Crimmigration: Identifying and Mitigating the Immigration Consequences of Convictions [Webinar] (Live and OnDemand Streaming)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

This program is for both immigration and criminal law attorneys – if you are not up on the latest consequences of criminal convictions for your immigrant clients, you need to take this course!

Criminal convictions have wide ranging consequences for individuals trying to immigrate to the US, or non-residents trying to stay in the US, and it’s a tricky area of the law that both immigration and criminal law attorneys need to know thoroughly.

This program will go over the traps and difficulties that affect your client’s future when they are facing criminal charges, and what you can do about them, including:

Convictions and Sentences/Terms of Imprisonment

  • State Diversion Programs
  • Deferred Prosecution & Sentences
  • Foreign convictions

Immigration Consequences

  • Removability
    • Deportability
    • Inadmissibility
    • 212H
  • Criminal Bars to Relief & Naturalization
  • Adam Walsh Act

Conviction Not Necessarily Required

  • Admitting essential elements
  • “Engaged in” Criminal Activity Which Endangers Public Safety
  • “A Court Determines”—Violations of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Drug users and Alcohol abuse
  • Reason to Believe
  • Gang membership & tattoos
  • False claims of US citizenship
  • Effect of non-convictions on good moral character for naturalization

Denial of Naturalization

  • Statutory Bars to Naturalization
  • Good Moral Character
  • Consequences of a Denial of Naturalization
  • Vehicles for Post-conviction Relief
    • Habeas
    • §1018 motions
    • §1016.5 motions
    • §1473.7 motions
    • Matter of Pickering/Matter of Thomas & Thompson
    • Effect of State Rehabilitative Statutes

Can’t Attend? This program will be recorded live on June 18, 2024 and is available via On-Demand or Recorded Package Download.  One person per order may view the recording. Discounted rates are available for 2-4 attorneys at your firm.  Licenses are available for law firms or agencies that would like to distribute the video package or OnDemand Streaming access to more than four attorneys at their firm or agency.

OnDemand Streaming!  On-Demand Streaming allows for a single person to view the seminar unlimited times until one year after the seminar is held. If you prefer On-Demand Streaming, be sure to select On-Demand Streaming on the right, instead of the Recorded Package download or DVD.

Recorded Packages!  Recorded Packages allow for a single person to download and view the program recording and are also available via DVD or CD.

* The Video Package includes the video recording of the webinar (including sound of course). The Audio Package is a separate audio-only recorded package, for those who wish to listen to it without visuals (such as in the car).

Note: All downloads must be downloaded to a computer first, before transferring them to another device.

Recorded Packages or On-Demand streaming are one per person per order and include seminar materials. They will be available approximately two weeks after the live program ends.  If you need access to the recording sooner than that, please let us know and we’ll provide you with a temporary zoom streaming link in the interim.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time  |  12:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Central Time
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time

10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. PDT
12:00 p.m.  – 12:40 p.m. CDT
1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. EDT
Convictions and Sentences/Terms of Imprisonment
Juliana Lamardo

  • State Diversion Programs
  • Deferred Prosecution & Sentences
  • Foreign Convictions 

10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. PDT
12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. CDT
1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. EDT
Immigration Consequences
Sabrina Damast and Jennifer Rozdzielski

  • Removability
    • Deportability
    • Inadmissibility
    • 212H
  • Criminal Bars to Relief & Naturalization
  • Adam Walsh Act

11:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
1:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. PDT
1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. CDT
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. EDT
Conviction Not Necessarily Required
Elina Santana

  • Admitting essential elements
  • “Engaged in” Criminal Activity Which Endangers Public Safety
  • “A Court Determines”—Violations of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Drug users and Alcohol abuse
  • Reason to Believe
  • Gang membership & tattoos
  • False claims of US citizenship
  • Effect of non-convictions on good moral character for naturalization

12:15 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

12:20 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. PDT
2:20 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. CDT
3:20 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. EDT
Denial of Naturalization
Jennifer Rozdzielski

  • Statutory Bars to Naturalization
  • Good Moral Character
  • Consequences of a Denial of Naturalization

1:05 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. PDT
3:05 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CDT
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT
Vehicles for Post-Conviction Relief
Sabrina Damas

  • Habeas
  • §1018 motions
  • §1016.5 motions
  • §1473.7 motions
  • Matter of Pickering/Matter of Thomas & Thompson
  • Effect of State Rehabilitative Statutes



June 18, 2024

10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. PDT
12:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CDT
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT


We will send your login details and handout materials a few days before your program.



