Crimes & Immigration (LA)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Registration Deadline: 
Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
If you are an employee of a non-profit or IOLTA organization, register to qualify for a discount.

This seminar is limited to criminal defense counsel, immigration defenders, and their staff. It is taught by national experts in the intersection of crimes and immigration law, Katherine Brady, Graciela Martinez, and Tony Pullara. In the morning session, immigration attorneys will meet separately to discuss updates to case analysis, and eligibility for relief, while criminal defenders will look at a case-analysis method for determining the immigration consequences of criminal cases and identifying specific safer pleas. In the afternoon, the two groups will join for discussion of immigration consequences of criminal offenses, including the impact of California legislation such as PC 18.5, 1203.43, Prop 47, and post-conviction relief for immigrants. This interactive training incorporates exercises and demonstrations.  *Public Defenders must register via fax or mail-in order form.


Kathy Brady has served with the ILRC since 1987 and has contributed to numerous ILRC projects. Kathy graduated from Stanford University and Boalt Hall School of Law. She taught immigration law as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and New College School of Law, and supervised students at the Stanford University Law School Immigration Clinic. Her expertise includes the immigration consequences of criminal convictions; issues affecting immigrant children and mixed families; immigration consultant and consumer fraud; naturalization; family immigration; legal status for immigrant victims of domestic violence through the Violence Against Women Act provisions (VAWA); and trial skills. She is the primary author of Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit, which in its current form and as the former California Criminal Law and Immigration has been a publication since 1990.  With Norton Tooby, she is the co-author of the 2014 CEB publication California Criminal Defense of Immigrants, and for many years was co-author of the section on defending noncitizens in the CEB manual California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. She also is a co-author of the ILRC's Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Courts. She has helped found coalitions and projects to address these issues, including serving as a co-founder of the Defending Immigrants Partnership and the Immigrant Justice Network. She authored briefs in key Ninth Circuit cases on immigration and crimes. In 2007, she received the Carol King award for advocacy from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and she served as a Commissioner to the ABA Commission on Immigration from 2009-2012. Prior to working at the ILRC, Kathy was in private practice with the immigration firm of Park and Associates. She is conversant in Spanish.

Graciela Martinez has worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender for twenty years.   For twelve years she has had primary responsibility for training and advising the 800 defenders there on immigration consequences of crimes, and all aspects of representing noncitizen defendants.   Recognized as a national expert on crim/imm from the defense side, she is a frequent speaker and author on this topic.  Graciela will lead the criminal defense group in the morning session and comment throughout the day.

Tony Pullara has practiced criminal law for more than twenty years in both trial and appellate advocacy, and is the founder of Law Offices of Anthony J. Pullara.    One of his specialties is obtaining post-conviction relief to support immigration cases, and he has won scores of victories for immigrants using a variety of legal vehicles, including appointment on numerousFranco cases.   Tony has lectured on post-conviction relief and crim/imm, and he will present on post-conviction relief for immigrants in the afternoon joint session.