A New Way Forward for SIJS - Petitioning the Juvenile Court for Guardianship and Special Findings for Young People Ages 18 to 21

Event Description

Online registration is closed. To register, please email Tram Nguyen at tnguyen@mnbars.org.

In the 2021-2022, the Minnesota Legislature enacted Minn. Stat. § 257D.01 which expanded guardianship petitions in juvenile court to young people ages 18 to 21. One important purpose of this legislation was to provide a pathway for young people and families to obtain special findings to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in immigration proceedings. The new statute outlines a process by which the young person themself can petition the juvenile court for a form of guardianship. The speakers will describe the process and their initial experiences working with the new statute.

This CLE is co-sponsored by the Children and the Law Section and the Immigration Law Section.


Alison Griffith, Attorney at Aust Schmiechen
Kara Rieke, Resource Attorney – Family at Volunteer Lawyers Network

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 473221


Children & the Law Section and Immigration Law Section Member: $5
MSBA Member not in the Children & the Law Section: $10
Non-MSBA Member: $15
Law Student/New Admittee: FREE

Registration Deadline:  November 28, 2022. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form . Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Covid-19:  We are currently following CDC guidelines for Covid-19. For more information, please visit our website .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager: Tram Nguyen | tnguyen@mnbars.org | 612-278-6316

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Live Webinar - Zoom