Certified Attorneys of the Day

Certified AODs Needed for Remote Consultations

If you are a certified AOD and have time to offer pro bono consultations to respondents in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court, click here to sign up.  Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail with materials, as well as a video link to a recorded webinar with instructions on how to conduct remote consultations for the AOD Program.


RECENT ATTORNEY OF THE DAY TRAININGS AND ADVISALS

Trauma Informed Practice with Immigrants, PTSD and its Symptoms, and How to Work with Clients that Exhibit Them

This training provides immigration practitioners with a comprehensive definition of PTSD and encourage attorneys to have a compassionate understanding of PTSD and how their clients might exhibit its symptoms. The panelists provide attorneys with practice pointers to make the attorney/client relationship easier. For example, what to do when your client is experiencing flashbacks during a meeting and becomes very emotional, how to work with a client that has difficulty remembering dates or important events, strategies for working with a client that is distrustful of their attorney and demands constant reassurance, validating your clients' feelings without diving into a therapist role, among other important topics. 


THE THIRD COUNTRY TRANSIT BAR: LITIGATION UPDATE AND STRATEGIES FOR ADVOCATES, 7/22/2020

Presenters:  Annie Daher and Sayoni Maitra, Staff Attorneys for Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

The Third Country Transit Bar (Transit Bar) is a regulatory bar to asylum for individuals who transit a third country before reaching the southern U.S. border without having applied for and received a denial of protection in at least one transit country. Two different courts have recently found the Transit Bar invalid, but litigation remains ongoing. This webinar recording provides an overview of the Transit Bar, address the status of litigation challenges, and highlight potential strategies for representing asylum seekers who have been or may be subject to the bar. 

Attorneys may fill out a form (click button to the right) to request the webinar recording.


ATTORNEY OF THE DAY ON THE DETAINED DOCKETS: UPDATES AND TIPS DURING THE PANDEMIC, 7/30/2020

Presenters: Valerie Zukin, Special Projects Attorney for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Katie Kavanagh, Interim Legal Director and Lead Rapid Response Attorney for the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice.

The webinar recording focuses on changes to the detained dockets during the pandemic (including logistics and IJs), issue-spotting for detained consultations (in particular for individuals with aggravated felony convictions), avenues for release during the pandemic (including local updates regarding Zepeda Rivas v. JenningsFraihat v. ICE, Casas-Castrillon v. Dep’t of Homeland Security, and Aleman Gonzalez v. Barr), and the most critical legal resources for detained AODs to have on hand.

Certified AODs may request access to the webinar, PPT slides, and materials by emailing aod@sfbar.org.


EFFECTIVELY SCREENING FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, 6/30/2020

Presenter:  Aradhana Tiwari, Staff Attorney for the Anti-Trafficking Project at Dolores Street Community Services

This training focuses on (1) Clarifying myths about human trafficking; (2) Identifying labor exploitation and labor trafficking; (3) Learning the broad range of legal remedies available to survivors of trafficking; and (4) Understanding the more subtle ways in which traffickers force, defraud, and coerce survivors into forced labor situations. 

Attorneys may request a copy of the presentation slides for this training by emailing aod@sfbar.org.


DRAFTING ASYLUM DECLARATIONS IN THE COVID-19 ERA, 6/29/2020

This training focuses on drafting declarations for asylum applicants while working remotely. The training provides a review of the essential elements of any asylum declaration, as well as practice tips relating to fact-gathering, working with children, and effective communication with clients.

Attorneys may request access to the webinar and PowerPoint slides for this training by emailing aod@sfbar.org


AOD program materials

Non-Detained AOD Handbook

Handbook for adult and juvenile non-detained dockets


Detained AOD Handbook

Handbook for detained dockets


AOD Annual Update Form

Annual update form required to be submitted by Feb 1


Courtroom Directory for 100 Montgomery and 630 Sansome

Non-Detained AOD Intake Form

Detained AOD Intake Form