The current administration is reshaping immigration law and policy.  The Department of Justice  recently proposed new rules that would allow some immigration appellate judges to make their rulings binding for the entire immigration system.  The proposed change would reportedly give the 21-judge appeals court system more authority to set precedents to fix the current backlog facing immigration courts.   

Since the system’s roughly 400 immigration judges were furloughed during the government shutdown, some 60,000 hearings were canceled and thousands were rescheduled.  Those cases will be added to the system’s backlog, which as of Feb. 1 was reported to be 829,608.  The number of pending cases has been slowly creeping up, as more cases are added to the docket that can be addressed at any given time in the almost 60 immigration courts throughout the country.  

As the Justice Department is on the verge of issuing rule changes that would make it easier for a handful of appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system, this year’s Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Conference offers an excellent opportunity to go beyond the headlines and explore the topic of immigration courts in significant detail with distinguished speakers.  Join the FBA on May 17-18, 2019 in Austin, Texas for the Immigration Law Conference.  Register today at

Various tracks at the upcoming Immigration Law Conference will address: 


The FBA Immigration Law Conference provides practical tools in preparing for appearances for immigration cases before immigration courts as well as federal courts.  Attendees will receive guidance on evidence-based law and policy concerning various topics, including: jurisdictional issues; best practices for litigating in immigration courts; the role of the federal government in immigration court cases; immigration-related federal court litigation; and applications for relief that can be filed in immigration court to prevent deportation.

As today’s rapidly changing political climate impacts the complex maze of immigration law and policy, the FBA Immigration Law Conference provides a critical venue for in-depth discussion on law and topics that are central to immigration law practice and procedure.  

Attendees will have a unique chance to network with attorneys from both inside and outside of the government in a relaxed setting replete with social activities.  This year’s receptions include a Welcome Dinner at the Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas (dinner ticket purchase required); YLD Happy Hour & Immigration Law Section Awards Reception at the Bullock Texas State History Museum; as well as a Closing Reception at The Broken Spoke.

The FBA Immigration Law Conference offers timely law and policy analysis from high-ranking government officials, attorneys, judges, and academics.  Join us for this two full-day, multi-track program at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on May 17-18, 2019. Sign up now at  

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.