2022 AILA NE Virtual Conference

19th Annual AILA New England Immigration Law Conference
March 2-4, 2022

The Ever-Evolving Practice of Immigration Law During Covid-19

Not since September 11, 2001 has the practice of immigration law been so impacted by world events. Today, two years into a global pandemic, both lawyers and clients continue to adapt to ongoing challenges, including where and how we work, how we represent our clients, and how we remain zealous advocates in the face of unprecedented uncertainty, delays, and backlogs. Our panelists will offer perspectives and strategies for overcoming these challenges and managing the ever-evolving circumstances we now experience in all areas of immigration law and in all practice settings.

Wednesday 2 March

Day One: Plenary

12:45 – 1:00 PM

Welcome and Introductions
Annelise Araujo, AILA New England Chapter Chair

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Hot Topics and Current Trends in Immigration
Moderator: Annelise Araujo, AILA New England Chapter Chair

  • Allen Orr, AILA President, Washington, DC
  • Emma Winger, American Immigration Council, Staff Attorney
  • Sui Chung, Chair, AILA National EOIR/ICE Joint Liaison Committee

2:00 – 3:00 PM

But It’s Legal! Immigration Consequences of Medical and Recreational

Moderator: Ellen Sullivan, AILA New England Chapter Secretary

  • Leslie Holman, Burlington, VT
  • Mary Kramer, Miami, FL
  • Adam Fine, Boston, MA
  • Form I-693, Possession, Use, Drug Testing and Medical Exams
  • Inadmissibility Issues Arising from Cannabis Use, Industry Employment or Investment
  • Trends in Federal, State and Local Cannabis Laws

3:00 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:15 PM

Ethical Considerations for Remote, Virtual and Paperless Practice
Moderator: Miki Matrician, AILA New England Chapter Treasurer

  • Charity Anastasio, AILA Practice and Ethics Counsel
  • Stacey A.L. Best, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
  • Laura Keeler, Mass LOMAP Practice Management Advisor
  • Ethical Considerations of Remote Work
  • Essential “Must-Haves” and Technological Competence in 2022
  • Leveraging Technology While Mitigating Risks
  • GDPR: Getting to Full Compliance

4:15 – 4:30 PM


4:30 – 5:30 PM

Government Agency Round Table
Moderator: Jeannie Kain, Boston, MA

  • Mary Cheng, EOIR Regional Deputy Chief Immigration Judge
    & Acting Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, Boston, MA
  • Mary Young, Chief Counsel Boston OPLA
  • Eric Geddry, Chief Office, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Denis Riordan, District Director USCIS*
  • Todd Lyons, ICE ERO

*Invited, not confirmed

Thursday 3 March

Day Two: Business Immigration & Agency Updates

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Advanced PERM Issues
Moderator: Josiah Curtis, Member DOL Liaison Committee, Boston, MA

  • Vincent Lau, Chair DOL Liaison Committee, Boston, MA
  • Sarah Peterson, Past Chair DOL Liaison Committee, Minneapolis, MN
  • The New Form 9141 Application for Prevailing Wage Determination
  • Roving and Mobile Workers
  • Crafting Language for Job Opportunities, Requirements and Alien Qualifications

2:00 – 3:00 PM

USCIS Service Center Trends and Challenges
Moderator: Heidi Snyder, Boston, MA

  • Robin O’Donoghue, Chair USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee, Cambridge, MA
  • Kevin Miner, Vice Chair USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee, Atlanta, GA
  • Adjudication Delays, EAD Expedites and Ombudsman Role
  • TNs, H-1B1s, E-3s and Treaty Based Categories
  • Managing L-1 RFEs and Overcoming Denials

3:00 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:15 PM

Material Changes and When to File Amended Petitions
Moderator: William Coffman, Boston, MA

  • Laurie Riccio, Boston, MA
  • Michael Nowlan, Detroit, MI
  • Petitions in Play: H-1B, L-1, E-3, TN and I-140s
  • Corporate Restructuring, Business Reorganization and Changes in Ownership
  • Timing of Filing Amended Petitions and Best Remedial Practices

4:15 – 5:15 PM

Agency Updates
Moderator: Mahsa Khanbabai, DOS Liaison

  • Julio Cortes del Olmo, EOIR Liaison
  • Kira Gagarin, ERO Liaison
  • Robin Nice, USCIS Liaison
  • Zoila Gomez, OCC Liaison
  • Eric Lockwood, CBP Liaison

Friday 4 March

Day Three: Humanitarian and Defense

1:00 – 2:00 PM

First Circuit Update: Noteworthy Decisions and Emerging Trends
Moderator: Greg Romanovsky, Boston, MA

  • SangYeob Kim, ACLU New Hampshire
  • Adriana Lafaille, ACLU Massachusetts
  • Composition of the Court and Recent Judicial Developments
  • Detention, Asylum Equitable Tolling and Other Hot Issues
  • Framing Your Best Argument and Effective Presentation

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Practicing Before the Boston Immigration Court
Moderator: Tania Martinez, EOIR Liaison

  • Melinda Bonacore, Lawrence, MA
  • Stephanie Marzouk, Cambridge, MA
  • Strategies to Deal with Unprecedented Delays at the Court
  • Practice Tips on Contacting and Communication with the Court
  • Dedicated Dockets
  • Update on Current Staffing and Appointments of Immigration Judges at Boston and Hartford

3:00 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:15 PM

TPS: Latest Developments in Temporary Protected Status
Moderator: Anthony Drago, Boston, MA

  • Mary Kenney, National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Boston, MA
  • Tony Marino, Rian Immigrant Center, Boston, MA
  • Susan Roy, AILA NJ Chapter Chair, Princeton Junction, NJ
  • State of Play: TPS Designations, Terminations and Renewals
  • Trends in TPS Adjustment of Status Adjudications
  • Caselaw and Policy Guidance Updates
March 2 12:45 – 5:30 PM ET
March 3 1:00 – 5:15 PM ET
March 4 1:00 – 4:15 PM ET
Virtual Event – Zoom

Registrations are now closed.