MIA in Louisville

On November 13 and 14, 2015, MIA directors and staff attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Mid-South Chapter Conference. Interim Executive Director Kimberly Sutton, Managing Director Allison Wannamaker, and Staff Attorney Sally Joyner each presented at the conference.

(Sutton at right.)

I-751 – Removal of Conditions Panel: A step-by-step analysis of the Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence (Form I-751). Learn when to file and where, how to navigate the jurisdictional issues when an NTA has been issued, and how to prepare to represent your client before USCIS or EOIR.

Kimberly Sutton, Law Office of Kimberly Sutton
Leah Spivey, Senior Associate, Ware | Immigration

Child Status Protection Act, Priority Date Retention and Recapture Panel: Learn to identify under what conditions a petition will automatically convert to a different category, saving a beneficiary from “aging out.” Also learn under what conditions an “aged out” beneficiary may retain or recapture the priority date of the first petition by the filing of a new petition. The session will focus on how the child status protection act can be used in both employment and family based cases.

Kimberly Sutton, Law Office of Kimberly Sutton
Elaine Kimbrell, Managing Partner, Ware | Immigration

Asylum Panel: An overview of substantive asylum law, including particular social groups, gang-based and other common claims, CAT relief, brief review of relevant 5th and 6th Circuit precedent decisions, and local practice guidance for Mid-South courts.

(Wannamaker at center.)

Allison Wannamaker, Attorney-at-Law, Memphis Immigration Advocates
Alex Lubans-Otto, Attorney
Daniel Thomann, Attorney

Special Immigrant Juvenile Panel: Brief overview of the law, update on the Perez-Olano settlement, and current updates on approval and denial statistics. Discussion of AAO decisions and local field office trends in adjudicating I-360 petitions. Current immigration court practice and current state-court practice. Presenters will provide sample state-court petitions and orders for the MidSouth states and discuss each state’s juvenile court trends.

Sally Joyner, Staff Attorney, Memphis Immigration Advocates
Leah Spivey, Senior Associate, Ware | Immigration
Sarah Nielsen, Nielsen Law Office