CLE Lima 2018, Surviving in Turbulent Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Though we have requested the participation of consular officers in our CLE and a tour of the Embassy, 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 tours 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:

Florida CLE approved for  
Texas CLE approved for  
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.
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   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 - DAY 1
  8:00 – 8:30 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
  8:30 – 8:45 AM - Introductory Remarks
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Chair LACC Chapter

  8:45 – 10:15 AM - Hot Topics- Including Conference Participant Interactive Session on Consulate Adjudication Trends and Alerts*
- Mixing and Matching Information, How to Have Consistent Information on All Forms
- Significant Changes at CIS, CBP, DOS,ICE and Legislation
- USCIS’ New Mission
- Fallout from the 90 day Rule and Employment Adjustment Interviews
- The Impact of BAHA
- Consular Practice Interactive Session
- Common Questions on the LACC Message Center (Third Country Processing, Expedites, How to Contact Posts)
- Ethical Issues in Representation of Foreign Nationals in a Changing Environment

All Participants are Speakers
Jeremy McKinney, Greensboro, N.C. (Secretary AILA) (moderator)
Marketa Lindt, Chicago, Ill. (President Elect AILA)**
Linda Rose, Esq. Nashville, Tn. 
Betsy Lawrence, Esq., Washington, D.C. (Director of Government Relations, AILA)

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

    10:15 – 11:00 AM – When the Government Knocks on Your Door

    -- USCIS Site Investigations, Advising Your Client
    - I-9 Audits, What Can DHS Ask For, When Does Your Client Need to Provide It
    - Raids, What Can and Should Your Client be Doing?
    - When Does DHS Need a Warrant?
    - Ethical Obligations and Avoiding Obstruction of Justice

    Laura Mazel, Esq. Oakland, Ca. (moderator) 
    Alan Orr, Esq. Washington, D.C. (Second Vice-President AILA)
    Maria Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl. 
    Marcine Seid, Esq., Palo Alto, Ca.


    11:00 – 12:00 PM – Dissecting Unlawful Presence and Preparing your Client for Visa Interviews Abroad
    -- TPS and Unlawful Presence
    - When is a Stay Authorized by the Attorney General?
    - Dealing with D/S Admissions
    - When the DACA Beneficiary Becomes Unlawfully Present
    - Unlawful Presence and Petition Denials, Affirmative Asylum Filings, Appeals
    - Who is Subject to the Permanent Bar?
    - Arming your Client for the Consular Interview
    - Fighting Erroneous Unlawful Presence Findings at the Consulate
    - Ethical Issues in Disclosing Unlawful Presence

    Jeffrey A. Devore, Esq. W. Palm Beach, Fl. (moderator)
    Carl Shusterman, Esq., Los Angeles, Ca. 
    Chuck Kuck, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. 
    Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl. 

      12:00 – 1:30 PM – Lunch - Practices and Procedures American Embassy Lima, Peru
    Consul General American Embassy Peru (invited)


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

    - The Nuances of Citizenship by Investment and E Applications
    - Let’s Share the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on Consular Posts
    - Conflict Between Real and Operating and In The Process of Investing
    - E Renewals and Company Losses
    - Pending/Approved Immigrant Visa Petitions and the Impact on E-2 
    - Third Country Processing, Where Do We Go?
    - What Makes an Executive/Supervisor or Essential Worker Case Approvable? 
    - Ethical Issues and Managing Client Expectations 

    Ramon Curiel, Esq. Houston, Tx. (moderator) 
    Teri Simmons, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. 
    Amanda Shipley, Esq., London, U.K. 
    Jordana Hart, Esq., Miami, Fl.
      2:30 – 3:30 PM – EB-5: The New Landscape
    - Common RFE and NOID issues
    - A Detailed Review of Legislative and Regulatory Changes to the Program
    - Processing Times, Priority Date Retrogression and Impact on the Program
    - New Hot Issues Including Various Redemption Clauses
    - Policy and Regulatory Updates
    - Ethical Considerations in Advising Clients on Selection of Regional Center and Regional Center Projects 
    - Is there a Way to Acquire a Business and Still Qualify for Direct EB-5? 

