C: Crimmigration law describes the convergence of criminal law and procedure with immigration law and procedure.

R: Recognize the importance of the study of crimmigration. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held that criminal defense attorneys are obligated to advise their non-citizen clients about the immigration consequences of guilty pleas. Previously, defense attorneys were under no compulsion to inform clients about the downstream consequences of a conviction. As a result of the ruling in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, defense attorneys were thrust into the world of crimmigration law, and clients must be made aware of the possibility of deportation before making a guilty plea.

I: Immigration Law Conference May 12-13 in Denver, Colorado will study the merging of immigration law and policy with criminal law. Register today at www.fedbar.org/ImmLaw17 to save with early bird rates.

M: Mindfulness carries the day: Criminal defense attorneys must be mindful of the intricacies of immigration law, and be mindful of the simple changes that could save their client’s future opportunity to obtain a green card or other immigration relief.

M: Minor crimes may impact immigration status.  While deportation is an especially harsh consequence of pleading guilty to, in many cases, a relatively petty crime, it happens with regularity.

I: Immigration-related offenses comprise around 40 percent of federal criminal cases. Therefore, competent representation requires a sound understanding of both criminal and immigration law in formulating a defense.

G: Gain firsthand insight into how criminal law practice and immigration law practice have a symbiotic relationship. This is particularly the case for criminal defense attorneys at the pretrial phase since, as Padilla presumes, knowledge that a conviction will lead to deportation might very well impel a defendant to go to trial rather than plead guilty.

R: Real-world examples and case studies will be studied at the Immigration Law Conference held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center.

A: Analyzing how a criminal plea or alternatives may help or hinder an immigrant’s status and possible deportation will give conference attendees assistance in implementing key tools into their daily practice.

T: Traditionally, criminal law and immigration law were taught as two mutually exclusive areas. Today, as a result of the political and legal developments surrounding immigration, the two disciplines together have become a distinctive field of legal practice.

I: Immigration enforcement strategies that have been proposed by the new presidential administration establish that the time is ripe for an examination of immigration consequences of criminal activity and how the deportation method works as a form of crime control.

O: Options are available to serve one’s client.  It may be unreasonable to expect that criminal defense attorneys, who may be experts in their field, will also be fully familiar with immigration statutes and case law. As a result, conference speakers will describe contemporary policing and immigration law.

N: Navigate the impact of criminal activity on one’s ability to remain in the U.S. and how the criminal justice system takes into account immigration status. Sign up today for the Immigration Law Conference at www.fedbar.org/ImmLaw17!


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.