Location: True Reformer Building, 1200 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This one-day seminar offers an overview of removal proceedings and will provide you with the skills to walk into court and plead on behalf of your client, screen your client and prepare applications for relief from removal. We will focus on procedural basics and essential analytical skills needed to zealously advocate for your client in court. We will provide an overview of removal proceedings and the immigration court and discuss how to prepare for the master calendar hearing and beyond. We will also discuss how to screen your client thoroughly for relief and focus on the eligibility criteria and bars for non-LPR cancellation of removal. We will cover hot topics in removal proceedings such as recent caselaw and changes in guidance that have impacted relief and procedure in immigration court.
Alison Kamhi is a Supervising Attorney based in San Francisco. Alison is a dedicated immigrant advocate who brings significant experience in immigration law to the ILRC. Alison provides technical assistance through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program on a wide range of immigration issues, including immigration options for youth, consequences of criminal convictions for immigration purposes, removal defense strategy, and eligibility for immigration relief, including family-based immigration, U visas, VAWA, DACA, cancellation of removal, asylum, and naturalization. She leads ILRC’s project on driver’s licenses for immigrants, and also conducts frequent in-person and webinar trainings on naturalization, family-based immigration, U visas, FOIA requests, and parole in immigration law.
She has co-authored a number of publications, including The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crimes (ILRC); Parole in Immigration Law (ILRC); FOIA Requests and Other Background Checks (ILRC); Hardship in Immigration Law (ILRC); Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship (ILRC); Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth (ILRC); A Guide for Immigrant Advocates (ILRC); and Most In Need But Least Served: Legal and Practical Barriers to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Federally Detained Minors, 50 Fam. Ct. Rev. 4 (2012).
Prior to the ILRC, Alison worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic, where she supervised removal defense cases and immigrants' rights advocacy projects. Before Stanford, she represented abandoned and abused immigrant youth as a Skadden Fellow at Bay Area Legal Aid and at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York. While in law school, Alison worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, and Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Julia Gibbons in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Alison received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Stanford University. Alison is admitted to the bar in California and New York. She speaks German and Spanish.
Peggy Gleason, who has dedicated her career to immigrant rights, joined ILRC in 2019 as a senior staff attorney in Washington, D.C.
She worked most recently in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, dealing with civil rights complaints concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Earlier, she worked on family and humanitarian immigration policy and legal issues for the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and on legal access issues for the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Before her time with the federal government, she was a senior attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s training and technical support section for 23 years, providing technical assistance and training to CLINIC’s affiliated programs and other nonprofits nationwide. She also represented immigrant clients of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services for the Archdiocese of Washington. She began fulltime practice of immigration law while working for the Colorado Rural Legal Services Farmworker Program.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Ibero-American Studies and earned her J.D. at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Colorado Bar.
Peggy is a frequent speaker on immigration law topics and contributor to publications. She speaks Spanish.
Elsy Ramos Velasquez
Elsy Ramos Velasquez is an Associate with the Immigration Unit in Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C. office. Elsy has guided clients in all aspects of client representation including interviews, meetings, and consultations. She has wide-ranging experience in preparing and submitting complex asylum, family-based, SIJS, VAWA and U visa as well as waiver applications. She can provide counsel and assist in preparing and submitting non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications with supporting documents to U.S. Consulates. Elsy represents clients before the U.S. Immigration Courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State, and Maryland family courts.
Elsy earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, graduated magna cum laude and received the Excellence in Clinical Education Award. She was President of the Immigration Law Association and Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association. In law school, she interned with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Baltimore Immigration Court. She also served as a student attorney at the University of Baltimore’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. As a student attorney, she successfully represented clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Prior to law school, Elsy attended the University of Maryland University College receiving her M.A. in Business Administration. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Miami.
Elsy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Federal Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Elizabeth Carlson joined Catholic Charities in February 2019 as a Staff Attorney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Elizabeth worked for several years as an Associate Attorney at Maggio + Kattar, a boutique immigration law firm in Washington DC. Her practice focused on family-based immigration, humanitarian immigration relief, and deportation defense. She also served for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk and Attorney Advisor at the New York immigration court, where she drafted decisions for the immigration judges. She is fluent in Spanish and is barred in New York and the District of Columbia.