Upcoming Events

The DHBA is a dynamic organization that provides meaningful opportunities for members to network, gain new knowledge, and to make a difference in the community. Numerous social, pro bono, and educational events are hosted throughout the year. Our annual fund-raiser and awards event is a must-not-miss occasion.

Browse through our events calendar to catch a glimpse of the action. We hope to see you at our next event!

    • Friday, September 08, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dallas Bar Association, Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201

    Event Flyer (PDF)

    Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Immigration Relief for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children

    USCIS Adjudication of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and Immigration Court management of SIJS cases have undergone major changes over the last several months. Attend this CLE and update your knowledge to better serve your clients.

    ***Attendance at this CLE is free. Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch and parking expenses.***

    Free CLE Credit! 1 hour of Ethics Credit

    Part 1: 12 – 1 P.M.

    Introductory Session
    Speakers: Patricia Freshwater (Dallas Hispanic Bar Association); Felix Villalobos (RAICES)

    This session will provide an introduction to special immigrant juvenile status, including family law 101, immigration law 101, and a review of the new USCIS policy manual regarding SIJS cases. This session is designed to be accessible to attorneys both with and without prior immigration law experience.

    Part 2: 1:15 – 3:15 P.M.

    Advanced Issues Related to SIJS
    Speakers: Mayra Jimenez (RAICES); Brandon Roche (CILA)

    This session will cover emerging issues in SIJS practice, with a discussion of trends in USCIS Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and Administrative Appeals Office decisions. It will also discuss the differences in USCIS adjudications of cases for juveniles who are under 18 versus those who are between the ages of 18 and 21. Finally, the session will provide an update on federal court SIJS litigation, discuss the visa bulletin backlog for SIJS cases, and offer strategies on how to address the question of employment authorization for pending SIJS cases. Although this session addresses more advanced issues, it should be accessible to nonimmigration attorneys who attend the introductory session.

    Part 3: 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.

    Ethical Issues in the Current Immigration Enforcement Environment
    Speakers: Marcela Evans (Human Rights Initiative)

    This CLE will provide 1 hour of ethics to attendees. It will cover recent changes in immigration enforcement policy and the ethics challenges they present for attorneys. It will also address questions such as how to handle potential conflicts of interest between SIJS clients and their sponsors, how to answer when a client asks you if he/she should move to avoid immigration authorities, and other issues regarding client communication, informed consent, and providing diligent representation within legal bounds.

    Sponsored by: Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, RAICES, Human Rights Initative, Catholic Charities, & DBA Immigration Law Section

    REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.123contactform.com/form-2859897/EventRegistration-Form

    Please contact Patricia Freshwater with any questions: freshwater@dfwvisa.com

    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201

    Join the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association for its annual event, Noche de Luz, on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Attorneys, judges, and students will gather for the black-tie gala at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to highlight the bar association’s efforts to support educational and diversity initiatives in law through scholarships and diversity pipeline programs.  This year, Hilda Galvan, a partner at Jones Day, will receive the La Luz Award for her contributions to the legal community.

    To sponsor, contact Teresa Guerra Snelson at tguerrasnelson@fjrpllc.com.

    Sponsorship Levels (PDF)

    Sponsor Confirmation Form (PDF)
    Sponsor Confirmation Form (DOCX)

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