Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges

October 11-12, 2012

Conference Information

Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges is a continuing judicial education program designed especially for Texas trial judges by the Texas Center for the Judiciary and National Judicial College, and funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute, the Texas Judicial Foundation, and private donations made to the Texas Center for the Judiciary. For their attendance, participants will earn seven (7) continuing judicial education credits.

Attendance for this conference is limited to 75 participants. Register now to reserve your place! 

Registration Cost $60.00
Cancellation Date 09-28-2012
Last Day To Register09-20-2012

Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges

October 11-12, 2012

Conference Schedule

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Introduction to Immigration Law in Texas

Introduction to Immigration Law in Texas

Judge Anibal Martinez is an Immigration Judge with the San Antonio Immigration Court. He will spend the first part of the afternoon introducing judges to the basics of immigration law in Texas: categories of immigrants, avenues for citizenships, a judge’s responsibilities with regards to interpreters, a judge’s role in notifying foreign consular offices, and much more. Although this session is introductory, it is guaranteed to open your eyes to immigration issues you weren’t aware of before.

Faculty: Hon. Anibal D. Martinez, Jr.

Judge Anibal Martinez is an Immigration Judge with the San Antonio Immigration Court. He will spend the first part of the afternoon…

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

While immigration issues are complex and can be discussed at length, Judge Martinez has narrowed his material down to the consequences of criminal convictions judges MUST know. He will focus heavily on the requirements of Padilla and the proper advisals that must be given to non-citizens. He will also analyze the definition of “conviction” as it relates to federal and state law, and the implications that certain admissions can have on non-citizens even without a conviction. Judge Martinez will also address the differences between removal and deportation and potential relief that immigrants may have from such consequences.

Faculty: Hon. Anibal D. Martinez, Jr.

While immigration issues are complex and can be discussed at length, Judge Martinez has narrowed his material down to the consequences of…

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions (continued)

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions (continued)

Faculty: Hon. Anibal D. Martinez, Jr.
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Additional Immigration Issues in Criminal Cases

Additional Immigration Issues in Criminal Cases

There is no question that the tools and information you garner from the first two sessions will be invaluable to the day-to-day operations in your courtroom. But what happens when an immigration issue arises that was not covered? What resources can you make available to non-citizens who appear in your courtroom? And how do you know whether these resources are legitimate and not sham operations that will take advantage of non-citizens? Judge Martinez will identify the best resources and pro bono services that are available to both judges and non-citizens in criminal cases.

Faculty: Hon. Anibal D. Martinez, Jr.

There is no question that the tools and information you garner from the first two sessions will be invaluable to the day-to-day…

Friday, Oct 12, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Immigration Issues in Civil Law

Immigration Issues in Civil Law

If you have a non-citizen party in one of your civil law cases, it can affect every aspect of the case from voir dire to the calculation of damages. Lynn Coyle, an expert in the area of immigration, will provide you with both the law and practical examples, answering such questions as: Is immigration status discoverable? Can non-citizens claim lost wages? Is a witness that has been deported considered “unavailable” for a deposition? What is an appropriate measure of damages considering $1,000 in the U.S. certainly has a different value in Mexico? This session will develop your ability to handle these questions quickly and properly.

Faculty: Ms. Lynn Coyle

If you have a non-citizen party in one of your civil law cases, it can affect every aspect of the case from…

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.Break
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Special Immigration Issues in Juvenile Law

Special Immigration Issues in Juvenile Law

In this session, Ms. Coyle will switch gears to address immigration problems that occur in juvenile law. She will spend most of the 30 minutes addressing issues surrounding unaccompanied and undocumented minors, such as Petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the role of judges in ensuring undocumented children in CPS care obtain status, and how judges should handle situations of unaccompanied minors who end up in their courtroom and will not be accepted by CPS.
Faculty: Ms. Lynn Coyle
In this session, Ms. Coyle will switch gears to address immigration problems that occur in juvenile law. She will spend most of…
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Immigration Issues in Family Law

