MBA holds first Criminal / Immigration Law Training Conference

Issue June 2012 By Marc A. D'Antonio, Esq.

For the first time, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Immigration Law Section held an all-day training conference. The May 9 conference offered attendees the opportunity to attend four panel discussions, which included experts who spoke on the effects of criminal conduct on immigration proceedings.

Jeannie Kain and Jennifer Klein -- both lawyers with the Committee for Public Counsel Services' Immigration Impact Unit -- chaired the program, which provided experienced immigration law practitioners, as well as criminal defense attorneys, with the opportunity to learn more about how immigration concerns can impact representations.

"This program was very effective in bringing the criminal and immigration bars together," Kain said. "We made a concerted effort to make sure the programming catered to both the experienced immigration lawyer and those defense attorneys who dabble."