The American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) has a Federal Court Litigation section for members that specialize in federal litigation. AILA’s Federal Court Litigation section had a teleconference for its members on November 17, 2011. I was invited to speak about litigation issues regarding waivers pursuant to INA § 212(c). A waiver pursuant to INA § 212(c) can be used to allow a lawful permanent resident with a conviction to remain in the United States.
Because I have litigated cases like Blake v. Carbone, 489 F.3d 88 (2d Cir. 2007) and Restrepo v. McElroy, 369 F.3d 627 (2d Cir. 2004), many attorneys consider me to be an expert on 212(c) relief. Normally, when I speak at continuing legal education courses, I’m in the same room as the people that I’m speaking to. It was kind of interesting to be able to sit in my office in New York and be able to speak to other immigration attorneys from all over the country.