Representing the Immigrant Client in Criminal Cases

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time

Bring your lunch and join us for in-depth discussions of hot topics, emerging issues, and practice pointers in criminal law. All seminars are worth one credit for attorneys accepting criminal appointments. Some seminars may be worth credit for attorneys accepting juvenile appointments.


Speaker: Russell R. Abrutyn, Esq., Abrutyn Law PLLC


Russell R. Abrutyn


Course Description: In the 2010 case of Padilla v Kentucky, the United State Supreme Court set forth the obligations of defense counsel representing non-citizen clients: criminal defense attorneys have an obligation to advise their clients about the risk of deportation inherent in a guilty plea. Since Padilla, the Supreme Court has ruled on several other cases regarding the rights of immigrant defendants in criminal proceedings. Our speaker, who has appeared in immigration and federal court on behalf of immigrant clients, will present an update on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Padilla v. Kentucky and Jae Lee v. U.S., the right of noncitizen defendants to receive advice about the immigration consequences of a plea and establishing prejudice.
  • HYTA, 7411, and other dispositions in Michigan that are convictions for immigration purposes.
  • Common grounds of removal.
  • Immigration consequences of convictions beyond removal: Adam Walsh Act, admissibility, and naturalization.

This is the first seminar in a ten-part criminal law seminar series. These seminars will be presented later this year:

February 20, 2018     Pre-trial Reform: An Analysis of Local and National Trends
Barbara M. Hankey, M.S.A.; Oakland County Community Corrections

March 20, 2018     Fire Arm Laws and Regulations     
Lt. Mark Stout, West Bloomfield Police Department
April 17, 2018 Trial Tactics: Character Evidence
Jeffrey S. Hall, Esq.; Fried, Saperstien, Abbatt P.C. 
May 15, 2018 Trial Tactics: Cross-Examining a Snitch
Jerome Sabbota, Esq.; Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP 
June 19, 2018 Mastering the Hearsay Rule and Its Exception
Judge David M. Lawson, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
August 21, 2018     Representing the Client with Driver’s License Sanctions 
Judge Derek Meinecke, 44th District Court
September 18, 2018     Accident Reconstruction Reports in Criminal Cases
Timothy P. Robbins, Michigan State Police and M-CRASH Group llc
October 16, 2018 Post-verdict Consquences of a NGBRI or GBMI Plea
James A. Lee, LLMSW, CADC; Reliance Counseling Services, LLC
November 20, 2018  The Intersection of Criminal and Juvenile Law  


Fees: Register before January 15, 2018 for best price!

OCBA Members Pre-Registration – $12 for each seminar or $100 for all ten seminars
OCBA Members At the Door – $25 for each seminar

Non-Members Pre-Registration - $25 for each seminar
Non-Members At the Door - $40 for each seminar

Register at Criminal Brown BagPre-registration is recommended since seating is limited.  Pre-registration for this seminar and for the members-only ten-seminar package ends January 15, 2018. 




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