    H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., (moderator)
    Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Miami, Fl.
    Anthony Korda, Esq., Naples, Fl.

      3:30 – 3:45 PM – Coffee Break

    3:45 – 4:45 PM – Dealing with the Difficult Case in the No Deference Era

    - Can Small Company L’s Still Be Obtained and If So What Documentation is Required?
    - Is a Level 1 Occupation Approvable for all H-1B Professional Positions?
    - Do H Extensions Have to be Filed with a Level 2 or Higher Wage?
    - Ethical Issues in Advising on Prevailing Wage
    - Dealing with the Professional Occupation that can be Filled with Various Degree Requirements
    - Using Approved Labor Certifications and Prevailing Wages When Filing for the H Extension
    - The Skilled Worker Bill, Is It Still Alive and If Not Creative Solutions?

    David Grunblatt, Esq., N.Y., N.Y. (moderator)
    Cyrus Mehta, Esq., N.Y. N.Y. 
    Greg Siskind, Esq., Memphis, Tn.

      4:45 – 5:45 PM – I-601A, I-601, I-212 and 212(d)(3) Waivers and Adjustment/Consular Interviews
    - Considerations in Choosing Between Adjustment and Consular Processing
    - Is There Ever a Case with No Hardship and Ethical Considerations? 
    - Is There a Waiver for Orders in Absentia?
    - Tips for filing Successful Waiver Applications and Documenting Hardship
    - Combining I-212 Waivers and I-601A.I-601 Waivers
    - Impact of In Absentia Removal Orders and Waiver Availability
    - Filing I-212 Nunc Pro Tunc Waivers with Applications for Adjustment 
    - What Material Does the Consulate Send to the ARO?
    - Adjudicatory Time Frames and Procedures

    Jeff Joseph, Esq., Denver, Co. (moderator) 
    Suzanne Vazquez, Esq., Orlando, Fl. 
    Lynn Lee, Esq., Washington, D.C. 
    Olsi Vrapi, Esq. Albquerque, N.M 

      5:45 – 6:30 PM – Marketing and Management in the Trump Era
    - How to Turn Trump Mania into a Marketing Tool?
    - Best Ways to Notify Clients of Changes in the Practice
    - Tips for Tracking Cases from Entry through Naturalization
    - Advice from the Experts on How to Get Paid
    - Ethical Considerations in Marketing and Management 

    Kirby Joseph, Esq., Denver, Co. (moderator)
    Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.
    Antonio Revilla, Esq., Miami, Fl.
    Reid Trautz, Esq., Washington, D.C. (Director Practice and Professionalism AILA)

      6:30 – 8:00 PM - Cocktail Reception Sponsored by

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    Add $75 for late registrants-anyone registering after October 1, 2018

    Registration for extra events is only available before October 1, 2018

    Housekeeping issues: Refunds for cancelled registration will be provided, if notice of cancellation is emailed to on or before October 1, 2018. A $50 processing fee will be withheld. CLE credit will be issued by the Florida and Texas Bar Associations. Every state has a process for obtaining CLE credits for courses approved in another state. There is usually a fee imposed by most state bars for this. Your state bar association website will have detailed information on how to obtain CLE credit for a course approved in another state.

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



    A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott, in Miraflores.

    I encourage you to book early as we have secured a rate well below the rack rate and our block will go quickly!

    For hotel reservations, click this link!

    Consulate Tour

    We are arranging a tour of the Consulate for Thursday, November 15, 2018. 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.

    Government Officials

    We are doing our best to secure the participation of DOS from the American Embassy in Lima.


    You can reserve for our group dinner for Thursday, November 14, 2018. This dinner will be at a top rate venue.

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