Criminal Defense Strategies When Representing Foreign Nationals: Understanding the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 3.0 (VIDC Information)
Price: $189 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 3/31/20


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the March 2017 webcast, Criminal Defense Strategies When Representing Foreign Nationals: Understanding the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions.

Topics covered include:

  • Review the basic framework of the Immigration Law system, how it intersects with the criminal justice system and the classification of Virginia crimes for immigration purposes
  • Learn the most updated categorical analysis available under current case law in order to understand why crimes are classified the way they are for immigration purposes
  • Receive tips and strategies for crafting immigration-friendly pleas and how to work with Judges and the Commonwealth Attorneys’ office to achieve the best outcomes for your clients, and MUCH MORE!

This course will provide criminal defense attorneys with a basic understanding of the immigration consequences of crimes so that they are providing the best overall representation for their clients’ criminal cases while preserving immigration status; and are compliant with the law pursuant to Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010).

You will have the rare opportunity to receive the most updated information on the immigration consequences of Virginia crimes from the various perspectives of the General District Court Bench, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and experienced immigration practitioners – all on one panel.

This course is not a substitute for consulting with experienced immigration law practitioners who are most familiar with the nuances of immigration law and how to research it. However, it provides criminal defense counsel with a solid understanding of the intersection of the criminal justice system with immigration so that criminal defense attorneys are better able to undertake: issue-spotting critical aspects of their defense strategy, deciding the timing of certain decisions (such as whether a client should bond out of criminal custody); representing less complicated criminal cases without consulting immigration counsel; and, far more complicated criminal issues, effectively working with immigration counsel to achieve the best overall criminal and immigration outcome for the client.




Hon. William E. Jarvis, Prince William General District Court / Manassas (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Hon. William E. Jarvis is a district court judge for the 31st Judicial District in Virginia. He was elected to the court by the Virginia General Assembly in May 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law. Before he became a judge, he served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Prince William County, Virginia. Prior to that, he was assistant State Attorney in Ocala, Florida, where he prosecuted Felony Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence dockets, and was a member of Child Advocacy Center Interdisciplinary Team and Advisory Board.

D. Bradley Marshall, Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney's Office / Manassas (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Bradley Marshall has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Prince William County since 2009, where he specializes in prosecuting criminal street gang cases, violent crimes, firearms offenses, as well as myriad other criminal offenses, and focuses on litigating 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment issues. Brad is the President-Elect of the Prince William County Bar Association, having served on its Board of Directors for two years prior. He is also in his second term on the Board of the PWC Bar Foundation. Brad is the Chairman of the Community Criminal Justice Board, a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of SERVE, a member of the Board of the Greater Prince William Food Council, a past-Board member of the PWC Committee of 100, and is Past-President and Past-Treasurer of the Manassas Battlefield Kiwanis Club. Brad is heavily involved in criminal justice reform at the local and state level, serving on the local Evidence-Based Decision Making Policy Committee, is a member of the local DIVERT Committee on the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and helped establish and implement PWC's Mental Health Docket, on which he still serves. Brad received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University. Brad is a graduate of Leadership Prince William, received the Potomac Local Forty Under 40 Award in 2014, and received the County Executive Award for 2015.

Alexandra Ribe, Immigrants First, PLLC / Manassas (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Alexandra Ribe, Esq. is a partner at Immigrants First, PLLC, an immigration law firm that focuses on removal defense, family based petitions, and human rights based petitions. Ms. Ribe received her J.D. American University, Washington College of Law and she has since devoted her career to representing foreign nationals before various immigration courts and government agencies. She has worked in both non-profit and private practice settings before joining Immigrants First, PLLC in September of 2013. Ms. Ribe now specializes in defending immigrants with criminal convictions. Ms. Ribe is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association and the current present of the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorney’s Association.

Lisa Johnson-Firth, Immigrants First, PLLC / Manassas (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Lisa Johnson-Firth is founder and managing partner of Immigrants First, PLLC, an immigration law firm that provides representation on removal defense, the intersection of criminal and immigration law, and family and human rights-based matters. Prior to Immigrants First, Ms. Johnson-Firth was the director of legal services at Tahirih Justice Center for immigrant women and children. She started her career in law 20 years ago as an international corporate lawyer, and began her focus on immigration law 14 years ago through her pro bono asylum representation of clients. She is an adjunct professor of immigration law at Georgetown University Law Center and sits on the boards of the Centerville Labor Resource Center, and BEACON, an adult ESL program run by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. Ms. Johnson-Firth received her BA from Allegheny College; her LL.B. from the University of Sheffield, England and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

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