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Immigration Law Section Annual Report | 2018 - 2019

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Section Membership
As of June 17, 2019, the Section has 262 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $4,613.73 as of April 30, 2019. 

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 10 events in fiscal year 2018-19. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Just When You Thought Removal Defense Couldn’t Get Any Busier…

09/28/18

262455

1.00

 

30

Customs and Border Protection Tour

10/11/18

262246

1.00

 

25

Padilla 201 – Practical Challenges since Padilla v. Kentucky

11/08/18

264599

2.00

32

Minneapolis Passport Agency Tour

11/14/18

264628

1.00

18

I-9 Compliance and Immigration Law for Agricultural Employers

12/06/18

266071

2.00

28

5th Annual Immigrant Attorneys Among Us – Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside of the U.S.

01/18/19

267430

1.50 EOB

53

How to Become an Immigration Attorney

02/28/19

267894

1.00

30

Addressing Challenges between Immigration and Family Law

04/30/19

271632

2.00

31

Ensuring Access to Justice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients in the Immigration Context

05/10/19

272785

1.50 EOB

39

Asylum Seekers at the Border – Views from the Front Line

6/13/19

274131

1.50

60

 Annual Meeting and Election Results 
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 13, 2019 and 10 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020:

Satveer Chaudhary
Theresa Dykoschak
Barbara Erlandson
Ryan Marth
Ana Pottratz Acosta
Marcos Ramirez
Ernest Wiafe

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020:

Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Chair
Nysha Cornelius, Vice Chair
Rachel Kieke, Treasurer
Colleen Beebe, Secretary

Diversity and Inclusion
The section continued its annual tradition of holding the elimination of bias CLE in January, 2019.  The 5th Annual “Immigrant Attorneys Among Us – Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside the U.S.” was a success again highlighting the challenges and successes immigrant attorneys face in the profession.

The annual meeting showcased a panel of five strong, female immigration attorneys and law students who travelled to the US/Mexico border to assist with mass detention/family separation cases. Largest CLE attendance of the year.

Council reapproved funding to cover the membership fees of a member from a non-profit organization in order to increase council diversity.

The section council also voted to have a council member serve on the D&I committee every year. This year, we nominated Nysha Cornelius to serve on the D&I committee, and be the section’s D&I rep. Through her leadership, we were able to develop a D&I section plan that will be reviewed annually, and begin implementing our goals right away. Among the goals, were to implement a “buddy system” for new members to be paired with senior council members for check-ins and meetings, increase the diversity in speakers at CLEs and the host locations for upcoming CLEs, and to reach out to out-state members about joining the council.

Other Section Accomplishments
Participated in multiple out-state MSBA events, including the One Profession events in Rochester, Willmar, and planned 7/11 Coon Rapids.

Section also participated in the various forms of outreach to law students, including participating in multiple “Meet the Bar” events, inviting law students to section council meetings, adding law student members to the council, inviting law students to speak on CLE panels, and scheduling a tour at MSP airport port-of-entry specifically for students that will be held during the next fiscal year.

Lastly, the council presented a legislative proposal during the 2018-2019 session on the MN Driver’s License bill with the support of various community-based and legal services organizations. Unfortunately, our proposal was denied by the MSBA Legislative Committee.

Submitted By:
Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Section Chair
Date: June 19, 2019