2018 Immigration Law Conference


As today’s changing political climate impacts the incredibly complex maze of immigration law and policy, the FBA Immigration Law Conference provides a venue for in-depth discussion on of-the-moment topics that are critical to immigration law practice. Join legal professionals for a two-day event full of CLE sessions and networking with a large and dedicated community of immigration law practitioners.
Agenda, CLE session and speaker information will be posted as it's confirmed... please check back soon for updated event details!

Online pre-registration for this event is now closed.

Onsite registration will be available on the first floor of the Cecil C. Humphrey's Law School at the following times:
  • Friday May 18 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday May 19 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Registration Pricing
FBA Sustaining Member  


FBA Member








Law Student/Law Clerk


Thursday Night Dinner $50
Thursday Night Dinner (Veg) $30

Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, April 20, 2018. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon written notification to the conference office. All requests for refunds must be made in writing and be addressed to Federal Bar Association, 2018 Immigration Law Conference, 1220 North Fillmore Street, Suite 444, Arlington, VA 22201. For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please contact a Meeting Planner at
Thursday, May 17
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner
Texas de Brazil Restaurant
*Must purchase a la carte dinner ticket

Friday, May 18
8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Determining Appropriate Relief: SIJ, VAWA, Asylum, U-Visa, and T-Visas

Ethics - Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Immigration Court - Nuts & Bolts

Advanced Crimmigration - Dissecting the Ground of Inadmissibility

USCIS Hot Topics

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Hot Topics: Representing Survivors in the New Environment (Safety Planning & New Tools to Avoid Removal)

ICE Hot Topics

Inadmissibility & Removability - What Renders an Alien Subject to Removal?

Advanced Removal

Complex Naturalization Issues - Appeals & Litigation

12:00-1:15 p.m.


ILS Section Meeting

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Special Immigrant Juveniles - Basics of Application, Procedures, and Recent Trends

Charlie Chat: Deciphering the Visa Bulletin

Relief from Removal - Basic Overview of Potential Relief in Removal Proceedings

Crimes of Violence - Void for Vagueness

Adjustment of Status before USCIS - Family & Employment

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Providing Holistic Services to Survivors

State Department Hot Topics

Asylum Law and Procedure

Advanced Crimmigration - Categorical and Modified Categorical Analyses of Criminal Convictions 

Basics of Family Based Immigration Practice Before USCIS

4:15-5:30 p.m.

Ethics Issues in Humanitarian Cases

In the NIV Trenches - The Lawyers' Role in the Non-Immigrant Visa Process

Expedited and Administrative Removal

Immigration Court Challenges

Basics of Business - Immigration Practice before USCIS

6:30-10:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony & Dinner
National Civil Rights Museum

Saturday, May 19
8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Updates and Practice Pointers on U, T, and VAWA

Credibility Findings - The Rules for Determining Credibility in Court and at the BIA

Advanced Removal - Making the Best Use of Experts

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup and Significant Court of Appeals Cases

Central American Asylum - Handling Difficult Issues (Gangs, Persecution of Families, Domestic Violence, etc.)

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Stopping Survivor Removals - Strategies for EOIR and Federal Court

Filing Appeals to the BIA - Strategies and Practical Aspects

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude - How to Analyze Criminal Convictions Under This Most Nebulous Standard

Federal Court Topics - Immigration Litigation in the Federal District Courts 

Fraud and Misrepresentation Waivers

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Overcoming Adjustment Barriers for VAWA and U-Visas - Inadmissibility, Reinstatement, and Failure to Voluntarily Depart

Making Your Record: Produce the Best Possible Record with an Appeal in Mind

Advanced Issues in Worksite Enforcement

Mock Court of Appeals Argument 

USCIS Topics - Income Tax and Aliens

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Special Immigrant Juveniles - Advanced Procedures and Hot Topics (Responding to RFEs and NOIDs, Revocations, and Retrogression)

View from the Bend - NAIJ Immigration Judges Speak on Practice in Immigration Court

H-IB Workarounds - Securing Work Visas Without the Pitfalls of the H-1B Process

Federal Court Topics - Top Ten Things to Avoid When Litigating in the Courts of Appeals

Ethics: How to Effectively (and Ethically) Represent a Client Who Has Given False Testimony or Committed Prior Fraud

4:15-5:30 p.m.

Consular Processing and Parole - Special Issues for U-Visa and VAWA Cases

Particular Social Groups: Recent Cases and Cutting Edge Theories

Business Immigration Topics - Categories, Labor Certifications, Portability, & Retention of Priority Dates

A Habeas Primer - Immigration Detention Litigation 

Immigrant Visa Processing and Waivers (Unlawful Presence, Applicability to Bars of Admissibility, I-601A Waivers, Effect of Minority and Voluntary Departure, etc.)

6:30-10:00 p.m.

Saturday Night Reception
Belz Museum

The cut off date for the room block at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown has passed.

If you have any questions regarding housing or other conference related programming, please contact Laura Mulhern, Meeting Planner.

Contact Jordan Weiss if you are interested in sponsoring this conference. 

May 18 - 19, 2018
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Memphis, TN

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