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The MSBA's Immigration Law Section Presents


"A Litigation Toolkit for Taking Your Denied Employment Based Petition to Federal Court"

This CLE will include:

1. Creating an administrative record that will appeal to a federal judge;

2. Assessing, with your client, the costs, timing and likelihood of success of litigation;

3. Preparing the case for filing, appearance and notice issues and relations with the Assistant US Attorney and Office of Immigration Litigation

Suggested reading before the CLE:



Kathleen M. Trafford, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Kathleen Trafford, partner in the Firm's litigation department, teamed with her partner Rob Cohen is the successful prosecution of Residential Finance Corporation v. USCIS, S.D. Ohio Case No. 2:12-cv-00008. Although she does not routinely practice in the immigration area, she has over thirty years of federal court experience in various areas of law, many of which touch upon constitutional issues, statutory construction, and administrative. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and chairs the Firm's appellate practice group.

Megan Galasso, Davis and Goldfarb
Megan Galasso has been practicing immigration law with Davis & Goldfarb for the past three years. Prior to joining Davis & Goldfarb, Megan worked as an attorney advisor for the Immigration Court in Bloomington, Minnesota. Her practice area focuses on litigation before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and United States federal courts. She also represents families and individuals before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. She speaks Spanish and has a special place in her heart for the Rules of Civil Procedure.

Howard (Sam) Myers III , Myers Thompson PA
Sam Myers has more than 30 years' experience practicing employment-based immigration law. He and his law partner, Elizabeth Thompson, have advised multinational corporations on US immigration law and related corporate management strategies for more than 20 years. He is a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a 25 year member of AILA's board of governors. Mr Myers has testified before the US Congress and the Minnesota State legislature on employment-based immigration. He has participated in writing several significant amendments to the US Immigration and Nationality Act including the amendments to the H-1B and L-1 visa categories and helped conceive the original "Conrad State 20" legislation enabling foreign-born physicians to acquire permanent residence by serving in health professional shortage areas.

2 hours of Standard CLE credit approved
Event Code: 172722



Date:   Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time:   11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  $10.00
MSBA Members (But Not Immigration Law Section Members):  $15.00
Join the Section and attend for free:  $18.00
AILA Members: $20.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $25.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is not available.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336