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2009 New York Crimes and Immigration Seminar

Saturday September 26

  • By: NYSDA Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigration Project, NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location:
    New York University School of Law
    245 Sullivan Street
    New York, NY
  • Contact:
    Offices of Norton Tooby
    (510) 601-1300
  • Website:
  • Source: Immigration Advocates Network > IAN Nonprofit Resource Center

Presented by the NYSDA Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigration Project, Law Offices of Norton Tooby and the NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic

This training focuses on key criminal issues from leading experts in crimes and immigration. The presentation includes state-of-the-art analysis, interactive learning techniques and generous question and answer periods.


I. Controlled Substances Aggravated Felonies

Recent developments in defending against immigration consequences of second possession convictions and distribution of small amount of marijuana convictions, and also how to handle these cases in criminal court to avoid deportability.

II. Fraud Aggravated Felonies

How to handle fraud convictions in criminal court so as to avoid deportability later, and how to handle fraud aggravated felony cases in immigration court, including the new factual hearings on the loss to the victim issue under the Supreme Court's Nijhawan decision.

III. Categorical Analysis for Immigration and Criminal Lawyers

The Supreme Court's recent decision in Nijhawan has implications for many other grounds of removal as well. It provides a general method of determining whether a given ground of removal is governed by the strict categorical analysis, or also includes an extra-element fact that can be proven by evidence beyond the record of conviction, and affects defense of immigrants charged with crimes in both criminal and immigration proceedings.

IV. Effective Post-Conviction Relief (including Finality of Conviction)

What kind of post-conviction relief is effective in immigration court, including recent developments in whether a conviction must be final before removal proceedings can begin.


Dan Kesselbrenner - Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes (2008).

Norton Tooby - Attorney, Oakland, California, maintains, co-author of Tooby's Crimes of Moral Turpitude (2008), Tooby's Guide to Criminal Immigration Law (2008), Criminal Defense of Immigrants (2007), Aggravated Felonies (2006), Safe Havens: How to Identify and Construct Non-Deportable Convictions (2005), and Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants (2004).

Manuel D. Vargas - Senior counsel with the Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association, author of Representing Immigrant Defendants in New York (2006) and Removal Defense Checklist in Criminal Charges Cases (posted at

Isaac Wheeler - Staff Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defender's Association

Registration Fees:

$295 Private Attorney
$195 Public Defender, Non-Profit, Student, Legal Worker
$250.75 National Immigration Project or Premium Resource Member Discounted Rate

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