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Webinar - Pt. 1: A General Practitioner’s Guide to Representing Immigrants
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Approved for 1.0 hour of non traditional CLE credit in Kansas.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Noon-1:00 PM
Where: From the comfort of your desk
using your computer and phone
Contact: Dawn Phoenix

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Approved for 1.0 hour of non traditional CLE credit in Kansas.


Part 1: How to Address a Client’s Immigration Status

Whether immigrants have legal documents or not, many seek out assistance for a number of legal matters, including family law, criminal, employment and even bankruptcy issues. In any legal matter, general practitioners have an ethical and legal obligation to consider the immigrant’s status in the U.S. and the effect of any actions on their status. The first session will address how to determine and understand an immigrant’s status as well as an attorney’s legal and ethical obligations toward immigrant clients.

  • How to inquire about a potential client’s status
  • What does their status mean
  • When should I seek help from an attorney who focuses on immigration law
  • What are my ethical obligations for immigrant clients
Presented by

Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO
Michael has spent the last 30 years serving the law; first as a law enforcement officer and then as an attorney. The one thing that both his careers have in common is the defense of the vulnerable. In 2002, armed with his law degree from Washburn University, Michael started representing non-citizens in their quest to overcome some of the most complex and draconian laws in American jurisprudence. Little did he know that it would become his calling. Representing clients in matters of removal, immigration benefits, civil litigation, and appeals, Michael has made a name for himself as a fearless advocate for justice. Michael has a list of published court decisions to his name, including Melloui v. Lynch, US Supreme Court, No 13-1034, 2015.

Scott A. Girard, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys At Law LLC, KCMO
Scott has practiced before the Kansas City Immigration Court since February 2014, conducting numerous trials on a variety of immigration issues. Before joining Sharma-Crawford, Scott was an associate for a general practice firm in Manhattan, KS. Scott is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court of Kansas. Scott is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Kansas Bar Association and Missouri Bar Association. Scott was raised in Silver Lake, KS and received his Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in 2009 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.