Prosecutorial Discretion Training: CLE credits

Safe Passage, March 7, 2016

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, from 6-8pm

Where: New York Law School

185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street), NY, NY 10013

Room W401

Cost: Free

Safe Passage Project is offering a free training (2 CLE credits) on prosecutorial discretion.  Learn a range of tips for obtaining prosecutorial discretion for clients in removal proceedings in NYC Immigration Court.  Rex Chen of Safe Passage Project and Jodi Ziesemer of Catholic Charities Community Services will discuss different aspects of prosecutorial discretion requests: the procedure; the strategy; common client concerns; representing clients with criminal convictions; how to draft your request; what to do if you are successful; what to do if you are not successful; and advanced tips.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s November 20, 2014 memorandum about apprehending and removing immigrants emphasized prosecutorial discretion, and immigration judges frequently ask lawyers to consider pursuing it on their clients’ behalf.  Rex and Jodi will discuss why a client might pursue prosecutorial discretion even though it usually does not offer the client a work permit or legal status. They will also explore different themes that may be useful to highlight in a prosecutorial discretion request.

After the training, Safe Passage Project will launch an email listserv to continue sharing ideas, questions, and notes about seeking prosecutorial discretion in New York.  Please contact Safe Passage Project if you would like to join the email list but cannot attend the training.

This training is co-sponsored by the NY Chapter of AILA (The American Immigration Lawyers Association), Safe Passage Project, and KALAGNY (the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater NY).  Please note that to obtain CLE credit, you must pre-register and attend the entire training.