SESSION ONE: IMMIGRATION LAW AT THE SUPREME COURT 2020-2021: SHADOW DOCKET, MERITS DOCKET, OH MY!
Immigration law is a frequent topic at the U.S. Supreme Court, and the 2020-2021 Term has been no exception. We will dive into immigration litigation at our Nation’s highest Court, focusing on both the Justices’ shadow docket, which includes, but is not limited to, applications for stays and injunctive relief, and their merits docket, which refers to cases that are granted oral argument.
Andrew Rankin, Law Office of Andrew Rankin
Lily Axelrod, Siskind Susser
SESSION TWO: IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Deporting “criminal aliens” has become the highest priority in American immigration enforcement. Today, most deportations are achieved through the “crimmigration” system, a term that describes the convergence of the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems. This panel will provide an overview of determining the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and place present day crimmigration issues in Tennessee in conversation with the racial justice issues. The goal is to address how the Tennessee Bar can be aware and assist in representing individuals placed in the prison to deportation pipeline.
Karla McKanders, Vanderbilt University
Mary Kathryn Harcombe, Federal Public Defender’s Office
SESSION THREE: FIRST 100 DAYS UNDER PRESIDENT BIDEN: WHERE ARE WE HEADED IN IMMIGRATION LAW
In this presentation, we will discuss the most developments in immigration law in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. These developments include: Removal of Public Charge; TPS for Venezuela and Myanmar; Congressional bills - U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, American Dream and Promise Act, and Farmworker Modernization Act; Changes in federal regulations and policy related to H-1Bs and Labor Certification; Revocation of many Trump Executive Orders; Enforcement Priorities; and some changes in asylum.
Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law
Steve Simerlein, Immigration Law of Steven Simerlein
SESSION FOUR: ATTORNEY WELL-BEING, ETHICS AND DISCIPLINE
Immigration law exposes attorneys to a host of stressors, including clients with extensive and often untreated trauma. Unlike healthcare professionals, attorneys are not often taught how to provide trauma-informed practice or protect themselves from vicarious trauma. Participants will learn how to effectively integrate trauma-informed principles into their law practice in order to better serve clients with various forms of trauma. Participants will also learn the symptoms of vicarious trauma and the skills to protect themselves from its harmful effects, such as anxiety, burnout and PTSD.
Kevin Balkwill, Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services
Lindsey O’Connell, Freeman Recovery Center