Immigration Issues in Family Law

Custody and divorce cases are typically among the most difficult for judges to preside over, but when they are complicated with complex and heart-breaking immigration issues, it can be exponentially more difficult. Marriage, divorce, and child custody cases are often exacerbated by issues of falsified birth certificates and social security numbers, deportation, and parental citizenship. The first 30 minutes of this session will provide an overview of immigration law as it relates to marriage, divorce, custody and adoption. Following the overview, we will have a panel of experts address more specific immigration complexities that occur in family law cases and invite questions from participants.

Faculty: Mr. Albert Armendariz, Jr., Hon. Linda Chew, Hon. Victor Negron, Jr., and Prof. Veronica Thronson

Custody and divorce cases are typically among the most difficult for judges to preside over, but when they are complicated with complex…

Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges

October 11-12, 2012

Reimbursements

Introduction

This conference is governed by the reimbursement policies of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. Meal, travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed by the Texas Center after the conference.

Due DateAll reimbursement claims must be submitted within 60 days of the event.The deadline for submitting reimbursement forms for this program is December 11, 2012. Please allow 30 days (from the day we receive your form) for processing.
ReceiptsReceipts are required for lodging, taxi, parking, shuttle service, and airline tickets (receipts for meals are not required for reimbursement). 
ParkingSelf-parking is available across the street from the Westin Riverwalk for $15 per day. Valet parking is not reimbursable unless special assistance is required.  Please e-mail Patricia Hall at patriciah@yourhonor.com to request reimbursement for valet parking.

Parking receipts are required for reimbursement. 
TransportationThe Texas Center will reimburse your travel expenses for economy airfare or 55 cents per mile for travel by personal automobile. Rental cars must be approved in advance to be eligible for reimbursement. Please e-mail Marlon Drakes at mdrakes@yourhonor.com to request reimbursement for rental cars.
Mileage CalculationSupporting documentation for mileage must include a printout from a mapping website (e.g. Google Maps, MapQuest). In determining mileage you may choose the most cost-effective, reasonably safe, shortest route, the quickest drive time or the safest road conditions between destination points. The printout must be attached to your reimbursement and sufficiently detailed to verify the number of miles. Note: Mileage may not be calculated using only a vehicle odometer reading.
MealsThe Texas Center will reimburse for the actual cost of non-contracted meals up to a maximum of $36 per day. 
LodgingThe single occupancy rate of $106 plus applicable taxes for your hotel room will be reimbursed by the Texas Center for arrival on Wednesday, October 10 and departure on Friday, October 12. Additional room nights, guests, and incidentals are not reimbursable. Please remember District and Appellate Judges are exempt from hotel occupancy tax. County Court at Law Judges are not exempt from hotel taxes.

Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges

October 11-12, 2012

Hotel Information

Westin Riverwalk

420 W Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205

Hotel Website
Desk Phone: (210) 224-6500
Desk Fax: (210) 444-6000

All judges must make their hotel reservations directly with the hotel by September 20, 2012, or until the room block is full. Be sure to mention you will be attending the Immigration Issues for Texas State Trial Judges to receive the conference room rate and be prepared to guarantee your reservation with a credit card. Judges are responsible for payment of all room and incidental charges upon check-out. 

Helpful Information

Hotel Cost$106 per night, single or double occupancy
ParkingParking is available across the street from the Westin in the Market Street Garage for $15 per day.

Participants may request refunds for conference registration and optional activities (e.g. a guest excursion) fees up to seven days prior to a conference to receive a full refund.

Cancellations will not be accepted over the phone. You must submit your cancellation in writing via email, mail or fax. Please allow 30 days to process the refund request.

Please consider donating your conference registration fee as a tax deductible donation in support of our mission, “Judicial Excellence Through Education.”

The registration fee, though voluntary, pays for expenses not legislatively covered by the allotment to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grant.