Noncitizens charged with criminal conduct may have their ability to enter or remain in the U.S. severely limited. Much depends on how the conduct is classified: e.g. whether it can be categorized as an ‘aggravated felony,’ a ‘crime involving moral turpitude, or one of a number of other related grounds of criminal inadmissibility or removability.
When a potential or current client informs you of prior criminal activity and/or arrests, your next steps are absolutely crucial to providing effective counsel. What information and documentation do you need? How do you begin to understand and analyze what you are able to obtain? How do you determine the scope of potential effects and defenses, and how do you begin to formulate strategy? This course will enable attorneys to immediately develop a strategy that gives the client the best chance of success at obtaining the immigration benefit sought despite their criminal history, and/or defend against potential criminal grounds of inadmissibility or removability.
This course will benefit immigration attorneys as well as criminal defense attorneys with noncitizen clients.
Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney in Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and currently serves on its Ethics Committee. He frequently writes and presents on these topics, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.
He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and employment-based visas.
He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).