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The MSBA's Criminal Law and
Immigration Law Sections are co-sponsoring


Habeas, Holds, Writs & Warrants: Practice Pointers Surrounding the Transition of Immigrant Clients between Criminal and Immigration Custody


  • Is it futile for a client to post criminal bail when an immigration hold exists?
  • Utilizing writs of habeas corpus to release clients from criminal custody when an ICE hold is in place.
  • “Catch 22”: Diversion programs & immigration bonds.
  • Pending domestic violence and DUI charges & their impact on immigration bonds.
  • How to make documents and information accessible after a client transitions from criminal to immigration custody.
  • How to ensure a client in immigration custody is able to attend future criminal hearings.
  • How to communicate mental health needs of clients transitioning from criminal to immigration custody.
  • Quashing warrants while a client is in immigration custody.

Much has been said regarding the substantive impact of criminal convictions on one’s immigration status. Less has been said about the logistics surrounding the criminal and immigration proceedings that may be occurring simultaneously. Criminal defense attorneys may suddenly lose contact with their clients as they are whisked off into immigration custody following the arraignment hearing. Immigration attorneys may find themselves in a mini-criminal trial at an immigration bond redetermination hearing when criminal charges are still pending. How do (and should) we maneuver in unfamiliar terrain? How do we defend our clients in the here and now when the future hangs in the balance of the criminal/immigration proceedings? This seminar will explore common challenges clients and practitioners face when transitioning between criminal and immigration proceedings. The panel will describe tactics that may be used to ensure clients are afforded due process in both criminal and immigration proceedings.

Lunch will be provided. Special dietary requests need to be received by Wednesday, March 21.



Sarah S. Brenes (Moderator), University of St. Thomas School of Law

Angela D. Bortel, The Bortel Firm LLC

Kathleen A. Moccio, Hennepin County Office of the Public Defender

2 hours of Standard CLE credits have been applied for.
The event code is 165203.



Date: Friday, March 23, 2012

Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location:   MSBA Offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Immigration or Criminal Law Section Member:  $25.00

MSBA member but not an Immigration or Criminal Law Section Member:  $30.00

Non-MSBA Member:  $35.00

Law Students:  $10.00

Teleconferencing is available. Registrations must be received by March 21. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent by e-mail on Thursday, March 22.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.