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Best Practices for Preparing the Asylum Application, Interview, and Hearing (Update)

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Produced on August 10, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

This program, taught by Ruby Powers, an immigration attorney with over a decade of asylum experience, will provide experienced practitioners with best practices in preparing the asylum application and supplemental materials to put your client’s best case forward. The program will also cover asylum office-specific advice on preferences for filing deadlines and specific details of various asylum offices.

In addition to the application and supplemental materials, attorneys will learn how to prepare clients for the best asylum interview or immigration court hearing experience. The course will cover the three sections of the affirmative asylum interview, and best practices to prepare your client for a smooth experience in an already stressful process, including cross-examination by the trial attorney and the immigration judge. Practitioners will also learn techniques to formulate and anticipate questions so that your client will be prepared for the interview or hearing.

Learning Outcomes:

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

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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


Claudia H.

Really informative and organized. Really glad that I took this course.

Debbie Ann R.

Excellent course and instructor.

Ellen E.


Ryan B.

I liked the little recap, how this applies to you type of things made mention to. Very informative and well prepared speaker.

Melissa L.

You could hear her passion for her work.

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