8:30 - 8:55 am

Registration (2nd Floor Lobby)

9:00 - 9:30 am

Greetings (The Belson Moot Court Room, 2nd Floor)

Hon. Shirley Troutman, Co-chair, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission Associate Justice, Appellate Division Fourth Department

Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law, Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights

Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of State of New York

Hon. Troy K. Webber, Co-chair, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, Associate Justice, Appellate Division First Department

9:30 - 10:25 am

Keynote Speaker

Jeh C. Johnson, Esq., Partner, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security with the Obama Administration

10:25 am - 10:35 am Break
10:35 - 11:30 am

Implicit Bias and Immigration • How Implicit Bias Plays a Pivotal Role in Immigration Policies (1.0 CLE Diversity & Inclusion)

Mirna Martinez Santiago, Esq. – Deputy Counsel, Acacia Network, Inc.

11:30 - 12:45 pm

Youth/Family Law & Immigration (1.5 CLE Professional Practice)

DACA • Separation of Families • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (Family Court)

Introduction by Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, Criminal Term

Immigrants who appear before New York State courts are contending with some of the harshest federal immigration policies in decades. How these policies impact, and are impacted by, what happens in State courts is of vital concern to the immigrants appearing before these Courts, as well as to jurists and practitioners. Discussion will center on the Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court and the resources it has made available for jurists and practitioners; the various ways – good and bad – that immigration proceedings are impacted by what happens in State courts; and the broader context of how anti-immigrant sentiment impacts communities, and the services available.


Hon. Richard Rivera, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Supervising Judge Domestic Violence and Mentor Courts 3rd JD


Hon. Edwina Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Office for Justice Initiatives

Wayne Ho, President & CEO, Chinese-American Planning Council

Theo Liebman, Esq., Clinical Professor/Attorney in Charge, Hofstra Youth Advocacy Clinic, Hofstra Law School

12:45 - 1:25 pm Lunch (Ground Floor Solarium)
1:30 - 2:50 pm

Criminal Law & Immigration • Collateral Consequences of Deportation • CPL 220.50 (7) Jury Trial for B Misdemeanors • Padilla • Peque (1.5 CLE Professional Practice)

Introduction by Paul Kenny Esq., Chief Clerk, Appellate Term, Second Dept

The panel will explore the intersection between U.S. immigration and criminal law and will introduce the consequences triggered by criminal court matters. It will also review the development of case law following the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky and the New York Court of Appeals’ decision in People v. Peque. This session will also provide an overview of the recent development in New York State legislation and changes in federal immigration policies and practices that impact the representation of immigrants within the criminal justice system.


Sheldon A. Evans, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law


JoJo Annobil, Esq., Executive Director for the Immigrant Justice Corps

Joanne Macri, Esq., Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services

Ward J. Oliver, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, Legal Aid Society

2:55 - 4:35 pm

Understanding the Issue of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (1.0 CLE Professional Practice and 1.0 CLE Ethics)

This panel will cover both the foundational aspects and recent case law developments regarding asylum and refugee law, with a special focus on how it relates to “race” and ethnicity, “religion,” “nationality,” “political opinion” and “particular social groups” and the ethical considerations in representing and/ or advocating on behalf of an asylum seeker or refugee. Practitioners will discuss their legal experience bringing these cases forward, including key differences, current challenges and comparisons to other crises, as well as implications of recent policy changes at the federal level.


Jon L. Dueltgen, Esq., Office of Court Administration, Assoc. Labor Relations Attorney


Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Esq., Duane Morris

Lara Finkbeiner, Esq., Deputy Legal Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

Katherine Reisner, Esq., Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Suliman Salman, DMD

4:35 - 4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Joyce Y Hartsfield, Executive Director, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission

Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law, Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights

4:50 - 5:20 pm Speed Mentoring for Students from the Ronald H. Brown Center Civil Rights (Cafeteria Ground Floor)
  Reception to Follow (Ground Floor Solarium)