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OKC – How Federal Immigration Law Affects Your Practice (7 total credit hour/including 1 hour of ethics)

October 26, 2017

Location: Oklahoma Bar Association - 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This event has a fee

 On-Line Registration is now closed.
Walk-ins will be accepted at the door.
 How Federal Immigration Law Affects Your Practice

Cosponsored by the OBA Immigration Section


Oklahoma Bar Center

1901 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Click here for location map and driving directions

CLE CREDIT: This course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 7 hours of mandatory CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics.


$150 for early-bird registrations with payment received by October 19th; Registration received after October 19th increases $25 and an additional $50 from early-bird rate for walk-ins. To receive a $10 discount for the in-person program, register online. Registration for the live webcast is $200.

Members licensed 2 years or less may register for $75 for the in-person program (late fees apply) and $100 for the webcast.

All programs may be audited (no materials or CLE credit) for $50 by emailing ReneeM@okbar.org to register.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations will be accepted at any time prior to the seminar date; however, a $25 fee will be charged for cancellations made within four full business days of the seminar date. No requests for refunds or cancellations will be accepted on or after the seminar date.

SEMINAR MATERIALS: The Oklahoma Bar Association is embracing a healthier and greener business environment. Therefore, seminar materials will be provided in electronic format in a separate email prior to the program. If you choose to have a printed version of the materials, prior to the sessions you can download and print them. If you would like a hard copy of the materials, there will be a $25 charge, please call Renee at 405-416-7029.

Program Planner/Moderator

Melinda Alizadeh-Fard

This seminar is geared towards attorneys who do not necessarily practice immigration but need to know how it overlaps with their area of expertise. It will introduce practitioners to issues they may face when working with immigrant clients.

8:30 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

This session will provide non-immigration practitioners with an introductory view of US immigration history and structure. It will also introduce government agencies and the terminology necessary to understand federal immigration law.

Moderator: Lambert Dunn
Elizabeth McCormick, University of Tulsa College of Law

Tommie Nicholas, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

9:50 am - Break

10:00 am - Family Immigration 101

This session provides an overview of how US citizens and lawful permanent residents may sponsor certain family members to immigrate to the U.S. This session will also discuss the intersection of this area of immigration law with Oklahoma family law and adoption law.

Moderator: Allison Roso, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Lorena Rivas, Fry & Elder

Michelle Edstrom, Law Office of Michelle L. Edstrom

10:50 am - Nonimmigrant Visas –Alphabet Soup of the US Visa System

This session provides an overview of temporary visas that may be issued for a specific purpose and reason. The session will explore some common nonimmigrant visas such as Visitor Visas for business or pleasure; student visas; and visas for certain professionals.

Moderator: Catie Coulter
Mary Snyder, Crowe & Dunlevy

Jon Velie, Velie Law Firm PLLC

11:40am - Networking lunch (included in registration)

12:10 pm - Employment Immigration 101

This session provides an overview of how US companies may sponsor certain employees on immigrant and nonimmigrant work visas. This session will also discuss the intersection of this area of immigration law with Oklahoma employment law and human resources management.

Moderator: Catie Coulter
Taymoor Pilehvar, Velie Law Firm PLLC

Ryan Patterson, Majid & Patterson PLLC

1:00 pm - Removal Proceedings

This session will provide an introduction to grounds of inadmissibility and deportability that can cause a noncitizen to be removed from the US. This session will touch on the immigration consequences of certain criminal convictions and look at the definition of conviction for immigration purposes.

Moderator: Melissa Lujan, Lujan Law Firm
Kelli Stump, Kelli J. Stump PLLC

Steven Langer, Langer Law PLC

1:50 pm - Break

2:00 pm - Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Other Vulnerable Immigrant Populations

This session will provide an introduction to who qualifies for Refugee or Asylee status, the policy, process and procedures for obtaining each status and international law affecting each. Additionally, the session will cover visa status for immigrant victims of domestic violence, serious crimes and human trafficking.

Moderator: Allison Roso, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
Christi Giddeon, Christi J. Giddeon PLLC

Robert Messerli, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa

2:50 pm - Executive Orders and Immigration Policy (ethics)

This session provides a review of the Executive Orders affecting noncitizens and the effect of immigration policy on U.S. families, U.S. employers and various immigrant populations.

 Moderator: Lambert Dunn
Larry Davis, Lawrence E. Davis PC

Brady Henderson, ACLU of Oklahoma

3:40 pm - Adjourn!


Webcast Available: This program will also be webcast

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