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Worksite Enforcement and Immigration Conference

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:45 am
- 5:00 pm

Presented by the Federal Bar Association’s  National Immigration Law Section and the Chicago Chapter 

Program Co-Chairs
[one_half] Marketa Lindt Sidley Austin LLP
[/one_half][one_half last] Margaret H. McCormick Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.
[/one_half][clear] Our 10th Annual FBA Worksite Enforcement Conference will feature nationally recognized speakers from the private bar, human resource and corporate law department representatives, government officials in charge of enforcement, and immigration policy experts. In an exciting election year, the program will be more relevant than ever. The conference will review the 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.
Register by April 18, 2016


8:45 – 9:00 am
Margaret H. McCormick, Program Co-Chair
9:00 – 10:00 am
Civil and Criminal Enforcement Update

 Current trends in criminal immigration-related enforcement
Update on trends in civil and administrative I-9 proceedings
Use of forfeiture and other enforcement tools

Marketa Lindt (discussion leader), Chicago, ILKevin Lashus, Austin, TXRachel Ross, Section Chief, ICE Worksite Enforcement Unit, Washington, DCJulie Myers Wood, Washington, DC
10:00 – 10:30 am
OCAHO Update
 John Fay, Phoenix, AZ Hon. Ellen Thomas, Administrative Law Judge, OCAHO, Falls Church, VA
10:30 – 10:45 am
10:45 – 11:30 am
Trends in Corporate Compliance Strategy

B-1 travel compliance programs
Enforcing honesty policies
Avoiding the independent contractor trap

Richard Gump (discussion leader), Dallas, TX Nicole Kersey, Idar-Oberstein, Germany Nicole Wetmore, Boston, MA
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Avoiding Discrimination in Hiring, Outsourcing, and Auditing

Definition of “intent”
Permissible questions during hiring process
Potential discrimination issues in outsourcing process

Gabrielle Buckley (discussion leader), Chicago, ILAlberto Ruisanchez, Deputy Special Counsel, OSC, Washington, DCPatrick Shen, Washington, DCEileen Scofield, Atlanta, GA
12:30 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm
BREAKING: Terminated IT Worker RICO Lawsuits

Legal theory of RICO class actions in H-1B context
Analyzing and mitigating corporate risk in light of H-1B RICO lawsuits
Best practices in outsourcing

Paul Virtue (discussion leader), Washington, DCVic Goel, Reston, VAMary Pivec, Arlington, VA
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Defending Clients in ICE Audits

Responding to subpoenas and broad requests from the government
Notice of Suspect Document issues
Preparing for re-audits

Eileen Momblanco (discussion leader), Chicago, ILLoan Huynh, Minneapolis, MNJeff Joseph, Aurora, COJoseph Yeung, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS, Chicago, IL
3:00 – 3:15 pm
3:15 – 4:00 pm
The Evolving Workplace: Practical Issues in Implementing Electronic I-9s

Minimum requirements for electronic I-9 system to be compliant
Migration of data and audit trails
Implementing electronic I-9s in salaried vs. hourly workforce environments

John Fay (discussion leader), Phoenix, AZ Natalie Coover, Phoenix, AZ Kelly Ludwick, Atlanta, GA
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Looking Forward: Legislation, Policy and Politics of Immigration and Worksite Enforcement 

Update on litigation challenges to executive action
Worksite enforcement and unauthorized workers in presidential campaign rhetoric
Impact of enforcement policy on U.S. employers
Consequences of current employment turnover patterns

Margaret H. McCormick (discussion leader), Chicago, IL David Leopold, Cleveland, OH Daniel Siciliano, Palo Alto, CA Julie Myers Wood, Washington, DC
*Speaker invited, not confirmed
American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA members may register at the same rate as FBA members. Select AILA member registration.

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 April 18, 2016. 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.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Sidley Austin LLP
1 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60603 US
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Illinois CLE Credit
Photo ID is required to enter the building
Lunch is included
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