This webinar will help advocates understand expedited removal and reinstatement of removal, including how to help clients who have been subjected to such summary removal procedures. We will cover how advocates may be able to move to reopen orders of expedited removal and reinstatement of removal, including practice tips.
Valerie Zukin, Special Projects Attorney - ILRC
Valerie Anne Zukin joined the Immigrant Legal Resource Center as a Special Projects Attorney in June 2020. Her work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. Specifically, Valerie is coordinating implementation and training for the California Immigrant Justice Fellowship, the first California-sponsored legal fellowship program to expand access to counsel in the most underserved rural regions of the state. Valerie also conducts trainings on immigration law, contributes to ILRC publications, and provides legal expertise through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program.
Prior to joining the ILRC, Zukin served as the Legal Director the for the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ), a regional collaborative for detained immigrant representation comprised of legal service providers providing pro bono detained representation in Northern and Central California. In this role, Zukin facilitated sharing best practices and strategy around litigation and advocacy, provided technical assistance and training, served as the lead coordinator for the AILA Mesa Verde Pro Bono Project for recent-arrival asylum seekers, and administered the pro bono Attorney of the Day Program for the detained dockets at the San Francisco Immigration Court. She previously practiced at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale from 2011 to 2017, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project from 2007 to 2011, where she represented clients in complex immigration matters before the immigration agencies and federal courts. Valerie received her B.A. from Haverford College and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Valerie is fluent in Spanish.
Trina Realmuto, Executive Director - NILA
With over twenty years of experience in immigration, damages, and transparency litigation in federal courts, Trina has litigated and argued several precedent decisions on behalf of individuals, classes, and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. Most recently, Trina was a Directing Attorney of Litigation at the American Immigration Council. Prior to that, she served as the Litigation Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and as a consulting attorney to the Council. In addition, she has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates. Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout LLC, a San Francisco-based immigration firm where she specialized in federal court litigation and deportation defense. In 2015, Trina was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney - NILA
Kristin’s career has been dedicated to defending the due process and statutory rights of immigrants. Prior to joining NILA, Kristin was a staff attorney at the American Immigration Council (AIC) for four years, where she co-counseled class actions, wrote amicus briefs for numerous courts of appeals, including in precedent setting cases, argued important cases, authored practice advisories, and organized AIC’s annual litigation meeting. She also was a litigation attorney with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, where she focused on federal court litigation to promote the due process rights of people facing deportation. Kristin began her career as a legal fellow at AIC.