Question & Answer Sessions

The Q&A Sessions provide an interactive space for AC20V attendees and speakers to discuss hot topics in immigration law and to ask questions regarding information presented in the various conference tracks. We encourage all participants to join by webcam and come prepared with questions and comments. This is our opportunity to see each other’s faces and hear each other voices, as we network and share insight into issues facing our field. 

Monday, July 20

Q&A: Building Resilience to Stress 1:15 pm–2:15 pm EST

Q&A: Building Resilience to Stress

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Overview

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s no surprise! Amidst the health, social, and financial implications of COVID-19 to our families and practices, we are facing further elimination of legal options for our clients. And, while the anti-racist movement around the country hopefully will result in meaningful change, it also adds another layer of uncertainty and competes for our attention and emotional resources. Stress is inevitable but we can develop a resilient mindset that enables us to adapt and bounce back. We can learn to thrive in spite of difficult situations.

This Q&A session will begin with a short presentation and then open up to questions and discussion from the participants. There is a maximum capacity of 500 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Agenda and Speakers

  • Why we feel overwhelmed – acknowledge the circumstances
  • What is a “resilient mindset” and what can it do for you
  • The power of positive thinking
  • Tools and strategies for developing resiliency

Faculty:

  • C. Lynn Calder, Raleigh, NC
  • Diana Santos, Divya Whole Health, Fairfax, VA
  • Reid Trautz, Director, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center, Washington, DC

Q&A: PPP Loan Forgiveness 4:15 pm–5:15 pm EST

Q&A: PPP Loan Forgiveness

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topic of PPP loan forgiveness, led by our moderator and expert faculty. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.  

Faculty

  • Neena Dutta, AILA Board of Governors, Elected Director, New York, NY
  • Andrew Nietor, AILA Board of Governors, Elected Director, San Diego, CA
  • Charity Anastasio (DL), Practice Management Advisor, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center, Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 21

Q&A: Fundamentals Bootcamp Track 11:30 am–12:30 pm EST

Q&A: Fundamentals Bootcamp Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Fundamentals Bootcamp track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Fundamentals Bootcamp track panels on Monday, July 20.

You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

Faculty

  • Maggie Murphy (DL), AILA Board of Governors, Austin TX
  • Ellen S. Kief, AILA Board of Governors, Chapter Chair, Vancouver, Canada
  • Renata Castro, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Kathrin S. Mautino, Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, San Diego CA
  • Daniel J. Parisi, London, England
  • John T. Medeiros, Minneapolis, MN
  • Susan W. Ramos, Asheville, NC
  • Lauren K. Ross, San Francisco, CA
  • Jennifer S. Varughese, McLean VA
  • Veronica Thronson, Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the MSU Law Clinics, East Lansing, MI

Q&A: Advanced Family Track 2:45 pm–3:45 pm EST

Q&A: Advanced Family Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Advanced Family track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Advanced Family track panels on Monday, July 20.

You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

Faculty

  • Michele N. Carney (DL), AILA Ethics Committee Vice Chair, Seattle, WA
  • Scott A. Emerick, AILA Southern California Chapter Chair, Los Angeles, CA
  • Laura Ferner, Springdale, AR
  • Rina M. Ghandi, Fairfax, VA
  • Kathleen E. Irish, Kansas City, MO

Q&A: DACA Updates 4:15 pm–5:15 pm EST

Q&A: Public Charge Updates

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topic of DACA, led by our moderator and expert faculty. There is a maximum capacity of 500 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Faculty

  • Charles Kuck, AILA Past President, Atlanta, GA
  • Dan H. Berger, Northampton, MA
  • Jill Marie Bussey, Silver Spring, MD
  • Kenneth K. Schmitt, St. Louis, MO
  • Karen C. Tumlin, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kate Voigt, AILA Senior Associate Director of Government Relations, Washington, DC

Q&A: Public Charge Updates 5:45 pm–6:45 pm EST

Q&A: Public Charge Updates

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topic of the new public charge rule, led by our moderator and expert faculty. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

Faculty

Wednesday, July 22

Q&A: Advanced Business Track 11:30 am–12:30 pm EST

Q&A: Advanced Business Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Advanced Business track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Advanced Business track panels on Tuesday, July 21.

