Course DescriptionImmigration lawyers must contend with the possibility that extreme hardship petitions may be denied by the USCIS. In this seminar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Attorney with experience in criminal mitigation and immigration representation, Mark Silver will highlight and discuss the major reasons for denials of extreme hardship petitions by the USCIS.
Mr. Silver will then instruct attorneys how to analyze these denials and subsequently employ best practices in efforts to overcome the related obstacles. Further, Mr. Silver will advise how attorneys can respond to denials through the advocacy of the psychosocial forensic experts working in conjunction with immigration lawyers.
I. Anticipate and mitigate denials in extreme hardship petitions
II. Respond to anticipated denials through proactive measures and interventions
III. Leverage the advocacy of a psychosocial forensic expert
IV. Benefit from psychosocial forensic expertise in responding to petition denials
Length: 1hr 5min
- Sarah W.
- Cia B.
- Roger A.
- Lori G.
Meet the Lecturer(s)
MARK S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases.