Attorney Dennis to moderate ABA discussion on children in immigration and removal

On Friday, February 6, 2015, Attorney Johanna Dennis, Chair of the ABA-YLD Immigration and Naturalization Committee, will be moderating a panel discussion at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Houston, Texas. Information about the program and speakers follows below. More information about the ABA Midyear meeting can be found here and about Young Lawyers Division events here.

Age of Innocence? A Look at Recent Immigration Cases Involving the Child Status Protection Act, Deferred Action and Unaccompanied Minors in Removal (CLE Requested)
Friday, February 6, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Hilton Americas / George R. Brown Convention Center
Lanier Grand Ballroom B, Level 4

Description: In the past few years, protecting and advocating for children in the immigration arena has become more complex. While Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals entered its second year, immigration practitioners and not-for-profit agencies saw unique challenges in assisting DACA eligible individuals. In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a narrow ruling by the BIA governing which classifications of children could retain their derivative beneficiary priority date under the Child Status Protection Act. Over the past year, the immigration courts have seen a significant increase in unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. This panel will discuss these issues and their causes, share insights and experiences, and offer suggestions for practitioners regarding representing children in immigration cases.

Sponsored by: Immigration and Naturalization Committee
Co-sponsored by: Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee; Section of International Law
Program Chair(s): Johanna K.P. Dennis, JD Law Associates, LLC, Newtown, PA
Kristian Collins, Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication & Review, Tallahassee, FL

Moderator: Johanna K.P. Dennis, JD Law Associates, LLC, Newtown, PA
Speakers: Erika L. Glenn, Rodney Jones Law Group, Houston, TX
Qiang Bjornbak, Law Office of Qiang Bjornbak, Los Angeles, CA
Claudia Lopez, Law Office of Claudia P. Lopez, PLLC, Phoenix, AZ