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What You Should Know About Workplace Enforcement and Immigration

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8:30 am
- 5:00 pm


Sidley Austin LLP
1 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 

Program Co-Chairs
Marketa Lindt
Sidley Austin LLP

Peggy McCormick
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.

Ana Maria Echiburu
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.

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Workplace Enforcement and Immigration

Register by October 11 for early bird pricing
Final registration deadline is October 18

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On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” which includes dramatic increases in monetary penalties for I-9 violations and mandatory use of E-Verify. While we are still waiting to see what will happen in the House on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013, there is no question that the trend in Worksite Enforcement, regardless of what Congress does, is increased enforcement.

On this, our 8th annual Federal Bar Association program dedicated to these issues, we bring speakers ranging from the private sector attorneys advising companies on compliance, to the government officials in charge of enforcement. The conference will review the legislative landscape and on-going administrative immigration enforcement with analysis of some of the unintended consequences of excessive compliance. As more and more employers, both large and small, are learning the implications of an ICE audit, this program is a must for immigration and employment lawyers offering counsel on these important issues. 

Program and Faculty

DL = Discussion Leader

8:30 – Legislative Update

Margaret H. McCormick (DL) – President, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter – Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. – Chicago, IL
David Wolfe Leopold – David Wolfe Leopold & Associates Co., LPA – Cleveland, OH
Amy Nice  Executive Director, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Washington, D.C.
Robert Sakaniwa – Associate Director of Advocacy, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Washington, D.C.
F. Daniel Siciliano – Professor and Faculty Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School – Stanford, CA

9:45 – Civil and Criminal Enforcement Update

  • Recent ICE enforcement activity
  • Role of defense counsel in a civil I-9 audit
  • Trends in criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Prosecutions for identity theft and false claims to citizenship

Marketa Lindt (DL)Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Chicago ChapterSidley Austin LLPChicago, IL
Diane MacArthur Assistant U.S. AttorneyChicago, IL
Julie Myers Wood Guidepost Solutions LLC Washington, D.C. former Asst. Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Paul W. Virtue Baker & McKenzie LLPWashington, DC

10:30 – BREAK

10:45 – OCAHO Update

  • Trends in recent OCAHO decisions
  • OCAHO vs. ICE approaches to calculation of penalties

Eric Bord (DL)Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPWashington, D.C.
Eileen ScofieldAlston & Bird LLPAtlanta, GA

11:15 – Conducting an Internal Investigation

  • When an internal investigation is appropriate
  • Scope and methodology
  • Who is the client?
  • Representation of company, executives, managers, and line workers
  • Best practices

Richard A. Gump (DL) Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr.Dallas, TX
Kevin LashusJackson Lewis, LLPAustin, TX
Colleen LauermanSidley Austin LLPWashington, D.C. 

12:15 – LUNCH

Box lunch provided

1:00 – Reverifying the Workforce

  • I-9 Self Audit, Notice of Suspect Documents, and M&A
  • Potential outcomes and best practices
  • Union considerations
  • Avoiding OSC liability

Montserrat Miller (DL)Arnall Golden Gregory LLPWashington, D.C.
Jennifer SultanU.S. Office of Special CounselWashington, D.C.
Daniel Brown Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLPWashington, D.C.

 2:00 – Negotiating with ICE

  • Production of documentation
  • Notice of Suspect Documents
  • Paperwork violations and statutory factors
  • Payment plans

Sharon R. Mehlman (DL)Larrabee Mehlman Albi Coker LLPSan Diego, CA
Joseph YeungU.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementChicago, IL
DeAnne HilgersLindquist & Vennum PLLPMinneapolis, MN
Eileen MomblancoLaner Muchin Dombrow Becker Levin and Tominberg, Ltd.Chicago, IL 

3:00 – BREAK 

3:15 – Counseling Corporate Compliance in a Time of Legislative Change

  • Considerations for corporate compliance in light of CIR
  • Policy considerations for constructive knowledge situations
  • Employer issues regarding DACA and CIR
  • Issues relating to third-party background check vendors
  • Compliance considerations for employing contract workers

Paul Zulkie (DL) Zulkie Partners LLCChicago, IL
Andrea D. Kiehl General Counsel, Diversified Maintenance SystemsTampa, FL
Marcine A. Seid The Law Offices of Marcine A. SeidSan Jose, CA
Margaret StockCascadia Cross Border Law Group LLCAnchorage, AK

4:15 – The Evolving Workplace: Remote Hires, Electronic I-9s, and E-Verify

  • Best practices for I-9 compliance in virtual office and remote hiring models
  • Benefits and risks of electronic I-9 completion and storage
  • Considerations for mandatory E-Verify and increased worker protections 

Bonnie Gibson (DL)Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLPPhoenix, AZ
John Fay General Counsel, LawLogixPhoenix, AZ
Wendy PadillaBalch and Bingham, LLPBirmingham, AL



FBA Chicago will be applying for accreditation for at least 7 Illinois MCLE credit hours. Continuing legal education credits for other states must be handled by individual attendees.


Because of building security considerations, no registrations will be accepted after October 18 at 12:00 PM CDT. Walk-in registrants will not be accepted. State-issued photo identification must be presented to building security in order to gain access to the seminar—no exceptions.  



Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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