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      March 15, 2019

      Friday   9:00 AM

      87 Haywood Street
      Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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      March 15, 2019 - CLE Event - Asheville, NC

      Please join us for the March 2019 AILA Carolinas CLE. The CLE will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.  There will be a catered lunch and an AILA Carolinas business meeting from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. After CLE Event:  Hi-Wire Brewing has reserved a space for us around 4:30, and they are going to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Stewardship Committee. Location: 2 Huntsman Place, Asheville, NC, 28803. It’s between downtown and Biltmore Village and there is plenty of parking. CLE Agenda 8:30 – 9am       Registration at the US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC 9 – 10am          Hot Topics: The Latest from the Trump Administration Jeremy McKinney and Jennifer Minear - The panelists will discuss the EOIR’s failed backlog reduction plan, the new Form I-539, the plan to take away work authorization for H-4 nonimmigrants, legislative and regulatory updates, and key adjudicatory trends in the field of immigration law. 10 – 12pm        Media Training and Advocacy Belle Woods - This presentation will offer attendees a set of tools to use when seeking to proactively reach out to press or respond to media inquiries, build their online presence through social media platforms, and consider the ethical issues related to sharing client information with the media. 12 – 1pm          Lunch Break & AILA Chapter Business Meeting 1 - 2pm            A Lawyers’ Guide to Understanding Addiction Cathy Killian - A recent national landmark ABA study on attorney mental health is the first to ever bring into sharp focus, with hard data and real numbers, the impact alcohol/drug abuse and other mental health issues are having on this profession.   The research indicated that lawyers have a high rate of substance abuse at approximately twice the rate of the general population, as well as high rates of depression and anxiety. This presentation seeks to improve the understanding of substance abuse and the dynamics of addiction, and the susceptibility of lawyers to this disorder. Accurate information will be provided about the neurological nature of substance abuse/addiction, including the development, symptomology, and the impact on behavior. Guidance and suggestions for dealing with a substance use disorder in themselves or another lawyer will also be provided.     2 – 3pm            Consular Processing: A Discussion of Common Issues and Practical Tips on How to Prevent or Resolve Them Gigi Gardner - This presentation will discuss typical problems encountered when consular processing an immigrant visa abroad and offer practice pointers on how to prevent them from happening in the first place or resolve them as quickly as possible. Topics will include navigating CEAC, consulates with changing evidentiary requirements, waivers of inadmissibility, and preparing your client for the trip there and back. 3 – 4pm            Best Practices to Address Heightened Grounds of Inadmissibility, Including Public Charge and Smuggling Cynthia Aziz and Elizabeth Edwards - The panelists will discuss the proposed public charge rule and how it will this ground of inadmissibility. They will banter about USCIS and the Immigration Courts’ broadening interpretation of certain other grounds of inadmissibility making the process of adjustment of status and providing eligibility for other forms of relief more burdensome for applicants and respondents. Biographies Jeremy McKinney is a North Carolina Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist and founder of McKinney Immigration Law. Jeremy is the current Treasurer on AILA’s national Executive Committee. Previously, he was Secretary, an elected director on AILA’s Board of Governors, chair of AILA’s EOIR and ICE Liaison Committees, chair of Membership, AILA Carolinas Chapter Chair, and a recipient of the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award as part of AILA’s Amicus Committee. Jeremy also served as an Adjunct Professor at Elon University Law School, and as a member of the North Carolina State Bar’s Specialization Committee. He is listed with The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for immigration law. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later received his J.D. from Campbell University Law School. Jennifer Minear is a Director with McCandlish Holton, PC in Richmond, Virginia. Her business immigration practice focuses on physician immigration as well as the representation of other professionals and their employers in employment-based immigration matters. She is a frequent panelist at national and international conferences and CLEs and the author of numerous articles on physician immigration and other topics. A cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School, Jennifer is listed among the Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Attorneys and was named an “Influential Woman of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Jennifer is the 2014 recipient of the Susan Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award and currently serves as First Vice President on the AILA national Executive Committee. Belle Woods serves as Associate Director of Communications for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) national office in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Ms. Woods develops press releases, talking points, opinion pieces and blog posts, PSAs, and other messaging materials. She also handles press inquiries, represents AILA among communications-focused stakeholder groups, disseminates news clips, and coordinates the work of the AILA Media Advocacy and Media Liaison Committees. Ms. Woods holds a MPA from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Cathy Killian is the Clinical Director and Western Clinical Coordinator for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program and has been a counselor in the Charlotte area for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has a BS Degree in Zoology/Pre-Med from NC State University, a BA Degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master of Education in Counseling Degree from Winthrop University. Cathy has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse areas, including inpatient, outpatient, hospital-based and free-standing treatment facilities, Employee Assistance, and private practice. Her area of expertise is with trauma-based disorders, specifically substance abuse and process addictions. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops both locally and nationally on a variety of topics throughout her career and provides clinical supervision on both an individual and facility level. She was a college instructor for 17 years, and a Program Chair for five of those years. Cathy is a former board member for Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, a former board member for the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, former board member for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals, and former president and board member of the Eating Disorders Education Project. Gigi Gardner is the Principal Attorney at Gardner Law, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, a boutique immigration law firm that handles all areas of immigration law, including family-based, employment-based, detention and removal, humanitarian, naturalization and citizenship, employer compliance, and federal litigation. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the AILA Carolinas Chapter and has previously served as New Members Division Co-Chair. In 2018 and 2019, she was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Immigration Law. Born and raised in Clayton, North Carolina, Gigi earned her B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. from Campbell Law. Always a defender of civil liberties and an advocate for the less fortunate, her passion for immigration law was ignited while teaching business English to employees of multi-national corporations in San Jose, Costa Rica and Mexico City. Elizabeth R. Edwards is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.   Licensed in North Carolina in 1995, she has concentrated her practice in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law and was certified as an Immigration Specialist by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization in 2001. She has been admitted to practice before both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She is a past Chapter Chair for the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has previously served as Chair of the North Carolina Immigration Specialization Committee. Cynthia A. Aziz is a North Carolina Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist and founder of Aziz Firm   Cynthia is the currently serving as an AILA liaison to the Charlotte Immigration Court and as Chair of the Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen Stewardship Committee. She has previously served as the Carolinas AILA Chapter Chair. She has served on AILA’s National EOIR Liaison Committee. She was the recipient of the Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen Mentor Award and a recipient of the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award as part of AILA’s Amicus Committee. Cynthia is currently serving a s member of the North Carolina State Bar’s Specialization Committee and has previously served as Chair of the committee. She is listed with Super Lawyers for immigration law. Cynthia graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. from New England School of Law, Boston, MA.

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