Events and Trainings

Upcoming:

Litigating Asylum and Other Fear-of-Return Cases in Immigration Court

During this in-person training, participants will learn effective trial strategies for litigating defensive claims involving asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture in the United States. The training will begin with the substantive law in fear-of-return cases. An overview of the fundamental practical skills for working with asylum seekers, including eliminating bias, interviewing skills, and writing a compelling declaration will be discussed. A mock trial will be a component of the training. Legal representatives new to representing clients in defensive asylum proceedings as well as seasoned advocates seeking further skills’ development are welcome to attend.

For more information about the training, click here.

Date & Time: July 18, 2019, 9:15am – 5:00 pm*
Location: United Domestic Workers Office, 1445 Spruce St., Suite A, Riverside, CA 92507
MCLE Credit: 6 MCLE Credits Total: 5 General MCLE; 1 Elimination of Bias MCLE

RSVP here by July 11, 2019 for the full-day training. 

Asylum Workshop: Formulating Particular Social Groups

This workshop will discuss the substantive law surrounding particular social group formulation in various types of asylum cases, including claims involving violence against women and children, and fear of gangs. Participants will work through real-life asylum cases that involve persecution based upon an individual’s membership in a particular social group. Familiarity with basic asylum law is required.

Participants working on cases involving particular social groups are encouraged to submit their cases to discuss during the workshop. If you have previously submitted a request for assistance to CGRS, include the CGRS Case Number in your RSVP. If you have not previously submitted a request for assistance to CGRS, please submit a request to provide details about your case and obtain a CGRS Case Number at: https://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance/request. We cannot guarantee we can workshop all cases, but will do our best to discuss common themes amongst cases submitted if possible.

For more information about the training, click here.

Date & Time: July 19, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (registration will begin at 12:30 pm)
Location: United Domestic Workers Office, 1445 Spruce St., Suite A, Riverside, CA 92507
MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP here by July 11, 2019 for the Asylum Workshop.

The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice Before the Board of Immigration Appeals in Fear-of-Return Claims

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) - California for an in-person training in on appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals in fear-of-return claims, including asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims. This training will discuss governing procedural rules, deadlines, and strategies at the Board of Immigration Appeals. This training will also include tips for writing effective and compelling appellate briefs.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: UC Hasting College of the Law, 198 McAllister St., Room D, San Francisco, CA 94102
Presenters: Christine Lin, CGRS-California Directing Attorney, Anne Peterson, CGRS Senior Staff Attorney
MCLE Credit: 1 General MCLE

Please RSVP here by COB on July 24, 2019.

In-person attendance only – call-in/recording options are not available for this workshop.

Common Evidentiary Conundrums & Persuasive Asylum Advocacy in Immigration Court

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a free defensive asylum trial advocacy MCLE. This training will involve a mock asylum trial in immigration court proceedings. The focus of the training will be on common objections to documentary evidence and questioning on direct, cross, and re-direct examination. We will also cover laying foundation and authenticating documentary evidence, closing arguments, and strategies for persuasive trial advocacy in asylum and related fear-of-return cases. Interactive participation is highly encouraged and will include break-out groups.

Prerequisite: Participants should already be familiar with substantive asylum law, basic immigration court procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. We will not be reviewing those topics during those trainings.

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., Alumni Reception Center (ARC), San Francisco, CA 94102
MCLE: 2 General MCLE Credits
Presenters: Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California, Anne Peterson, CGRS Senior Staff Attorney

Space is limited. RSVP at this link by COB August 20, 2019.

This training is in-person; there will be no call-in or recorded option.