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The MSBA's Immigration Law Section and MN-Dakotas AILA Chapter Presents

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"Professionalism in Immigration Courts: An interview with our local immigration judges"

This CLE provides a unique opportunity for conversation with the three immigration judges currently sitting in the Immigration Court in Bloomington, MN. Collectively, the judges have spent four decades on the immigration bench, shaping their professional expectations of themselves and those who appear before them in their courtroom. All of our judges also had a broad range of experiences prior to becoming judges that have influenced their view from the bench. Appearing in their personal capacity, they will offer their insights on professionalism in our immigration courts gleaned from their experiences as judges, government attorneys and members of the private bar.

Panelists:

Mark Frey  (Moderator), Mark Frey Attorney at Law
Mark Frey is a sole practitioner in St. Paul and engaged in the practice of immigration law for almost 25 years. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association's Immigration Law Section, Minnesota Bar Association's Immigration Law Section, and active in the human rights community in the Twin Cities.

Judge Susan E. Castro  (Panelist), EOIR Immigration Court
Judge Castro was appointed as an Immigration Judge in November 1993. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973, and a Juris Doctorate in 1978, both from the University of Minnesota. From 1987 to 1993, Judge Castro worked as an assistant regional counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Fort Snelling, Minnesota. From 1984 to 1987, she served as executive director and managing attorney for Centro Legal in St. Paul, Minnesota. From 1977 to 1984, she worked for the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services as a staff attorney and a law clerk, also in St. Paul. Judge Castro is a member of the Minnesota Bar.

Judge William J. Nickerson Jr. (Panelist), EOIR Immigration Court
Judge Nickerson was appointed as an Immigration Judge in September 1998. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, and a Juris Doctorate in 1977 from Western State University. Judge Nickerson worked as a senior associate with the law firm of Margaret W. Wong & Associates in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1990 to 1998. He also worked as a partner in the law firms of Nickerson & Stabler in Chula Vista, California, and Brown, Nolan & Nickerson in Encinitas, California, and also as a solo practitioner in La Jolla, California, from 1979 to 1990. Judge Nickerson served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973. He is a member of the California Bar.

Judge Kristin W. Olmanson  (Panelist), EOIR Immigration Court
Judge Olmanson was appointed as an Immigration Judge in July 1999. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate in 1988 from William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Judge Olmanson served as an assistant district counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Bloomington, Minnesota, from 1996 to 1999. She worked as an assistant regional counsel for INS in its regional office in the Twin Cities from 1991 to 1996. From 1990 to 1991, Judge Olmanson worked as an assistant county attorney for Dakota County in Hastings, Minnesota. She served as a trial attorney for INS in Seattle, Washington, from 1989 to 1990, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 1988 to 1989. Judge Olmanson is a member of the Minnesota Bar.

1.5 hours of Ethics CLE credits approved
Event Code: 156372

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Details:

Date:   Friday, June 3, 2011
Time:   12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: 3001 Metro Drive, Suite #110
Bloomington, MN 55425 
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Please join your colleagues for lunch at 12:30, followed by the program from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Cost:

Section and AILA Members:  $15.00
MSBA Members (But Not Immigration Section Members):  $20.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $25.00

Teleconferencing is not available.

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.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336