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Perfecting a Winning Strategy for Asylum Applications (Update)

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Produced on November 30, 2020

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Course Information

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

Course Description

Each year people come to the United States seeking safe haven from different grounds of persecution. The numbers of asylum applications EOIR and the USCIS Office receive each year continue to increase, setting an unprecedented volume of backlogged cases. After you’ve experienced several affirmative or defensive asylum cases, you’ve learned the fundamentals of the process. This intermediate-level session, updated to reflect changes in 2020, will address drawbacks that you might encounter after you proceed deeper into your asylum practice, and offers practical tips on how to address them when they arise.

In this program, immigration attorney Ruby Powers will provide an update on hot topics in an asylum, discuss creative approaches for addressing common pitfalls, and review other relevant topics. She will also provide innovative ways to help attorneys strategically plan ahead and develop a strong asylum case.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify potential credibility issues and how to avoid them

  2. Address the one-year filing deadline and exceptions

  3. Recognize bars to asylum and how to identify if there are any exceptions

  4. Discuss best practices for filing, preserving the record, and preparing your client 

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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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Michelle L.

Excellent presentation

Donna W.

This was amazing, especially because of the recent changes in asylum law. I learned so much and the faculty demonstrated knowledge, competence and compassion.

john p.

i thought that ruby was really straightforward and very helpful.

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