“I have really enjoyed the Immigration Law Conference.  It gives people an idea of what they are supposed to be doing.  We want to train people about what immigration law is and how to best represent clients.” – Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens

Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens, Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section, is full of praise for the FBA and the Immigration Law Conference, which continues on its expansive, successful trajectory.  “For the past few years, we’ve had two full days of programming and almost 50 individual CLE courses.”  This year, the FBA’s Immigration Law Conference is bursting with possibilities and new opportunities for those interested in immigration jurisprudence.  Sign up now at www.fedbar.org/immlaw19 to attend the valuable (and valued) Immigration Law Conference in Austin, Texas on May 17-18, 2019!

Immigration law is always changing, and because there is always something new going on it is imperative for practitioners and judges to keep abreast of the latest developments.  As Stevens explains: “We’ve always tried to pull together people from all walks of the immigration bar.  This conference is a chance to talk to a variety of people and get a good foundation in the law.”

Attendees can also look forward to a cornucopia of social as well as networking events taking place in the heart of Austin.  “Friday night we’re having an awards reception at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which is close to the hotel and a fabulous museum.  Attendees of the conference will have full access to wander around the museum and take in all the exhibits,” enthuses Stevens.  On Saturday afternoon, “Ira J. Kurzban  will deliver the Keynote Luncheon address and then on Saturday night we’re going to the great Texas bar The Broken Spoke to enjoy line dancing,” remarks Stevens.

Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens, Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section

“The Immigration Law Conference isn’t just an A-to-Z guide but procedures, rules and law, due process, constitutional law, family law, tax law, and employment law.  We will have something that applies to what lawyers are doing or what they want to do,” extols Stevens.  

The conference on May 17-18, 2019 will provide essential tools for novice immigration lawyers as well as experienced practitioners.  Different CLE tracks include how to prepare cases, what are the basics to look at, three ethics panels, hot topics, new requirements to be aware of, and panels regarding the various types of government fields and what new policies and programs are being put out there.  This year’s conference includes an impressive group of speakers and representatives from ICE, USCIS executives, and the State Department.  

For those looking to gain even more exposure and perspective about a particular immigration law topic, Stevens notes that the conference has “breakout rooms where people can talk in-depth to panelists.  There are lots of places for people to sit down and chat with a new acquaintance, an old friend, or a speaker.” 

Join Betty Stevens at the Immigration Law Conference this May in Austin!  We look forward to a great time at the conference in Texas on May 17-18, 2019.  Register today at www.fedbar.org/immlaw19.

About Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens:  In 2018, Elizabeth (Betty) Stevens agreed to join the Poarch Law Firm in an “of counsel” capacity.  Her primary areas of expertise are citizenship law, immigration agency processes, immigration detention, and litigation of immigration-related issues in the U.S. Court system.

Ms. Stevens received her J.D. magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law in 2001, and a B.S. in the Arabic Languages from Georgetown University.  Ms. Stevens is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, and currently serves as Chair of the FBA’s Immigration Law Section. In that capacity, she has assisted in drafting and refining the FBA’s Article I immigration court proposal.

From 2008 to December 2016, Ms. Stevens served as an Assistant Director with the Office of Immigration Litigation’s (OIL) District Court Section. In this capacity, Ms. Stevens became OIL’s go-to person on class actions, derivative citizenship, naturalization delays, worksite enforcement, visa and visa petition processing, retroactivity issues, pre-final order detention, and the reinstatement process, earning three Civil Division Special Commendation Awards.  Before her promotion to Assistant Director, Ms. Stevens worked on all phases of litigation in the U.S. Courts, including the defense of petitions for review in the courts of appeals, class action defense, and individual cases in litigation. Before she joined OIL in 2005, Ms. Stevens served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, the Arlington Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has also worked in the U.S. Embassy consular sections in Greece and Ethiopia, the U.S. Passport Office, and private immigration law firms.  

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.