One of the continued realities of immigration practice for unaccompanied children is the need for advocacy beyond the IJ level in order to secure the protection they need.  In order to support you in this advocacy CILA is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Immigration Litigation Alliance, or NILA.

NILA’s mission is to realize systemic change in the immigrant rights’ arena by engaging in impact litigation and by building the capacity of social justice attorneys to litigate in federal court.

The CILA-NILA partnership focuses on obtaining relief in individual cases (not class-action lawsuits) and has three main components – trainings, technical assistance for Texas practitioners, and resource creation – to be delivered over the course of the coming year.

CILA + NILA TRAININGS

MANDAMUS ACTIONS 101—LAW AND PRACTICALITIES

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) invite you view this hour-long webinar for immigration practitioners focused on learning more about mandamus actions.

During this webinar, the panel will discuss how mandamus and Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claims can be used to compel the government to adjudicate overdue petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification.  Designed for immigration practitioners who may not frequently appear in federal court, this webinar will provide an overview of the elements needed for a successful mandamus or APA claim, with a particular focus on Fifth Circuit law. 

Speakers include:

Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA)

Katie Kelsh, Volunteer Attorney, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit expiring on 12/08/2021. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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READY TO WIN – MOVING BEYOND TRYING CASES AT THE IMMIGRATION JUDGE LEVEL

CILA in collaboration with the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) presents this webinar that will motivate you to take a leap into the unknown. Have you ever thought about litigating beyond immigration court—an appeal to the BIA, a petition for review, or an action in federal district court—but have not done so yet? If so, this webinar presentation is designed to give you the confidence and strategies you need to turn that thought into reality.

With special guest appearances by all-star federal court litigators, this webinar will make you realize that you have more in common with them than you think. In an effort to build the capacity of the immigration bar, this webinar offers useful, funny, and possibly quirky tips that seek to change the way you think about immigration litigation and litigators. Topics will include:

  • What’s holding you back?
  • Litigators – They’re Just Like Us!
  • Power Posing, More Perfect, and other advice for new litigators
  • Ethical considerations and resources

The presentation aims to build confidence, provide guidance, entertain, and increase the capacity and skills of the immigration bar.

Speakers will include:

  • Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
  • Surprise All-Star Cast of Federal Court Litigators

This training has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit, including .25 hours of ethics credit, expiring on 10/29/2020. Please email cila@abacila.org upon completion for the CLE code.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

LEGAL WRITING

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) invite you view this hour-long webinar for immigration practitioners focused on improving your legal writing skills.

The Legal Writing webinar aims to provide an overview of the “to dos” and “not to dos” in legal writing. It addresses how to persuasively frame arguments, the facts, and the proceedings below, as well as how to effectively respond to the government’s arguments. It also covers specific writing tips, citations, and common Bluebook mistakes. Finally, it provides tips for and staying organized during the writing process.

Speakers include:

  • Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA)
  • Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, NILA
  • Tiffany Lieu, Staff Attorney, NILA 

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit expiring on 11/28/2021. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

We would love your feedback on this webinar! Please complete this survey to tell us your thoughts.

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