recognition for his work in the immigration field.  He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top twenty immigration lawyers in the United States; he has been listed for over a quarter century in the Best Lawyers in America for his work in immigration and employment law; and he has been listed repeatedly in Lawdragon as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States. Mr. Kurzban was the first recipient of the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award presented by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.  He is also the recipient of the Lawyers of the Americas Award for his work on behalf of human rights in this hemisphere given by the University of Miami, the Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in federal litigation and the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in the advancement of immigration law given by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Carol King Award for his efforts in immigration law given by the National Lawyers Guild.  In 1986 Mr. Kurzban was selected by Newsweek Magazine in their commemorative issue on the hundredth anniversary of the Statue of Liberty as one of 100 American heroes for his work on behalf of immigrants.  He was also selected by Esquire Magazine as part of America's New Leadership Class.  Mr. Kurzban has also been named to Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World.  He was also named as one of the world's twenty three most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and praised as a legend in the field who has written the definitive book on U.S. immigration law. Mr. Kurzban and the firm have been listed in Chambers as first tier lawyers in immigration law in 2010.  Mr. Kurzban has also litigated over fifty federal cases concerning the rights of aliens, including Jean v. Nelson, Commissioner v. Jean, and McNary v Haitian Refugee Center, Inc., all of which he argued before the United States Supreme Court.  He has also litigated numerous cases under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act, including obtaining a 0 million judgment against Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former dictator Haiti.  Mr. Kurzban was also one of the founders of the Berkeley Law Foundation, a non-profit organization providing scholarships for law students and law graduates engaged in significant legal assistance programs throughout the United States. He is also one of the founders of Immigrants' List, the first pro-immigrant political action committee in the United States.  Mr. Kurzban is an adjunct faculty member in Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of Miami School of Law and has lectured and published extensively in the field of immigration law, including articles in the Harvard Law Review, San Diego Law Review and other publications. He is the author of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook, the most widely used one-volume immigration source in the United States. Michael S. Vastine is Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at St. Thomas University School of Law. Michael joined the St. Thomas faculty in 2004. His practice and research focus on immigration litigation, particularly regarding the deportation consequences of criminal convictions and the due process rights of immigrants. In 2013, he was awarded the AILA Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) at its annual conference. He is on the Executive Committee of the South Florida Chapter of AILA, among numerous other service positions in regional and national organizations of attorneys and legal educators. Michael participates in or leads significant litigation in the federal, state and administrative courts, including seminal cases in the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Michael has served as counsel for amicus curiae in numerous other challenges to restrictions on relief from removal and challenging findings of immigration consequences flowing from criminal convictions. His litigation highlights include co-representing and arguing the lead post-Padilla v. Kentucky case, Hernandez v. State, at the Florida Supreme Court (reversing the long-standing precedent that Florida’s judicial plea colloquy cured ineffective counsel regarding the immigration consequences of a guilty plea) and representing the successful petitioner in Donawa v. U.S. Att’y Gen, (11th Cir. 2013) (establishing that a conviction under Florida Statutes §§ 893.13/893.101 (sale or delivery of a controlled substance) should not be considered a “drug trafficking crime” aggravated felony in removal proceedings). Michael is widely published in law journals, the Lexis-Nexis Emerging Issues series and Bender’s Immigration Bulletin and is a frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national meetings, conferences and teleseminars of immigration practitioners and legal educators. Linda Osberg-Braun draws on her years of experience as Deputy District Counsel for INS (now DHS) and her trial and criminal defense skills from her years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of Florida. She is a partner and co-founder of Bernstein Osberg-Braun, a firm focused on providing immigration solutions and comprehensive long-term strategies.  Ms. Osberg graduated from Penn State University (B.S., Engineering Honors Program, 1985) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1988). She is Board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law and is a Florida and Pennsylvania Bar Member. As an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, she teaches second and third year students advanced immigration law. As past President of the American Immigration Law Association, South Florida Chapter, she chairs various committees and advocacy groups. Ms. Osberg enjoys speaking before immigration attorneys and corporate international attorneys regarding widespread changes in policy and the shifting national attention to immigration issues and foreign investment considerations. She lectures throughout the nation regarding the ongoing security and enforcement changes within the Department of Homeland Security. She is the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Marjorie Matson Award for her work helping Haitian and Cuban refugees find freedom and safety in the United States.   LOCATION: JUNGLE ISLAND 1111 PARROT JUNGLE TRAIL (OFF I-395) MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA On-line Registration Cost:  .00 Members; .00 for Non-Members (must be accompanied by a member) Registration online at:  Registration at the Door:  .00 Members; .00 for Non-Members (must be accompanied by a member) No Credit Cards at the Door Parking Fee:                           .00 per vehicle Note: Reservations and cancellations will be accepted until noon on Monday, July 24, 2017. If you make a reservation, and do not cancel it by the deadline, and do not attend, you must still pay the luncheon fees noted above.  If you are having technical difficulties with registering for the event, then please contact Jacqueline Villalba at (305) 577-3443, ext. 342 or If you miss the registration deadline due to technical difficulties, you will be required to register at the door on the day of the event and pay the on-site registration rate.

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