This webinar will focus on cutting-edge and complex issues in U visa cases, including updates on crimes and conduct that might trigger a denial, revocation, deportability, derivative issues related to marriage or qualifying family status, and the latest in adjudications and best practices.
Maria Baldini-Potermin, Founder – Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C.
Maria Baldini-Potermin has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois since 2004. In addition to being a frequent lecturer on deportation/removal defense, she has written extensively on the area of immigration law and crimes. Her writings include manuals on the effects of criminal convictions for noncitizens in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and articles for the Indiana Defender. She is the author of Defending Non-Citizens in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (2009), the definitive work on immigration law and crimes within the jurisdiction of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Baldini-Potermin is also the update editor for Immigration Law & Crimes, by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Dan Kesselbrenner, and Lory Rosenberg. She is the author of Immigration Trial Handbook (Thomson West) and the author of a chapter in A Judges Guide to Immigration Law in Criminal Proceedings (American Bar Association, 2004). She is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the local and national levels, and she has served on several committees. In July 2010, Maria was the recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law. Maria serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Catherine Seitz, Regional Immigration Coordinator – Bay Area Legal Aid
Catherine has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990, starting out as legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the bar in December of 2001. Before joining Bay Area Legal Aid as Regional Immigration Coordinator in July of 2009, she worked at Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and the private immigration law firm of Simmons & Ungar.
Sally Kinoshita, Deputy Director – Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Sally joined the ILRC as a Staff Attorney in 2001. She brings to the ILRC her expertise on immigration relief for abused immigrant women and children as the author or co-author of a number of ILRC publications, including The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants; The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime; Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Courts; and Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth, and by serving as a trainer to judges, attorneys, accredited representatives, social workers, domestic violence service providers and others.