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Date and Time:
09/22/2021 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT
Recorded Date:
09/22/2021
Place:
Online
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00am
Presenter:
Erin Quinn
Veronica Garcia
Sarah Lakhani
MCLE:
1.5 CA and TX
Recording, $120.00

Level: Intemediate

For practitioners already familiar with the basics of family-based immigration, this webinar will focus on the adjustment of status process for individuals pursuing permanent resident status through a family member here in the United States, including various pathways to adjustment and red flags. We will compare 245(i) eligibility and traditional adjustment under 245(a), as well as strategies for establishing adjustment eligibility.

Presenters

Erin Quinn

Erin Quinn is an attorney based in San Francisco. Her work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. She conducts trainings on immigration law throughout the United States and provides legal expertise through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program. Erin has contributed to numerous ILRC publications as author or editor, including Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court; Essentials of Asylum and many others. In addition, Erin works on issues related to immigration status and healthcare as well as consumer protection. She has published articles with LexisNexis Emerging Issues and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Prior to coming to the ILRC, Erin represented immigrants in all aspects of their immigration matters, with an emphasis on removal defense and complex cases. She was owner and attorney at her own firm for 5 years after defending immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and teaching courses as a lecturer at California State University, East Bay. Erin is on the Advisory Council for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in which she serves as Consumer Protection Coordinator.

Erin holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan, where she was co-editor of Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in English and Anthropology. She is a member of the California Bar and proficient in Spanish.

Veronica Garcia

Veronica joined the ILRC in December 2017 as a San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow.  Prior to joining ILRC, Veronica completed an Equal Justice Works Fellowship at Centro Legal de La Raza as an DACA/DAPA Emerson Fellow.  Veronica is a graduate of Howard University School of Law.  During Law school, Veronica interned at various immigrant right organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense and New York Legal Aid. Additionally, Veronica was recognized by the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington D.C. (HBA-DC) for her commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community by being awarded the inaugural HBA-DC Foundation Scholarship.

As an immigrant who grew up in Oakland California, Veronica strives to use her legal education and experience working directly with immigrant communities. 

Sarah Lakhani

Sarah is a Skadden Fellow at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) in San Francisco. She focuses on the intersection of immigration status and public benefits, family-based immigration, and relief options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes. This includes writing and updating practice advisories, manuals, and other resources for immigrant community members, legal practitioners, and other advocates and services providers. Sarah also conducts in-person and webinar trainings and contributes to the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day legal technical assistance program.

Prior to the ILRC, Sarah completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on immigration and the sociology of law. She was a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at Berkeley Law, where she engaged in academic work on the U.S. legalization process, immigration lawyering, and immigrants’ access to education, employment, and public benefits.

As a law student, Sarah worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the East Bay Community Law Center, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, the ILRC, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She also externed at the San Francisco Immigration Court and was a Human Rights Center Fellow and editor of the California Law Review.

Sarah earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law, her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She speaks Spanish and Italian and is a member of the California bar.