This webinar covers various hot topic issues involving good moral character that frequently arise in naturalization cases. We will discuss discretionary and statutory bars to proving good moral character and the balance test that CIS must employ when deciding if an applicant who is not statutorily ineligible has good moral character. We will also cover how a DUI can impact naturalization, including the Attorney General’s October 25, 2019 decision in the Matter of Castillo-Perez, a discussion about marijuana and naturalization, and other topics. This webinar is appropriate for practitioners who are new to naturalization, as well as those who are experienced and need a review or fine-tuning.
Eric Cohen has been with the ILRC since 1988, and has been its Executive Director since 2007. He has extensive experience training attorneys, paralegals, community advocates, and organizers on a variety of immigration law, immigrants’ rights, and leadership development topics. Eric is a national expert on naturalization and citizenship law and is the primary author of the ILRC’s manual entitled, Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide. Eric helped develop ILRC's community model for naturalization workshops. Additionally, Eric has worked on voter outreach and education programs for naturalized citizens.
Prior to working at the ILRC, Eric worked with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Labor Immigrant Assistance Project where he worked on legalization and union organizing campaigns.
Eric obtained a B.A. degree in History from Colorado College and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. He is conversant in Spanish and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Andrew joined the ILRC as a staff attorney in 2019 and focuses on a range of issues involving the consequences of criminal legal system contact for noncitizens. He has worked at this intersection of immigration and criminal law for nearly a decade, first as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders and then as a supervising litigation attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project. In those capacities, he engaged in impact litigation affecting the rights of immigrants in the criminal legal system and their vulnerability to deportation, represented noncitizens in removal proceedings in detained and nondetained immigration court cases in New York and New Jersey and in affirmative applications before the immigration agencies, challenged ICE enforcement abuses, advised noncitizens with pending cases in criminal and family courts, and co-led an advocacy campaign in New York seeking to end ICE arrests of immigrants attending state court proceedings. He is a frequent presenter and trainer on representing and defending immigrants with criminal convictions and currently sits on the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics. He speaks Spanish and is conversant in French.