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Lectures

New York Immigration Law Lectures

Bretz & Coven attorneys work hard to change the landscape of immigration law in the United States.  Our peers value our contributions and recognize our hard work by inviting us to speak at lectures and panels.
We appreciate the opportunity to share our efforts and continue to do our best to earn the respect of our clients and the legal community throughout New York and the United States.

Please contact our offices to book us for New York and New Jersey immigration law lectures.

Our attorneys speak on topics related to New York and federal law, how criminal charges affect immigration, and how to help advance U.S. immigration law, so that it serves the needs of immigrants and the U.S.  We speak from a perspective of specific success on federal practice and appeals and waivers.

Immigration Lecture Topics Presented by Bretz & Coven

2017 Immigration Law Lectures

June 12, 2017
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Deportation/Removal Defense and the Immigration Court
New York Law School
Sponsored by NY State Bar Association

May 16, 2017
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Crimes and Punishment
U.S. Immigration Law: Where Are We Now? NYC Live & Webcast
Sponsored by NY State Bar Association

2015 Immigration Law Lectures

January 15, 2015
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Executive Action: Analysis and Practice Pointers
Removals and Waivers
ILW.com Seminar

2014 Immigration Law Lectures

December 5, 2014
Kerry Bretz, Co-Panelist
Immigration and the New Presidential Executive Order
MNN's 59th Street Studios, NYC
Sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel

May 6-7, 2014
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
U.S. Immigration Law in 2014 - Basics and Beyond
Sponsored by NY State Bar Association

March 27, 2014
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v. U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.,
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct, and
Tips and Strategies When Representing Non-citizens in a Criminal Defense
Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Jamaica, New York

March 4, 2014
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v.U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.,
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct, and
Tips and Strategies When Representing Non-citizens in a Criminal Defense
Sponsored by New York Chapter of AILA, Her Justice Office Building

February 19, 2014
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
The Practice of Criminal Defense after Padilla v. U.S. & Chaidez v. U.S.,
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct, and
Tips and Strategies When Representing Non-citizens in a Criminal Defense
Sponsored by Staten Island Bar Association

2013 Immigration Law Lectures

December 19, 2013
Kerry Bretz, Panelist
Immigration Town Hall Meeting, "Time is Now"
Sponsored by NYS Assemblyman Rafael L. Espinal Jr.

October 18, 2013
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Evolution of Padilla: A New Era For Criminal Defense Litigation
Sponsored by NYSBA Committees on Immigration Representation and Continuing Legal Education

March 15, 2013
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Visas A to U, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and other topics
Sponsored by Angolan Consulate, New York City

March 14, 2013
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Visas A to U, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and other topics
Sponsored by Senegalese Consulate, New York City

March 6, 2013
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Protecting The Victims of Violence: Relief Under the Immigration Law
Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Jamaica, New York

2012 Immigration Law Lectures

November 29, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Insights from Key Criminal and Immigration Attorneys on
How Crime can Impact Immigration in 2012
Sponsored by Queens County Bar Association, Jamaica, New York

September 22, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
DREAMers, Criminal Convictions, Green Cards, U.S. Citizenship
Sponsored by Consulate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

September 9, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
DREAMers, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas
Sponsored by Guyanese Consulate, New York City

August 3, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
DREAMers, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas
U.S. Senator Gillibrand’s Office, New York City

July 26, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Deferred Action For DREAMers
Sponsored by Saint Lucian Consulate, New York City

July 13, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Deferred Action For DREAMers
Sponsored by Grenadian Consulate, New York City

July 12, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Deferred Action For DREAMers
Sponsored by Bahamian Consulate, New York City

April 18, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Crimination: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Problems for Noncitizens
Sponsored by the Bahamian Consulate, New York City Less

February 2, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Co-Presenter
Padilla v Kentucky and the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Motions to Reopen
Sponsored by the Immigration & Naturalization Committee, Queens County Bar Association

January 25, 2012
Kerry Bretz, Speaker on Removal and Deportation
Overview of Representation of Non-U.S. Citizens
Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting of New York State Bar Association
Hilton, New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

2011 Immigration Law Lectures

August 17-18, 2011
Kerry Bretz, Co-Speaker & Trainer
Immigration Law Training for Non-Immigration Lawyers
Sponsored by AILA, NY State Bar Association, and Judge Katzmann’s Study Group on Immigrant Representation The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (City Bar Justice Center)

June 15-18, 2011
Kerry Bretz, Panel Leader
Crimmigration: Working with the Criminal Defense Bar and Post-Conviction Motions after Padilla vs. Kentucky
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference
San Diego, California

March 4, 2011
Kerry Bretz, Panel Speaker
Redefining Borders: Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the United States
Sponsored by Rutgers Law Record and The Immigrant Rights Collective
Rutgers School of Law - Newark

