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Best Practices for Preparing the Asylum Application, Asylum Interview, and Hearing

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Produced on May 31, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 7m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

This intermediate course, led by immigration attorney Ruby Powers, an expert with more than a decade of asylum experience, outlines best practices and suggestions on how to prepare the asylum application and additional supplemental materials to put a client’s best case forward in convincing the adjudicator of their eligibility. She will also propose asylum office-specific advice on preferences for filing deadlines and specific details of various asylum offices.

In addition to the application and supplemental materials, this course will address how to prepare a client for the best asylum interview or immigration court hearing experience, including the three sections of the affirmative asylum interview and best practices to prepare a client for a smooth experience in an already stressful process. Learn best practices on how to prepare a client for the immigration court hearing and being cross examined by the trial attorney and the immigration judge, as well as how to formulate and anticipate questions so that a client will be prepared for the interview or hearing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the ideal components to an asylum application and additional supplement evidence
  2. Identify the best evidence needed for a client’s case
  3. Dissect the three major sections of the asylum interview or hearing
  4. Best prepare a client for the affirmative asylum interview or defensive asylum immigration hearing

Credit Information

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Ruby Powers

Powers Law Group, P.C.

Ruby L. Powers is the founder and managing attorney of Powers Law Group, P.C., a full-service immigration law firm based in Houston, Texas. Powers is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is an alumna of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Leadership Houston, and a fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Powers started her law firm from her house in the height of the Great Recession in 2009 and have since grown her business up to 14 employees, including multiple attorneys and satellite offices. She once managed her firm remotely from Dubai and Turkey for 14 months.

Powers manages to run a successful law practice in a challenging area of law while balancing community involvement and pro bono legal representation. She is a frequent national and international speaker, author, and media resource on the topics of immigration law and policy and law practice management. Her expertise and advocacy efforts have been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, BBC World News, and beyond. Powers’ experience in legislative work in Washington, D.C., and the Texas State Capitol prompted her to pursue public office. Powers is currently running for a position in the Texas State Legislature. Ruby serves as AILA Media Advocacy Committee Vice-Chair, was AILA Texas Chapter Advocacy Chair 2014-2019, Powers was awarded the AILA Advocacy Award, Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer, After years of advocacy at the border, the state capital, and in her community, Ruby decided to run for public office and continues to advocate for her community.

Powers lives in Houston with her husband, Burak, and her two children, Rex and Violet. She enjoys traveling, reading (mostly business books), and playing sports and board games with her family.

For updates to the book and other tips: http://BuildandManageYourSuccessfulImmigrationLawPractice.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourSuccessfulLawPractice

The Author’s Law Firm: www.RubyPowersLaw.com


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solomon g.

well put together course! thank you

Edward R.

She did a great job!

Nancy L.

Excellent presenter and education

Sara L.

Very well done!

Dana R.

Hugely informative. The presenter's style of presentation was engrossing and delightful, very "in the moment", so to speak.


Excellent presentation and guidance

Gwen I.

Presenter and content were excellent. Thank you.

Norma G.

This was one of the best Immigration CLEs I've heard.

Ira H.

Excellent presentation

Bielka M. T.

I like Ruby Powers presentation. It is a real guide in keeping the case and the client organized. Very helpful and a good refresher with new ideas.

Ola M.

Very good CLE


Nicely done.

Kichul K.


Carroll M.

Ms Powers was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in both a professional and practical aspect on this subject. Great presentation!

Steven H.

Very important and timely topic. Even non-Immigration Law attorneys should take this course.

Elizabeth H.

The Instructor was informative.

Jennifer C.

immigration seminar like this is incredibly helpful, thank you!

Brian O.

Excellent lecture

Brendan K.

She knows her stuff.

Susan F.

Fantastic! So informative and helpful. I’ll be listening to this class again. Thank you!

Henry V.

Outstanding presentation.

Andrew R.

Very good.

Thomas R.

Not my area of practice, but the comments on thorough interviews was very useful

Anthony V.

Very relevant topic

Frank R.

Good Teacher!

Walter R.

Excellent insight - very helpful

gene p.

great presentation

Frank C.

Good presentation. Attorney had an excellent command of the subject matter.

Maria A.

Very Informative and clear

kay m.

Excellent presentation. This lady knows her stuff on a topic that is very relevant and current.

Angelica C.

Great course -- thanks!

Rufus W.

Very clear and helpful and practical

Fabian G.

Thank you very much for this informative video.

Jeannette B.

Ruby was very knowledgeable. She provided sufficient background to make her subject accessible to someone with little knowledge of the Asylum process.

Mattie A.


Martin B.

Excellent presentation

Joe P.

thank you

Jonathan Y.

great presentation.

Elizabeth S.

Excellent presentation -- gives understanding of the whole process in addition to just "how to"

Tina J.

Really enjoyed listening to this presentation.

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