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Past Training Opportunities


Wednesday, Aug. 20: Training for volunteer attorneys on handling Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, Austin, 600 Congress Ave., Suite 2100. Sponsored by American Gateways in collaboration with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas and Casa Marianella. To register or for more information, contact Robert Painter, director of pro bono services at American Gateways, at (512) 478-0546, ext. 213, or robertp@americangateways.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, noon-1:30 p.m., Bernardo Kohler Center and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati free CLE, “Representing Minors in Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases,” 900 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Las Cimas IV, Fifth Floor, Austin. RSVP to info@bernardokohler.org.


Friday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m.: “The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Unaccompanied Children in Dallas Courts,” Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., two consecutive half-day sessions covering skills for interviewing your client, types of relief for minors, immigration court proceedings, and civil proceedings. Registration is free with acceptance of a pro bono case. A $75 registration fee will apply if not taking a pro bono case. All collected fees will be donated to Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and Catholic Charities of Dallas. CLE credit pending. Presented by the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Dallas, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Dallas, Texas Unaccompanied Minors Task Force, and Texas Access to Justice Foundation. RSVP via email to zamarripa_jazmin@yahoo.com


Wednesday, July 30: Informational session: “Unaccompanied Refugee Minors & Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: What’s Going On and What Can Attorneys Do?” 6-7 p.m., Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, 75201. RSVP to Alicia Hernandez at ahernandez@dallasbar.org. Sponsored by the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.

Thursday, July 31: CLE (.25 ethics): “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training through Human Rights Initiative,” noon-1 p.m., HRI Offices, 2801 Swiss Ave., Dallas, 75204. RSVP to Elisabeth Hagberg at ehagberg@hrionline.org. Sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

Friday, Aug. 1, CLE (.25 ethics): “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training through Human Rights Initiative,” noon-1 p.m., Perkins Coie, 500 N. Akard, Ste. 3300, Dallas, 75201. RSVP to Elisabeth Hagberg at ehagberg@hrionline.org. Sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.


Thursday, July 31: Free CLE: “The Rights of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Texas Border and the Duties of Federal, State, and Local Governments,” 1-5 p.m., Houston Community College, 5601 W. Loop South Freeway, Houston, 77081. Registration required. Registration form available here. Sponsored by the Harris County Attorney’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Constable Precinct 1, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Houston Bar Association, Foster Quan LLP, AILA Texas Chapter, Houston Community College, Univision 45 Houston, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Friday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 2014 Joseph A. Vail Unaccompanied Alien Child & Asylum Workshop, UH Law Center, Bates Law Building, Room 209. 6.75 CLE hours (1 ethics hour). CLE training is free, but licensed attorneys must pledge to take at least one UAC case following the training. Registration is required. Contact bgossett@uh.edu. For information about UAC cases, contact ghoffman@central.uh.edu

Thursday, Oct. 23, noon to 5 p.m.: “Unaccompanied Minors Immigration Relief,” South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto St. Topics include: SIJS, asylum, U and T visas, family petitions, ethics. CLE credit requested. To register, email Adriana Escamilla at aescamilla@catholiccharities.org. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 


Thursday, Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  “Accompanying Minors to Immigration Court Training,” University of Texas-Pan American McAllen Teaching Site, 1800 S. Main Street, Suite 1100, McAllen, Texas 78503. Learn how to represent unaccompanied minors in immigration court proceedings.  Speakers will discuss how to interview your client, basic court procedure, and helpful legal strategies. Registration is free with your pledge to take one unaccompanied minor case. CLE credit is 2.5 participatory hours. Course number is 901303169. Presented by the Hidalgo County Bar Association and ProBar.  RSVP at the following link:  http://www.hidalgobar.org/events/event_details.asp?id=503709


Tuesday, Aug. 12: The Mexican-American Bar Association of San Antonio General Membership/CLE Meeting, featuring Catholic Charities and RAICES presentations on pro bono opportunities and training, noon, the Palm, 233 E Houston St., San Antonio, 78205. For more information, go to: http://www.maba-sa.org/.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, The Mexican-American Bar Association is sponsoring a CLE from 1pm to 5pm at the offices of Cox & Smith, Weston Centre, 112 E. Pecan Street, Suite 1800 San Antonio, Texas 78205. Please RSVP, as seating is limited, to aperez@perezmalik.com or
jaime.vasquez@chamberlainlaw.com (4 hrs CLE, including 1 hr ethics, applied for).

Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Free CLE Program — “Unaccompanied Children in Immigration,” San Antonio Hilton Palacio del Rio, El Mirador Ballroom. Presented by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and the National Asian Pacific Bar Association. The program is designed to train lawyers to represent unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings and is open to all lawyers and law students. It will include a mock hearing, Immigration 101, and a session on representing children as clients. RSVP by Oct. 20 to Dee Lee at the ABA GPSolo Office at Dee.Lee@americanbar.org or (312) 988-5659. 

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