2010 Immigration Law Lectures

July 1, 2010
David K. S. Kim, Panel Leader/Speaker
Federal Court “Nuts and Bolts” for the Immigration Practitioner, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

February 20, 2010
David K. S. Kim, Judge
The Fifth Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition
New York University School of Law

October 20, 2010
Kerry William Bretz, Co-Speaker
Advanced Criminal Law Series Part II
Co-sponsored by Queens County Bar Association &
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County

January 4, 2010
Matthew Guadagno, Panelist David K. S. Kim, Moderator
Second Circuit Practice: Updated Rules, Brief Writing, Oral Argument, and Motions for Stays
AILA NY CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING/CLE SEMINAR
Sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee, AILA, NY Chapter Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station

2009 Immigration Law Lectures

September 24, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Speaker
Immigration Law CLE Training For the Deferred Associates’ Program (Discussing Practice Before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Second Circuit)
New York Immigration Coalition and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
New York, New York

August 17, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2009 (Discussing Practice Before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Second Circuit)
Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York

June 5, 2009
David K. S. Kim, Panel Leader/Speaker
Overview of Inadmissibility and Deportability Defenses, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

June 3, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Defeating the Slow Play: District Court Challenges to Unlawful Agency Action: The APA, Declaratory Actions, Habeas, and Mandamus
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association National Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada

April 21, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Training on Petitions for Review to the Second Circuit
Hosted by Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, New York, New York

February 20, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Judge and David K. S. Kim, Judge
The Third Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition
New York University School of Law

January 5, 2009
Matthew L. Guadagno, Panelist
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Second Circuit
AILA NY CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING/CLE SEMINAR
Sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee, AILA, NY Chapter at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station

2008 Immigration Law Lectures

December 13, 2008
Matthew L. Guadagno, Panelist
Removal - a Day in Federal Court
11th Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Symposium at the New York Marriott Marquis

October 7, 2008
Matthew L. Guadagno, Panelist
Federal Court CLE
AILA NY CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING/CLE SEMINAR
Sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee, AILA, NY Chapter at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station

April 15, 2008
Matthew L. Guadagno, Panelist
The Nuts & Bolts of Filing Mandamus Complaints on Adjudication Delays and Petitions for De Novo Review on Naturalization Denials:  A Simple Guide
AILA NY CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING/CLE SEMINAR
Sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee, AILA, NY Chapter at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station

January 7, 2008
Matthew Guadagno, Panelist David K. S. Kim, Moderator
Life in the Second Circuit-Navigating their Rules and Procedures
AILA NY CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING/CLE SEMINAR
Sponsored by the Federal Practice Committee, AILA, NY Chapter Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station

February 22, 2008
Matthew L. Guadagno, Judge David K. S. Kim, Judge
The Third Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition
New York University School of Law


2007 Immigration Law Lectures

December 13, 2007
David K. S. Kim, Panelist (Federal Court Panel)
Yes! I Will Make a Federal Case Out of It
10th Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Symposium
New York Marriott Marquis

September 22, 2007
Kerry William Bretz, Speaker
David K. S. Kim, Speaker
Impact of Immigration Fraud on You and Your Family and How to Avoid It
1st Annual Immigration Law Seminar for the Public
Korean American Association of Greater New York/Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Open Village Townhall, Flushing, NY

March 27, 2007
Jules E. Coven, Speaker
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Dispositions Seminar
The Brooklyn Bar Association

March 26, 2007
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Fighting Crime: A Workshop for Immigration Lawyers Seminar
Immigration Law Weekly

February 26, 2007
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Training on Petitions for Review to the Second Circuit
Hosted by Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP

February 23, 2007
Matthew L. Guadagno, Judge
New York University School of Law Moot Court Board Immigration Law Competition
New York, New York


2006 Immigration Law Lectures

December 13, 2006
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Federal Litigation/Petition for Review 101 Workshop
9th Annual American Immigration Lawyers' Association New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium

November 10, 2006
David K. S. Kim, Judge
Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
Philadelphia, PA

October 19, 2006
Jules E. Coven, Special Guest Speaker
David K. S. Kim, Speaker/Interpreter
KOREAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IN THE U.S.A.
Marriott Hotel at Glenpointe Teaneck, NJ

February 24, 2006
Matthew Guadagno, Judge
New York University School of Law Moot Court Board Immigration Law Competition
New York, New York

February 22, 2006
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Immigration Practice in Federal Courts, How to Get in Under the New Rules (discussing Petitions for Review)
City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education


2005 Immigration Law Lectures

December 8, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Mandamus Actions
8th Annual American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium

