Life in the Fast Lane

November 21 - November 23, 2019


November 21, 2019 – Tour of U.S. Consulate Quito (requested). We are also making reservations for a group dinner Thursday evening in Quito. When you register, you will be given the option of participating in this dinner.

November 22 & 23, 2019 – CLE

A limited room block for LACC has been reserved. Please make your reservations early.


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Though we have requested the participation of consular officers in our CLE and a tour of the Consulate, be aware that this is never confirmed by the Department of State (“DOS”) until approximately one or two weeks before the scheduled event. The LACC has no control over Consulate tours or Consulate participation. We are also not able to guarantee the tour due to the fact that Consulate security may cancel the tour in times of security threats. You should receive an email with instructions regarding the tour at least one week before the conference.

Please note that you should familiarize yourself with any travel advisories and exercise due diligence traversing the city. We have many special events planned.

CLE credit is being applied for the following jurisdictions:

Florida – CLE 1904083N 11.5 credits (11 Immigration & Nationality law 1.5 Ethics)

Texas – CLE  174051003  8.5 credits (1.5 ethics)

California – CLE reciprocity with Texas and Florida


All states have a process for getting credit for a course approved in another state. Please look at your state's process.

LACC thanks our sponsors!
LCR Capital Partners  


  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 - DAY 1
  8:00 – 8:30 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
  8:30 – 8:45 AM - Introductory Remarks
Chair LACC Chapter, Ramon Curiel, Esq., Houston, Tx.

  8:45 – 10:05 AM - Hot Topics - Including Conference Participant Interactive Session on Consulate Adjudication Trends and Alerts*
- Due Diligence: How to Obtain Information Clients Already Provided to Government Agencies and Ethical Issues
- Can You be Sure Your Client was Never Removed?
- Surviving the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
- Significant Changes at CIS, CBP, DOS, ICE and Legislation
- Is there Liaison. If so, Where?
- Third Country Processing, Where is it Available?
- New I-539 Process (Fallout)
- Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M
- No InfoPass. What Now?

All Participants are Speakers*
Dagmar Butte, Esq., Portland, Or. (moderator)
Lynn Lee, Esq., Washington, D.C.
Marketa Lindt, Esq., Chicago, Ill.**
Betsy Lawrence, Esq., Counsel, Immigration Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee,
Washington, D.C.**

If EB-5 regulations are published before this CLE, H. Ronald Klasko will spend 30 minutes covering the new regulations.

*We hope everyone in the room will share their positive and negative experiences with different consulates so we can learn from each other

10:05 – 11:00 AM – GEMS in the FAM and Pitfalls in Consular Interviews

- Areas where the FAM and Regulations Differ
- Where is the FAM More Generous than the Regulations?
- FAM Must-Knows and Surprises
- Preparing Your Client for the Consular Interview
- Avoiding Fraud and Inadmissibility Findings
- Poverty Issues, How to Overcome Them

Dan Parisi, Esq., London, U.K. (moderator)
Liam Schwartz, Esq., Ramat Gan, Israel**
Anastasia Tonello, Esq., New York, N.Y.
Avi Friedman, Esq., Santa Monica, Ca.
Stephen Pattison, Esq., Darnestown, Md.


11:00 – 11:50 PM – Your H-1B is no longer Approvable!
- What Professions are USCIS targeting?
- Deference, is it Gone?
- How to Prove your Client Merits the H-1B: Addressing the Regulatory Requirements
- Expert Opinions (Who, What and Why)
- What Other Useful Tools are Out There (OOH, GSA, Similar Jobs…)
- Is There a Bias Against Indian Nationals?
- What if the Job can be Accomplished with More than One Degree?
- Third-Party Placement Memo and Implications

Minette Kwok, Esq., San Francisco, Ca. (moderator)
Laura Mazel, Esq., Oakland, Ca.
Marcine Seid, Esq., Palo Alto, Ca.
David Ware, Esq., New Orleans, La.

  11:50 – 1:30 PM – Lunch - Practices and Procedures American Consulate, Quito, Ecuador
Consul General American Consulate Quito (invited)


1:30 – 2:20 PM – E Visas: Who, What, How, When and Where

- Posts to Avoid
- Third Country Processing. Does it Still Exist?
- Dealing with Data and Page Limits especially in Layered Ownership and E-1 Applications
- Business Losses and Renewals
- Change in FAM Language and Pending or Approved IV Petition
- Essential Workers and BAHA Backlash
- When to Amend an E Application?
- Is it Ever Better to Change to or Extend E status in the U.S.?
- Ethical Issues and Managing Client Expectations
- Issues in Citizenship by Investment and E Applications

