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Immigration Training Resources

Immigration Training Resources for Attorney Volunteers

Deportation Defense CLE Webinar

  • Cornell Law School Professors Stephen Yale-Loehr and Estelle McKee gave this CLE in June 2017.

American Immigration Lawyers Association Practice Resources (AILA)

  • AILA is the national association of immigration lawyers and provides detailed trainings from experts in the field.
  • Downloadable recordings, podcasts, and written advisories.
  • If you are interested in volunteering with detained individuals, we recommend:
    • Preparing for Credible Fear Interviews
    • Central American Asylum Cases
    • Asylum 101 and 102
  • Consider joining AILA to access all training content and subscribe to listservs and updates.

National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Webinars and conference calls on emerging legal issues in immigration.
  • Sign up for email updates and peruse prior recordings.
  • Recommended:
    • The Muslim Ban Decision and Family Incarceration

Practising Law Institute

  • PLI provides CLEs on a variety of topics led by practitioners and experts, including many informative programs in immigration law (listed under “pro bono”).
  • Downloadable recordings and live webinars.
  • Recommended:
    • Programs Discussing Immigration Bond Hearings
    • Under Pressure: Representing Clients in Reasonable Fear and Credible Fear Interviews in the Trump Era
    • Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2018

Immigration Justice Campaign

  • Webinars, volunteering opportunities, and news updates.
  • Recommended:
    • Webinar on Family Separation and Detention
    • Overview of Removal Proceedings

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

  • Advocacy and policy organization providing numerous detailed trainings across immigration law.
  • Webinars and downloadable recordings, for a fee.
  • Recommended:
    • Building an Asylum Claim
    • Introduction to Bond Hearings

Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law

  • Clinic which provides detailed written advisories on each emerging immigration issue.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

  • In-person seminars and access to prior seminar’s program books.

Immigration Advocates Network

  • Resources for in-person trainings in your state.
  • Consider becoming a member for access to additional trainings.

New York Immigration Coalition

  • Online and in-person trainings.
  • Coming up: 40 Hour Overview of Immigration Law: Albany

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

  • E-learning courses for a fee.

Litigating Immigration Matters

This section collects links for individuals seeking resources directly relating to litigating immigration cases.

Volunteering Legal Services and Donating to Legal Agencies

For opportunities for non-lawyer volunteers, lawyer volunteers, and agencies requesting donations, please see our page on Immigration Volunteer Opportunities.

If you are a Cornell alumnus interested in working on immigration cases with us, please email Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer at jak533@cornell.edu to connect with our mailing list.