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MSBA Immigration Law Section
2005-2006 Annual Report


June 30, 2006
By: Kathleen A. Moccio, Chair

The Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association had a successful year of continuing legal education programs and meetings on various topics of importance to its membership throughout the year. We also worked in conjunction with the Minnesota/Dakota's Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association in developing programs and participation. Furthermore, the Section worked with local organizations on immigration reform issues. The following is a summary of the programs sponsored in the past year:

Immigration Law Ethics for Immigration Practitioners
June 28, 2006 2.0 Ethics Credits
   
Seeking Protection Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
February 24, 2006 1.0 CLE Credit
   
Client Services Available at Foreign Consulates in Minneapolis
December 16, 2005 1.5 CLE Credits
   
Ask the Experts
September 29, 2005 2.0 CLE Credits



MSBA Immigration Law Section
2004-2005 Annual Report


June 30, 2005
By: Steven C. Thal, Chair

The Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association had a successful year of continuing legal education programs and meetings on various topics of importance to its membership throughout the year. We also worked in conjunction with the Minnesota/Dakota's Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association in developing programs and participation. We met all of our principal goals of our CLE's, in that we had at least one CLE on ethics, one on bias/diversity, and held one for students at the University of St. Thomas Law School. In addition, we made a concerted effort to have CLE's with other sections of the Bar Association, which included the International Business Law Section, the Employment Law Section, the Criminal Law Section and participated in the Annual CLE Conference of the Family Law Section. One of the other highlights of the year was a half day CLE Conference held with the Criminal Law Section in conjunction with the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section meeting in Minneapolis. Hennepin County District Court Judge Catherine Anderson coordinated this project which resulted in a successful conference. We look forward to planning and hosting a similar set of programs in the coming year and intend to continue our efforts in conjunction with other sections of the State Bar Association. The following is a summary of the programs sponsored in the past year:


MSBA Immigration Law Section
2003-2004 Annual Report

The Immigration Law Section held five meetings during the course of the year to discuss changes and updates in immigration laws and policies. These meetings included the following:

7/14/04: Annual Immigration Update - Highlights of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference;
3/25/04: 2004 Nebraska Service Center & USCIS Headquarters Update;
2/26/04: Confessions of a Former INS Trial Attorney: How to Deal Effectively with the Office of District Counsel;
10/23/03: Report on the Freedom Ride & The View From Washington - Legislative Update;
7/15/03: Annual Immigration Update.

Jeanne Glader Kildow,
Chairperson

 


MSBA Immigration Law Section
1996-97 Annual Report

The Immigration Law Section held essentially four meetings during the course of the year to discuss changes in immigration laws and policies. These meetings included the following:

A meeting with Immigration Judge Robert D. Vinikoor regarding major changes in immigration law contained in an act passed by Congress on September 26, 1996;

A meeting with Robert Esbrook, director of the I.N.S. Asylum Office in Chicago, regarding the handling of asylum cases by that office;

A joint meeting with the Criminal Law Section regarding changes for criminal offenders under the new Immigration Act of September 1996; and

A general update led by members of the section concerning critical changes in immigration laws which took effect in September 1997.

The section also joined with the American Immigration Lawyers Association on several other meetings with I.N.S. officials.

Lesley M. Guyton,
Chairperson

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