There is a maximum capacity of 300 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Faculty

  • Kevin W. Miner, AILA Board of Governors, Elected Director, AILA Co-Author, Business Immigration: Law & Practice, 2nd Ed., Atlanta, GA
  • Ramon E. Curiel, AILA Latin America Chapter Chair/CBP Liaison Committee Vice Chair, San Antonio, TX
  • Vincent W. Lau, DOL Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Cambridge, MA
  • Elizabeth Chatham, Pheonix, AZ
  • Lori T. Chesser, Des Moines, IA
  • Amy Erlbacher-Anderson, Omaha, NE
  • Vic Goel, Reston, VA
  • David Grunblatt, New York, NY
  • Catherine L. Haight, Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Amy L. Peck (DL), Omaha, NE
  • Helena Tetzeli, Miami, FL

Q&A: H Visas, L Visas, and the Presidential Proclamations Temporarily Suspending Entry 1:15 pm–2:15 pm EST

Q&A: H Visas, L Visas, and the Presidential Proclamations Temporarily Suspending Entry

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topic of the impact of the presidential proclamations on H and L visas, led by our moderator and expert faculty. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

Faculty

  • Alexis S. Axelrad, AILA Board of Governors/CBP Liaison Committee Chair, New York, NY
  • Heather Drabek Prendergast (DL), AILA Board of Governors/AILA University Committee Chair, Cleveland, OH
  • Sandra S. Reguerin, AILA DOS Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ramon E. Curiel, AILA Latin America Chapter Chair/CBP Liaison Committee Vice Chair, San Antonio, TX

Q&A: Fundamentals Business Track 2:45–3:45 pm EST

Q&A: Fundamentals Business Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Fundamentals Business track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Fundamentals Business track panels on Tuesday, July 21.

There is a maximum capacity of 300 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Faculty

  • Tiffany Chang Wu, Irvine, CA
  • Robin O’Donoghue, Cambridge, MA
  • Courney Rineer, Orlando, FL
  • Kimberley B. Robidoux , San Diego, CA
  • Eileen M.G. Scofield, Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Wilson, Oakland, CA
  • Andrew L. Wizner, Hartford, CA

Q&A: Discussion with AILA Authors 4:15–5:15 pm EST

Q&A: Discussion with AILA Authors

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on various hot topics in immigration, led by our moderator and expert faculty of AILA Authors. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees. This session will feature authors of Essentials of Immigration Law, Business Immigration: Law & Practice, Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, and Build and Manage Your successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind)

Faculty

Thursday, July 23

Q&A: Advanced Litigation Track 10:45 am–11:45 am EST

Q&A: Advanced Litigation Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Advanced Litigation track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Advanced Litigation track panels on Wednesday, July 22.

There is a maximum capacity of 300 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Faculty

  • Robert Pauw, AILA Author, Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, 5th Ed., Seattle, WA
  • Deborah Anker, Cambridge, MA
  • Jeffrey S. Chase, Brooklyn, NY
  • Brian S. Green, Los Angeles, CA
  • Zach Nightingale, San Francisco, CA
  • Evelyn Smallwood, Durham, NC
  • Francisco “Frank” Symphorien-Saavedra, Orlando, FL
  • W. John Vandenberg, Philadelphia, PA
  • Michael S. Vastine, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Jonathan Wasden, Burke, VA
  • Leslie Dellon, Staff Attorney (Business Immigration), American Immigration Council, Washington, DC

Q&A: Discussion with AILA Authors 12:15-1:15 pm EST

Q&A: Discussion with AILA Authors

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on various hot topics in immigration, led by our moderator and expert faculty of AILA Authors. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

This session will feature authors of Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind), Immigration Law & the Military, Public Charge and Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner’s Guide, and Immigration Law and the Family.

Faculty

Q&A: Fundamentals Removal Track 1:45 pm–2:45 pm EST

Q&A: Fundamentals Removal Track

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topics presented in the Fundamentals Removal track of the Annual Conference, held the day prior. The session will be led by our moderator and expert faculty from the Fundamentals Removal track panels on Wednesday, July 22.

There is a maximum capacity of 300 for the live session; a recording will be made available to all conference attendees. You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field.

Faculty

  • Michael W. Gahagan, Metairie, LA
  • Teddy Chadwick, AILA University Committee Vice Chair/NMD Steering Committee Vice Chair, Milwaukee, WI
  • Cory Forman, New York, NY
  • Maris J. Liss, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Elham Sadri, San Jose, CA

Q&A: Forum on AILA’s Impact Litigation 3:15 pm–4:15 pm EST

Q&A: Forum on AILA’s Impact Litigation

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This Q&A session will consist of 60 minutes of questions and discussion from the participants on the topic of AILA’s impact litigation, led by our moderator and expert faculty from AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force (ALTF). You can ask questions during the session or pre-submit questions here. We encourage all participants to join with their webcams enabled and come prepared to participate in discussion with colleagues in the field. A recording will be made available to all conference attendees.

Faculty

  • H. Ronald Klasko (DL), AILA Past President/Administrative Litigation Task Force Chair, Philadelphia, PA
  • Eleanor Pelta, AILA Past President, Washington, DC
  • Jesse M. Bless, AILA Director of Federal Litigation, Washington, DC
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