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

Habeas Petitions 101 – Law & 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 federal court practice. The specific topic covered for this webinar is Habeas Petitions 101 – Law & Practicalities.

This webinar will address the nuts and bolts of habeas corpus petitions. Topics that will be addressed include when and where to file a habeas petition on behalf of a client, what to include in the complaint, whom to sue and serve, and what happens after the habeas corpus petition is filed. This webinar is ideally suited for newer practitioners who are contemplating filing habeas actions.

Speakers will include:
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, NILA

This training pending approval by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 7/31/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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Practice Advisory - Nuts & Bolts of Habeas Petitions

Template Habeas Petition

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 7/31/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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Niz-Chavez, Pereira, and Notices to Appear

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 federal court practice. The specific topic covered for this webinar is Niz-Chavez, Pereira, and Notices to Appear.

This webinar will address the impact of Supreme Court’s decisions in Pereira v. Sessions and Niz-Chavez v. Garland on a noncitizen’s options for relief from removal, including cancellation of removal and post-conclusion voluntary departure.  In addition, the webinar will address arguments to support recission of an in absentia removal order and termination of removal proceedings based on these decisions.

Speakers will include:
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, NILA

This training pending approval by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 8/31/2022. 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 tell us your thoughts.

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 8/31/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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Winning at The BIA

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) invite you to a webinar presentation covering appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

This live webinar provided an overview of the BIA appeal process and tips for preparing and filing a successful BIA appeal. Topics include:

  • The importance of the BIA Practice Manual.
  • How the appeal timeline works.
  • How to prepare and file a notice of appeal, including what to file and preserving arguments for appeal. 
  • Briefing strategies including issues to watch out for on appeal.
  • The mechanics of a persuasive BIA appeal brief, including how to organize, research, and write the brief. 

Speakers include:
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, NILA

Tiffany Lieu, Staff Attorney, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.5 participatory hour of CLE credit until 5/22/2022. 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 tell us your thoughts.

Winning at The BIA presentation slides

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.5 participatory hour of CLE credit until 5/22/2022.. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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Seeking Attorneys’ Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act

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 federal court practice. The specific topic covered for this webinar is Seeking Attorneys’ Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).

This webinar will provide attorneys with the information they need to seek fees under the EAJA, and is accompanied by a Fifth Circuit template motion for fees. In it, experts Trina Realmuto and Kristin Macleod-Ball will provide best practices, discuss filing deadlines, review statutory requirements, go over how to calculate fees and rates, and finally, provide tips for making and countering settlement offers.

This training is accompanied by an example template Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, provided by NILA. See the webinar materials tab.

Speakers will include:
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 5/31/2022. 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 tell us your thoughts.

This training is accompanied by an example template Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, provided by NILA.

Template Motion for EAJA Fees

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 5/31/2022. 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 tell us your thoughts.

Intro to Federal Court Practice – Part II

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 federal court practice. The webinar serves as Part II to the February 23, 2021 webinar that was offered live. The recording of that webinar, Intro to Federal Court Practice, is available for viewing here.

This Part II webinar will delve into four of the major components of a federal court action: the anatomy of a complaint; the government’s initial response—Answer or Motion to Dismiss; the development of an evidentiary record; and finally, motions for summary judgment. The webinar will also discuss practical considerations, including the timing of each of the above activities and when to reach out to opposing counsel to discuss settlement options.   

Speakers will include:

Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit until 3/31/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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Advanced Immigration Legal Research

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 immigration legal research skills.

The Advanced Immigration Legal Research webinar will provide an overview of and tips for effective research. Topics include Boolean searching tips, case law research, use of secondary sources, legislative history, and general tips for staying organized while researching. The webinar focuses on legal research on Lexis and Westlaw, while also providing suggestions for obtaining case law and legislative materials from other sources.

Speakers include:
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney, NILA
Tiffany Lieu, Staff Attorney, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics credit until 2/28/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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INTRO TO FEDERAL COURT PRACTICE

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) presents this webinar that will prepare you to begin practicing in federal court.

Designed for attorneys who are new to federal court litigation, this webinar will cover the nuts and bolts of district court litigation.  The webinar will cover practical issues to help you prepare to litigate in federal court, including admission, filing registration, applicable rules, and associated ethical obligations.  In addition, it will address types of cases that can be filed, whom to sue and how to serve, the fundamental elements of a district court complaint, and what to expect after the complaint is filed.

Speakers include:
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
Mary Kenney, Deputy Director, NILA

This training is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.5 participatory hours of CLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics credit until 1/31/2022. Upon completion of the webinar, please complete this survey to claim your CLE credit.

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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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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.

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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 is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.0 participatory hour of CLE credit, including .25 hour of ethics credit until 10/31/2021. 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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