Law Center hosts immigration programs

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Immigration WorkshopMay 31, 2011 - The University of Houston Law Center on Friday, June 3, is hosting a day-long presentation and workshop  exploring two aspects of immigration law – representing immigrants with mental disabilities and developing the tools and techniques needed in asylum cases. The free, two-part event is co-sponsored by the Immigration Coalition of Houston and CLE credit may be earned for each session.

The morning session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will examine the findings and recommendations of an extensive study to identify and document problems facing immigrants with mental disabilities. The report was compiled by Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center, and the firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. The presentation will include the viewpoints of a psychologist, an attorney, and an immigration judge on how to handle an immigration proceeding while factoring in mental disabilities. Presenters also will discuss the impact and ramifications of the recent BIA precedential decision Matter of M-A-M-, a case litigated on appeal by the UH Immigration Clinic, relating to competency.

The afternoon session from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the annual Joseph A. Vail Asylum Workshop held in honor of the late Law Center professor who founded the school’s Immigration Clinic and helped countless immigrants. The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions to provide attorneys with the skills needed to represent asylum applicants before the Houston Asylum Office and EOIR-Immigration Court. Litigation tips and updates in the law also will be covered for the more experienced practitioner. The workshop is hosted by the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, the Cabrini Center of Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, and YMCA International Services.

Attendees of both sessions can earn 6 hours of participatory CLE credit and 1 ethics.  Attending one session earns 3 hours of participatory credit. Both sessions will be held in Room 144 of TU-II of the Law Center. For further information and to register, contact Thelma Baines, program manager, at or (713)-743-2094.

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