Training: Strategies for Litigating Gang Allegations and Gang-based Persecution in the Age of Trump

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Hofstra University School of Law is offering a free training for lawyers and legal service providers on Strategies for Litigating Gang Allegations and Gang-based Persecution in the Age of Trump.

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Room 206 | Hofstra Law School

This half-day CLE will explore the sources and admissibility of gang allegations in immigration cases, and present strategies for addressing these allegations, including both due process issues and discretionary relief. The CLE will also address ethical issues around representation where there are gang-affiliation allegations, and how to fit gang-based persecution into a successful asylum claim. Presenters include lawyers who have been at the forefront of litigating issues around gang allegations and gang-based persecution.

This program qualifies for 3 CLE credit in areas of professional practice and 1 CLE credit in ethics. 


There is NO FEE. An RSVP is required.

Registration deadline: April 18, 2018

For more information, please contact Roni Amit at
or 516-463-4739.


 8:30-9 a.m. | Coffee and Check-In

9-10:15 a.m. | Sources and Admissibility of Gang Allegations
 Immigration Cases

Part 1: Understanding How Gang Allegations Enter Immigration Cases

Speaker: Nermeen Arastu, Talia Peleg, and Maya Leszczynski,
The City University of New York School of Law

Part 2: Challenging the Admissibility of Gang Allegations
and Developments in the Courts

Speaker: Paige AustinStaff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union

10:30-11:45 a.m. | Strategies for Litigating Relief Against Gang Allegations and Gang Persecution

Part 1: Gang Allegations and Discretionary Relief in Immigration Court

Speaker: Stephanie GibbsSupervising Attorney, Safe Passage Project

Part 2: Fitting Gang Persecution into a Successful Asylum Claim

Speaker: Lauris WrenClinical Professor of Law and Attorney-in-Charge, Asylum Clinic, Hofstra Law

Noon-1 p.m. Ethical Issues in Litigating Gang Allegations

Speaker: Theo LiebmannClinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs and Attorney-in-Charge, Youth Advocacy Clinic, Hofstra Law

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in the state of New York.

New York CLE credits are available to satisfy the mandatory, nontransitional requirement for attorneys attending the program.

Lawyers admitted in jurisdictions other than New York should check with those jurisdictions to determine CLE requirements in their states.

For more information regarding CLE contact Judith Black,

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