Monday, October 21, 2019 (All day) to Friday, October 25, 2019 (All day)

Mennonite Central Committee, in collaboration with Ayodele Gansallo and Judith Bernstein-Baker, the co-authors of Understanding Immigration Law and Practice, is now offering a 40 hour advanced immigration law training. This intensive five-day (40 hour) training is designed for accredited (DOJ) representatives from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognized organizations, immigration case workers, paralegals and attorneys who are already practicing in the field and want to expand their knowledge. It is especially geared for those seeking full accreditation to practice before the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, ICE and CBP), U.S. immigration judges, and the BIA of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The goals of the training will be to:

  1. Develop analytical skills, identifying forms of relief and formulating strategies
  2. Develop research and writing skills
  3. Improve client interviewing and oral advocacy
  4. Learn immigration court procedures
  5. Participate in a mock trial

Substantive areas include grounds of inadmissibility and removal, vulnerable populations, family immigration, cancellation of removal and asylum.  Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams and conduct a mock trial. Previous participation in the 40 hour ILRC basic immigration law training or similar training is a pre-requisite.


  • Non-Profit: $525
  • For-profit or attorney/paralegal: $825

This fee covers registration and materials. Lodging, meals and airport transportation are extra. 

Who can attend?
Preference will be given to staff of not-for-profit agencies. (There is a limited number of spots for private attorneys or paralegals working for private law firms.)

Maximum number of students permitted
No more than 30 students will be admitted. Please register early since we have a limited number of rooms available. Most rooms will be double occupancy. There are a limited number of single rooms.


Please complete the registration form. You must complete the registration form, to arrange lodging, meals, and transportation, along with your full payment, no later than September 20, 2019.