Events and Trainings


Matter of A-B-: Litigation Update and Strategy Discussion

Join CGRS for a short webinar covering the Attorney General’s most recent opinion in Matter of A-B- and related legal developments for survivors of domestic violence seeking asylum. We will provide a brief overview of the A-B- decisions and recent BIA and federal court caselaw interpreting them. We will then discuss actions taken by the Biden administration on this issue to date and what we anticipate in the months to come. And finally, we will offer thoughts on strategies for pending cases at each level of adjudication in light of the current context. For additional detail, we encourage you to consult our recently released advisory on A-B- available upon request at:

Please note that this webinar will not be recorded to encourage a more frank discussion of the current status of the litigation and paths forward for survivors with pending cases. You may submit questions in advance on this registration form.

Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm PST
MCLE: 1 General California MCLE Credit

CGRS Presenters:
Blaine Bookey, Legal Director
Anne Dutton, Staff Attorney
Kate Jastram, Director of Policy & Advocacy

CGRS MCLE Webinar: Filing a Petition for Review at the Ninth Circuit: Overview of Procedures and Practical Considerations

This one-hour webinar will provide advocates with an introduction to pursuing a petition for review from a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Ninth Circuit. CGRS attorneys will walk through the process from filing the petition for review to steps to take after a decision, and discuss practical considerations such as communication with government counsel, motions practice, and preparation for oral argument. We will address common concerns such as where to find help, how to handle intervening case law or changed circumstances potentially affecting the claims, and how to simultaneously pursue relief before the agency and the court. Questions may be submitted in advance on this registration form.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST
MCLE: 1 General California MCLE Credit

CGRS Presenters:
Neela Chakravartula, Managing Attorney
Anne Peterson, Senior Staff Attorney

CGRS Webinar: Asylum Policy and Litigation Update Under the Biden Administration

Join CGRS program directors for an overview on key asylum policy and litigation updates under the new administration. We will discuss CGRS’s asylum policy and advocacy initiatives, cases we are litigating to protect asylum seekers, and resources available to assist attorneys representing asylum seekers. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the webinar in this registration form.

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:00 pm PST
MCLE: 1 General California MCLE Credit

CGRS Presenters:    
Jamie Crook, Director of Litigation
Kate Jastram, Director of Policy & Advocacy
Christine Lin, Director of Training & Technical Assistance