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Preparing for an Immigration Consultation

(697 reviews)

Produced on January 16, 2015

$ 59 Immigration and Public Interest In Stock

Course Information

Time 67 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Immigration is an extremely complex area of law, with very high stakes for your clients. Complicating matters further, there are many special issues that often arise in working with an immigrant population. This program is intended to provide an overview of some of these issues, and to help you develop a strategy for consultations that fits both your personality and the objectives for your practice. 

Immigration attorney Matthew Blaisdell is joined by his friend and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient, Milton X. Trujilio, as he brings you a comprehensive introduction to immigration practice.  


Learning Objectives:

I.     Identify goals, when you need to obtain them, and develop a strategy

II.    Determine whether to conduct a pre-consultation intake and how to do it properly

III.   Interview clients: priorities, questions, and techniques for interviewing and giving advice 

IV.   Learn how to structure retainers

V.    Address special issues with clients



Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.

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 is current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, 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 attorney ethics, 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 non-immigrant 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).

Milton X. Trujillo is a poet and filmmaker who lives in Queens. He was born in Quito, Ecuador and migrated to the United States with his mother and sister at the age of 15. Milton is a CUNY Hunter Alumni, having studied Film Production and Psychology, and is now a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. He sits in the board of directors of Atlas DIY, an incubator of cooperative education, community, and empowerment for undocumented youth and their allies, based out of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 


Richard H.

Nice overlay and summary

Christa J.

Very knowledgeable speaker.

Mala K.

I really enjoyed this different format, q&A with a former beneficiary. It was really interesting.

G Q Buck V.

Much more complex than I had realized.

Nancy H.

This course makes it very clear that immigration law is COMPLICATED -- but is also very encouraging to lawyers considering learning about it.

Melissa R.

I enjoyed the format of having a colleague do some questions/answers.

Joanne A.

I enjoyed the interview format of this CLE.

Mike H.

Liked the format

Terri R.

I rated this all 4s because I couldn't give it 5s. Have this presenter do more! Love the format, the content was great, and he kept me focused for every minute.

jackie w.

The question and answer format really worked and was very informative.

Elizabeth K.

liked to use of a nonlawyer and the conversational tone.

Adam F.

good overview, kept it straightforward.

Richard K.




Ross D.

Milton - community representative questions and perspectives very helpful.

Gopal K.


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