New Training: Novice Tack: Help Me Help You; Basic Skills for Working with Clients in Removal Proceedings 

Join the Removal Defense Corps for an in-person training from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at Loyola Law School.  This entry-level training will provide an overview for best practices for working with clients in removal proceedings, including trauma-informed lawyering, interviewing techniques and developing declarations.  In order to participate in the training, you must make a pro bono commitment.  RSVP here.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Loyola Law School

MCLE Credit: 3.5 MCLE Credits


New Training: Introduction to Human Trafficking and T-Visa

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery Trafficking (CAST) will provide an overview on how to identify and provide trauma-informed legal services to human trafficking survivors and how to file a T-visa. This half-day workshop will be in Culver City at the Peace Center from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. RSVP here.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

MCLE Credit: 4 MCLE Credits


New Training Series: Introduction to Removal Defense 

Are you new to immigration practice or to removal defense practice?

Join the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles for a two-day seminar in Los Angeles. The training will provide an overview of removal defense topics and will provide you with the skills to walk into court and effectively represent your client. RSVP here.

Date: Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Registration starts at 8:30 am

Location: California Community Foundation, 281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012

MCLE Credit: 6.5 MCLE Credits


New Training: Asylum Law Part 1

Join Esperanaza Immigrant Rights Project for an in-person training in Los Angeles where you will learn how to represent clients seeking Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT). The training will include procedural and practical advice from Esperanza's experienced attorneys. RSVP here.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm; Registration starts at 5:15 pm

Location: Esperanza's Office - 1530 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

MCLE Credit: 2 CLE Credits


Thinking Through Asylum Claims Based on Domestic Violence in a Post-A-B- Landscape

In this interactive workshop, participants will work through real-life cases of asylum claims based on domestic violence. Collectively we will think through strategies to overcome challenges in light of the former Attorney General's decision in Matter of A-B-. We will also share CGRS’s observations from domestic violence-based case outcomes post-A-B-.

If you have a case you would like to workshop, please submit an online request for assistance to CGRS first to obtain a CGRS Case # and to provide additional details about your case: Priority will be given to workshopping cases from CDSS-funded organizations. However, others are welcome to submit cases for consideration.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: UC Hastings School of Law, 198 McAllister Street, Classroom D, San Francisco, CA

MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP here


Training Program: Removal Defense Corps in Los Angeles 

Loyola and Southwestern Law Schools have launched the Removal Defense Corps (RDC)a pro bono removal defense program, and they are seeking pro bono attorneys who are novice and expert attorneys in removal defense to support their program by getting trained and taking on cases. You can sign up to participate in this program by completing this form which will allow RDC to determine your level of participation and help match you with a mentor if applicable. In order to participate in the program, you must make a pro bono commitment.


Training Resources

The Pro Bono Training Institute provides free online legal trainings in a variety of immigration areas, including:

Removal Defense Corp Resource Bank is an online platform that hosts materials for use by LA Justice Fund partner organizations and staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and legal volunteers they work with.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) offers a free guide to obtaining release from immigration detention, along with a number of supporting documents.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has a lot of great practice advisories on removal defense and asylum law. This is especially helpful for non-immigration attorneys who need to be updated on the rapid changes in immigration law.

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has amazing resources for attorneys representing clients seeking asylum.