Reading California Criminal Records

Recorded Date: 
11/18/2011
Recorded Length: 
90 minutes

This webinar is for immigration practitioners who face the challenge of trying to interpret their clients’ criminal records. We need to understand exactly what criminal disposition our clients may have; however, the variety of forms, terminology, and abbreviations, from county court orders and records to state and federal “rap sheets,” can make this very difficult. In this interactive webinar, we share a variety of documents, mainly from California state courts, and discuss the different forms and terms, and follow the pages to locate the legal conclusions. After each example, this webinar recording has an open phone and e-mail discussion to address attendees’ questions and comments.

Presenters:

Eric Cohen, ILRC Executive Director
Eric has been with the ILRC since 1988 and has extensive experience training both legal workers and lay advocates. His immigrant leadership trainings and expertise working with grassroots and union organizers remains a great asset. He has worked on many of the ILRC's manuals and other publications, including Naturalization & U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide and How to Successfully Appeal Naturalization Denials. Eric has also conducted numerous trainings on a variety of immigration related issues and has served as a liaison between community groups and CIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) officials. He helped develop ILRC's community model for effectively processing naturalization applications in groups and trained both legal workers and lay advocates in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles, and works with community organizers and others on voter education for naturalized citizens.

Kathy Brady, ILRC Senior Staff Attorney
Her expertise includes the immigration consequences of criminal convictions; issues affecting immigrant children and mixed families; immigration consultant and consumer fraud; family immigration; and trial skills. She is the primary author of ILRC's Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit (formerly California Criminal Law and Immigration), and for many years was co-author of the section on defending noncitizens in the CEB manual, California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. She is a co-author of the Arizona Quick Reference Guide to Immigration Consequences of Convictions, and also the author of the California Reference Guide. She is currently the Commissioner to the ABA Commission on Immigration, and she is a co-founder of the Defending Immigrants Partnership and the Immigrant Justice Network. Kathy authored briefs in key Ninth Circuit cases on immigration and crimes, and argued Lujan-Armendariz v. Ashcroft. In 2007, she received the Carol King award for advocacy from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is currently a Commissioner to the ABA Commission on Immigration.