Kathleen Walker, Esq., El Paso, Tx. (moderator)
Ramon Curiel, Esq., San Antonio, Tx.
Maria Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Leigh Ganchan, Esq., Houston, Tx.
  2:20 – 3:10 PM – A Ship Without its Captain, Is Anyone a Manager or Executive?
- How to Prove Your Client is a Manager or Executive
- Use of Outside Evidence, including Experts
- Is Functional Manager Dead?
- Is a Supervisor Eligible for an L?
- Ethical Issues in Detailing Duties and % Breakdown
- Dealing with the RFE from Hell
- Blanket L’s and How to Manage L Beneficiaries on the First Blanket Renewal
- Dealing with CBP and Errors in Blanket L admissions

Teri Simmons, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. (moderator)
Eleanor Pelta, Esq., Washington, D.C.
Cyrus Mehta, Esq., New York, N.Y.
Jerome Grzeca, Esq., Milwaukee, Wi.

  3:10 – 4:00 PM – Everything Every Immigration Lawyer Needs to Know About Taxes
- Who is a U.S. Tax Resident?
- Impact of Filing for Residence on the Closer Nexus Test
- Your Client Learns for the first Time that She’s a U.S. Citizen. What are the Tax Ramifications?
- Losing Residence. What are the Tax Implications?
- Tax Planning Tips Every Immigration Lawyer Needs to Know
- Ethical Issues and Obligations on dealing with Foreign Nationals and Tax Issues

Clayton Cartwright, Esq., Columbus, Ga. (moderator)
Eduardo Arista, C.P.A., Esq., Miami, Fl.
Allan Tiller, Esq., Houston, Tx.

  4:00 – 4:15 PM – Coffee Break

4:15 – 5:30 PM – Litigating Business Cases. Anyone Can and Everyone Should

- Building a Solid Record
- The Importance of an Expert Opinion
- Filing a MTR or Appealing to the AAO. When and Why?
- Where and Whom to Sue
- Contents of the Declaratory Judgement. What Happens After you Sue?
- Ethical Considerations and Managing Client Expectations
- Who Can Sue, the Petitioner or the Beneficiary?
- Where Should the Suit be Brought?
- EAJA Fees
- Mandamus. When to File?
- What to Expect After you File?

H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., Phil., Pa. (moderator)
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Jeff Joseph, Esq., Denver, Co.
Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl.

  5:30 – 6:20 PM – Tips from the Experts. Building your Practice
- How to be Recognized as an Expert?
- Effectively Using Social Media Tools and Newsletters
- How to Get Paid and Best Ways to Bill
- Ethical Issues in Withholding Documents for Nonpayment
- Ensuring that Your Client Comes back for Seconds
- Managing Client Expectations Including Priority Date Retrogression
- Software and Client Management Systems

Kirby Gamblin, Esq., Denver, Co. (moderator)
Kathia Pereira, Esq., Las Vegas, Nv.
Jeffrey A. Devore, Esq., Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Chuck Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.

  6:20 – 8:15 PM - Cocktail Reception Sponsored by

  9:00 – 11:00 AM - Mindfulness Retreat
LACC will be hosting its first Mindfulness Retreat led by Jennifer Kuck.
Bring a Towel from your Room, and Join us in Relaxation!
Smoothies will be served. Feel free to bring your significant other.
** Speaker not confirmed.
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Add $75 for late registrants (anyone registering after October 10, 2019).

Registration for extra events is only available before October 21, 2018

Housekeeping issues 

Refunds for cancelled registration will be provided, if notice of cancellation is emailed to on or before October 10, 2019.  A $50 processing fee will be withheld.

If you are interested in booking a trip to the Galapagos Islands, you can contact:

1.877.784.5400 (Toll Free) | 1.206.784.8111 (Seattle) | 1.206.641.9242 (Direct) | 1.206.784.8113 (Fax)

Registration includes: continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, cocktail reception, and conference materials.

Hotel Accommodations

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Swiss Hotel in Quito.

We encourage you to book early as we have secured a rate well below the rack rate, and our block will go quickly! 
To make a hotel reservation contact:  Lorena Almeida at

Consulate Tour

We are arranging a tour of the Consulate for Thursday, November 21, 2019. An extra $40 will be collected if you will be attending this tour, as we have chartered a bus to the consulate from the hotel. Once a maximum of 40 people have signed up, the tour will be closed. Please note that often times the consulate limits the tour to a set number of people. In this case, we will assign priority based on the order of registration.

Government Officials

We are doing our best to secure the participation of DOS from the American Consulate in Quito.


You can make reservations for our group dinner on Thursday, November 21, 2019. This dinner will be at a top-rated venue.

Conference Chair: Tammy Fox-Isicoff


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