Northern California Chapter, The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and The Practising Law Institute present:
Attorneys may attend this training in person or participate via live webcast. Please join us for this FREE CLE which will discuss:
· Who Is Eligible for Bond Hearings Initially? How to determine initial bond or conditional parole eligibility based on the client’s immigration history and criminal background, including Matter of Joseph hearings, and how to request a bond hearing for your client.
· Who Is Eligible for Bond Proceedings Once Detention Is Prolonged? How to determine eligibility after the Supreme Court’s February 27, 2018 opinion in Jennings v. Rodriguez and how to obtain a prolonged detention bond hearing for your client.
· How to Prepare for a Bond Hearing? General mechanics and tips on preparing clients and witnesses for custody hearings and the different burdens of proof for initial bond hearings and prolonged detention bond hearings.
Christina Lee is a founding partner at Becker & Lee LLP. She received her law degree, JD, from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2003, and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Christina has represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit. She has also represented many clients in Federal District Court filing mandamus lawsuits against the U.S. government. Including removal defense, Christina has experience in asylum, employment based immigration, family based immigration, naturalization applications, hardship and criminal waivers, consular processing, and representing victims of abuse, crimes and human trafficking.
Christina currently serves as the EOIR co-liaison to the San Francisco Immigration Court for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Council. Her past roles on the Council have included co-coordinator for the Young Lawyer’s Division and as the Advocacy co-coordinator where she organized local and national meetings in D.C. with Congressional representatives to advocate for immigration reform. She is currently a council member of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic Alumni Council (ILCAC). Since 2013, Christina has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars list for immigration law.
Christina is a mentor attorney and regular panel speaker for the pro bono asylum program of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), and a volunteer attorney with Centro Legal de la Raza and the Asian Law Caucus, immigration detention mentor for Pangea Legal Services, and serves “Of Counsel” to the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) for their pro bono asylum cases.
She also served on the Advisory Board to the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ) which released its October 2014 Study: “Access to Justice for Immigrant Families and Communities: Study of Legal Representation of Detained Immigrants in Northern California,” authored by Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She is also currently part of NCCIJ which is working to obtain universal representation for detained clients.
Christina is the daughter of Korean immigrants – she is fluent in conversational Korean.
Lisa Knox joined Centro Legal in February 2016 as an immigration attorney. She focuses on deportation defense, in particular for immigrants in detention. Lisa previously practiced immigration law at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco, where she worked on deportation defense, asylum and family-based immigration matters. She has also worked on impact litigation relating to immigrants’ rights at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and as a clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center. Lisa received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a board member of the National Lawyers Guild, SF Bay Area Chapter.
Alison Pennington is an Immigration Supervising Staff Attorney at Centro Legal and focuses on appellate and impact litigation. Alison has worked for over a decade in the area of immigration, primarily concentrating on removal defense and detention. She previously worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Transgender Law Center and Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. She was also a Staff Attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where she worked exclusively on the court’s immigration docket. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Valerie Anne Zukin received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Haverford College in 2002.
In February 2017, Valerie Anne Zukin started as the Lead Attorney Coordinator for the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (“NCCIJ”), at the Justice & Diversity Center (“JDC”) of The Bar Association of San Francisco. In this capacity, she serves as a regional coordinator for pro bono detained representation efforts in Northern California, including the JDC’s Attorney of the Day pro bono assistance program, provides technical assistance to pro bono attorneys, is involved with rapid response efforts, and is working with regional and national partners towards universal representation for all individuals in immigration detention.
During the past nine-and-a-half years, Ms. Zukin has represented immigrants before various Immigration Courts in California, Washington, Nevada, and Illinois, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the Northern District of California, USCIS, ICE, CBP, and the Department of State. Her wide-ranging practice has included matters such as removal defense, affirmative asylum-related and family-based benefits applications, consular processing, waivers, deferred inspections interviews, mandamus actions, petitions for review, advice to noncitizens and their criminal attorneys regarding the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions, and domestic violence related applications for benefits and relief from removal.
From 2011 through March 2017, Ms. Zukin worked for Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP (VBN). During her tenure at VBN, Ms. Zukin was an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Northern California Chapter, including serving as the liaison with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Francisco. In addition, she was an attorney mentor for pro bono attorneys representing immigrants in asylum-related cases and U nonimmigrant status petitions through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Community Legal Services for East Palo Alto. She also volunteered as Attorney of the Day through the Bar Association of San Francisco, assisting unrepresented detained individuals in removal proceedings.
Prior to joining VBN, Ms. Zukin was a staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma, Washington from 2007 through 2011. At NWIRP, in addition to providing direct representation to individuals in immigration custody, Ms. Zukin provided legal assistance to hundreds of pro se detainees. While practicing in Washington, Ms. Zukin served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Northwest Detention Center Roundtable during its transition from a community coalition to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.