November 29, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno et al.
Keeping Out Aliens Who Have Committed Human Rights Abuses & the Fight to Keep Criminal Aliens in (discussing deportation defense after the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY

November 8, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Deportation Defense Strategies: Practical Advise & Aggressive Litigation (discussing INA § 212(c) waiver, INA § 212(h) waiver, Adjustment of Status, and Cancellation of Removal)
The City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education

August 3, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Speaker
Preparing Federal Court Filings: Writs of Mandamus, Habeas Corpus, and Petitions for Review
The Federal Bar Association Empire State Chapter’s 5th Annual Seminar for Criminal and Immigration Attorneys

June 25, 2005
Kerry W. Bretz, Speaker
Breakfast with the Experts Roundtable Discussion: Litigation
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law

June 22, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Post Conviction Relief, Pardons and Private Bills (discussing Post Conviction Relief)
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law

June 9, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Roundtable Discussion Focusing on the Concerns of Immigration Defense Attorneys with the Jurisdictional Changes Made by the Real ID Act
Sponsored by the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

May 2, 2005
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Deportation Defense and Federal Court Update
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Monthly Meeting


2004 Immigration Law Lectures

December 3, 2004
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Asylum and Crimes (discussing the Convention Against Torture)
The 7th Annual American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium

October 26, 2004
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Immigration, Security and Due Process: The Meaning and Impact of Matter of D- J-, 23 I. & N. Dec. 572 (AG 2003)
Sponsored by the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR)
Columbia Law School, New York, NY

June 12, 2004
Jules E. Coven, Speaker
Breakfast with the Experts Roundtable Discussion: Litigation
2004 American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA

June 12, 2004
Kerry W. Bretz, Panelist
Federal Court Litigation Panel
2004 American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA

April 20-21, 2004
Kerry W. Bretz, Speaker
Argentine Consulate, New York, NY

March 24, 2004
Kerry W. Bretz, Speaker
New York State Bar Association Event
New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY

March 14, 2004
Kerry W. Bretz, Speaker
Criminal Convictions and Green Cards
“Law Talk New York”
Manhattan Neighborhood Network: Time Warner Cable Channel 34

March 6, 2004
Kerry W. Bretz, Speaker
Criminal Convictions and Green Cards
“Law Talk New York”
Manhattan Neighborhood Network: Time Warner Cable Channel 34


2003 Immigration Law Lectures

November 18, 2003
Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speaker
Mandamus Actions
The 6th Annual American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium

November 18, 2003
Kerry W. Bretz, Co-Speaker
Deportation
The 6th Annual American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium

June 20, 2003
Jules E. Coven, Discussion Leader
Waivers for Immigrants and Waivers for Bars: “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”
2003 American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

June 2, 2003
Kerry W. Bretz and Matthew L. Guadagno, Co-Speakers
Deportation Defense and Federal Court Update
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association New York Chapter Monthly Meeting

April 14, 2003
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Immigration Law and Crimes
New York County Lawyers’ Association


2002 Immigration Law Lectures

December 9, 2002
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Criminal Law Issues and Federal Practice
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY

July 16, 2002
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Updates on Deportation
New York County Lawyers’ Association

June 2002
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Filing Writs of Habeas Corpus
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, FL

June 2002
Jules E. Coven, Speaker
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA

February 15, 2002
Jules E. Coven, Speaker
Filings Writs of Habeas Corpus and Mandamus
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, FL


2001 Immigration Law Lectures

June 20-24, 2001
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
2001 American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA

May 1, 2001
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Basic Immigration Law
Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY

April 26, 2001
Non-citizens and Federal Prisons
New York Ceremonial Courtroom, Federal Courthouse, New York, NY

March 2, 2001
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
2001 American Immigration Lawyers Litigation Conference
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

February 5, 2001
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Office of Special Projects Appellate Division, New York, NY


2000 Immigration Law Lectures

October 20, 2000
Jules E. Coven, Speaker
Ethical Issues in Immigration Practice
Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY

June 1, 2000
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
2000 American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference
Chicago, IL

May 31, 2000
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Can Your Client be Deported?
Association of the Bar of the City of New York with the Assigned Counsel Plan of New York City and the New York State Defenders Association
Queens Supreme Court, New York, NY

May 17, 2000
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Can Your Client be Deported?
Association of the Bar of the City of New York with the Assigned Counsel Plan of New York City and the New York State Defenders Association
Bronx Supreme Court, New York, NY

May 10, 2000
Kerry Bretz, Speaker
Can Your Client be Deported?
Association of the Bar of the City of New York with the Assigned Counsel Plan of New York City and the New York State Defenders Association
Brooklyn Supreme Court, New York, NY

Call 1 (212) 267-2555 to schedule New York immigration law lectures.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.

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