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Federal Practice – Immigration Litigation Part II 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-05-29 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-05-29 20:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Immigration

$249.00 ["ProPass"]

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PBA’s Federal Practice Committee and Immigration Law Committee has sent their best to construct this CLE.

Our esteemed faculty picks up where they left off in Novembers’ Part I, available on demand HERE .  This CLE will focus on litigating immigration cases involving criminal convictions before the Third Circuit.  The panelists will discuss how to identify all appellate issues, discuss how to apply the categorical and modified categorical approach, and how to properly analyze state and federal statutes as they relate to immigration cases.  The course will wrap up with a review of recent cases with Judge Fisher. 

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book.

Recorded in May 2023.


Thomas Griffin Esq.

Mr. Griffin is a founding partner of Surin & Griffin, P.C. He specializes in deportation defense and administrative and federal appellate work for non-citizens. In recent years, Mr. Griffin has complemented his practice as an adjunct professor of Human Rights at Drexel University School of Law, an election observer in El Salvador, and as a human rights investigator in Haiti and Mexico. Prior to becoming an immigration lawyer, he was an associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, where he practiced white-collar criminal defense and coordinated the firm’s pro bono political asylum program. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Griffin spent 10 years as a Federal Probation and Parole Officer, working in the federal courts in New York City and Massachusetts. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, his M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and his A.B. in Sociology and Spanish from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Griffin is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Wayne Sachs Esq.

Mr. Sachs is a founding partner of Sachs Law Group LLC in Philadelphia. He is a recognized expert in the intersection of criminal and immigration law, commonly referred to as “crimmigration”. He is frequently sought out for consultation and referrals by criminal defense counsel who represent foreign-born defendants seeking analysis of immigration law consequences. Likewise, he is a sought-after resource for immigration law practitioners seeking to avoid or ameliorate immigration consequences by fashioning plea agreements, advocating for a deportation-safe sentences, and post-conviction litigation. Mr. Sachs has been appointed as expert immigration counsel by the United States District Court under the Criminal Justice Act and has also testified in state court as an expert witness in the area of immigration law. He is frequently called on by his peers to provide instruction at seminars designed to train other lawyers how to effectively represent clients before the criminal and immigration courts, and has been a guest speaker at Bar Associations and law schools throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Sachs received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School before working at the Defender Association of Philadelphia (1983-1991) and has been in private practice since 1992.

Mark Harley Esq.

Mr. Harley is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP and has represented individuals and businesses throughout the country in all areas of immigration law for more than a decade. A former Congressional aide whose focus was constituent service, he knows how to work with the U.S. Government to solve complex immigration issues. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Mr. Harley was a name partner at a boutique immigration law firm in Pittsburgh. He was also previously a law clerk for the late T. Modibo Ocran, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana and professor of law at the University of Akron, Ohio. Active in community issues, he has trained pro bono lawyers to represent foreign nationals, volunteered to provide pro bono advice as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Citizenship Day efforts & Served as a juror for high school mock trial competitions. Mr. Harley has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in immigration law (2012-2013). He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Geneva College in 2001, and a J.D. from University of Akron School of Law in 2004.

Raymond Lahoud Esq.

Mr. Lahoud, chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice, focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.  His knowledge of EB-5 rules and policies allows him to work closely with real estate developers, brokers, attorneys, regional centers, and foreign investors as well as other experts to assemble an approvable EB-5 project. While Mr. Lahoud’s immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

D. Michael Fisher

Judge Fisher was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in December 2003. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as Attorney General of Pennsylvania having been elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Judge Fisher argued major cases in state and federal appellate courts and in March 1998, he successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court a precedent-setting case ensuring that paroled criminals meet the conditions of their release. Before his election as Attorney General, Judge Fisher was in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, serving six years in the State House and 16 years in the State Senate. He began his legal career as an Assistant DA in Pittsburgh following his graduation from Georgetown University and its Law Center where he was honored in 2023 as the recipient of The William Gaston Award for service and leadership. He continued to practice law during his career in the General Assembly and was a shareholder or partner in various firms, including Houston Harbaugh. Judge Fisher chaired the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the U.S. Judicial Conference and chairs the PA Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee. In 2017 Judge Fisher assumed Senior Status on the 3rd Circuit and was named as the Initial Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Pitt Law where he continues to teach Federal Appellate Advocacy and Federal Courts.

Rosina Stambaugh Esq.

Before she started The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh in York, Ms. Stambaugh was an associate at The Law Office of Christopher A. Ferro, LLC, where she handled the firm’s immigration services and a variety of criminal cases, many of which included complex immigration issues. She focuses her practice on removal defense in the detained and non-detained settings. Ms. Stambaugh has extensive experience with all forms of relief from removal and has successfully litigated cases in different Immigration Courts throughout the U.S., the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Ms. Stambaugh understands the importance of immigration and its effects on all aspects of a person’s life. Ms. Stambaugh is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), the PBA Immigration Law Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Unauthorized Practice of Law and Immigration Law Committees and the York County Bar Association (YCBA). Ms. Stambaugh is also a member of the York County Bar Association Board of Directors. Ms. Stambaugh is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Stambaugh was selected as a Rising Star for 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Super Lawyers for immigration law in Pennsylvania. She also was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2017 as well as the York County Bar association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2020. In 2016, she received the Light of Liberty Attorney of the Year by the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), and she was selected as a Susquehanna Valley’s Select Lawyer for Immigration Law  in York in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Stambaugh received her B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, where she received the Nancy & Howard Finkelman Scholarship, awarded to deserving, advanced-standing and extended-division students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence in the area of trial advocacy. While attending Widener, Ms. Stambaugh worked full-time at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) as a legal secretary and a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative. She worked with the detained immigration population at the York County Prison and represented several immigrants going through removal proceedings at the York Immigration Court. Ms. Stambaugh was also a legal volunteer intern at the York Immigration Court, where she provided legal research and writing assistance to the immigration judges. Ms. Stambaugh speaks Spanish, Italian and conversational French.  She lives in York County with her husband and three children.  She and her family enjoy outdoor activities and traveling.

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