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How to Prepare for a Bond Hearing?

Recorded on: Jun. 28, 2018
Running Time: 00:59:50

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Taken from the Web Program Bond Basics and Prolonged Detention Bond Proceedings in the Ninth Circuit, Including Updates Since Jennings v. Rodriguez Recorded June, 2018 in San Francisco [00:59:50]

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.

This panel will focus on how to best advocate for clients to be released on bond or conditional parole. In preparing for a bond hearing, it is important to meet directly with the client beforehand to adequately prepare him or her for testimony.  Additionally, supporting documents should be gathered for the detained client, including letters of support, proof of status of family members, and proof that a client will be entering into a rehabilitation program, depending on the circumstances of the case.  Aside from working with the client directly, as well as the client’s family members, other factors to consider are having pre-trial discussions with the Office of the Chief Counsel, preparing a witness list, and establishing a record for appeal.  This part of the panel will review the nuts and bolts of presenting a strong case during custody hearings, and also discuss what the immigration judge wants to know and will weigh as factors in determining whether your client will receive bond. The panel will also touch on hot topics including: what to do when your client has pending criminal charges, how to object to police reports, how to best advocate for clients with DUIs after Matter of Siniauskas, 27 I&N Dec. 207 (BIA 2018), and how to best present evidence of your client’s ability to pay after Hernandez v. Sessions, 872 F.3d 976 (9th Cir. 2017). There will also be a discussion regarding issues to consider in the context of pro bono representation.
Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee

12:25 Adjourn
Presentation Material

  • How to Prepare for a Bond Hearing? (PowerPoint slides)
    Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee
  • Sample Motion for Release on Conditional Parole or Alternatively to Set a Bond at $1500
    Monica Oca Howell, Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee
  • Index of Exhibits
    Monica Oca Howell, Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee
  • Sample Motion for a Bond Hearing Based on Changed Circumstances
    Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee, Valerie Anne Zukin
  • Practice Advisory - Bond Hearings and Ability-to-Pay Determinations in the Ninth Circuit Under Hernandez v. Sessions, October 2017, ACLU Southern California
    Lisa Knox, Christina H. Lee
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      Lisa Knox ~ Immigration Managing Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza
      Christina H. Lee ~ Founding Partner, Becker & Lee LLP
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