The following testimonials are from this program held in 2022, with primarily the same speakers. A few highly rated speakers from our 101 immigration programs will be joining this program as well.

“All speakers were very well versed in their subject and interesting. The visual aids were very good, and I look forward to putting the slides in a notebook for myself.”

“I learned something new about Crimmigration. I liked the question and answer format of the presentation.” – David Gomez, Esq.

“Really appreciated the Q&A time. Webinar supplemental materials were helpful too.”

“Fully satisfied. Good training – it was very comprehensive.” – Maria Blanco, Esq.

“Wonderful content and love the way it was explained in detail! Answered all questions!”

“Great speakers.” – Emily J. Kingston Slichter, Esq.

“It was great program. Overall all speakers were very knowledgeable.”

“Excellent program. I really appreciate the detailed handout.”

“Sabrina and Juliana are most impressive, very detailed slides with references which are helpful.”

“The presenters were great, and their information was very informative.”

“It was great and very informative.”

“It was an excellent program.”

“Very helpful series! Excellent!”

“It’s very informative.”

“It was great and well done.”

“Excellent Program.”

“Speakers were great.”

“Quite informative.”

“The program was very good.”


Sabrina Damast, Esq.
Law Office of Sabrina Damast, Inc.

Sabrina Damast practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and post-conviction relief.  Before opening her own law practice, Sabrina served as a judicial law clerk in the Los Angeles Immigration Court and worked as an immigration attorney in private practice.  As a law clerk, she conducted research and wrote more than two hundred decisions for dozens of Immigration Judges.  She developed an expertise in all forms of deportation defense, including applications for asylum, permanent residence, NACARA, fraud waivers, and criminal waivers.  As an attorney in private practice, she solidified these skills by representing clients threatened with deportation.  

Sabrina is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, swing dancing, and musical theater, and she is the leader of a local Girl Scout troop.  Sabrina is a member of the New York and California Bars and is admitted to the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California, the Western District of Arkansas, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  She frequently publishes articles, teaches CLEs, and gives presentations on immigration law. Sabrina is a California certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law.

Juliana G. Lamardo, Esq.
Law Offices of Juliana G. Lamardo, P.A.

Juliana G. Lamardo was born in São Paulo, Brazil. When she was 8 years old, her parents made the difficult decision to leave Brazil in search of a better life. Juliana’s father obtained an L-1A visa and moved the entire family to the United States. In 1994, Juliana became a lawful permanent resident and then a U.S. Citizen in 2001. Juliana experienced the immigration process firsthand and knows how apprehensive it can be.

Juliana attended Florida International University in Miami and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2003. Following her mother’s footsteps as an attorney, Juliana attended law school at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. She graduated in 2007. It was in law school where her desire to help other immigrants came to life.

Juliana opened the Law Offices of Juliana G. Lamardo in 2016. She was previously a Senior Associate Attorney with a private immigration law firm for over six years, where she handled thousands of cases. She concentrates in the areas of deportation defense, bond hearings, deferred inspections, family-based residency, Citizenship, and naturalization.

Juliana has represented clients in removal and bond proceedings before the Immigration Court, before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on family-based petitions, applications for residency, and applications for Citizenship, as well as various waivers for criminal activity. She has also appeared before the Customs Border Protection (CBP) for deferred inspections.

She is a frequent speaker at various immigration-related seminars including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Pincus Professional Education, and the Association for the Studies of the Cuban Economy (ASCE). She was also a regular guest speaker on Almavisión radio (87.7 FM) on issues related to immigration.

She has been licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida Division since 2008. She is also a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice immigration in all 50 states.

Juliana is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She understands the complexities associated with immigration procedures and she applies her knowledge and background to competently assist those who wish to build a life in this country. 

Jennifer Rozdzielski, Esq.

JR Immigration Law

Jennifer Rozdzielski is an immigration attorney with over 8 years of experience who is working for one of the top immigration law firms in the Untied States.  Growing up in Tucson, Arizona close to the border, immigration issues always took front center. During law school Jennifer was first introduced to immigration law while externing at the Office of the Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona.  During her externship Jennifer was shocked at how little she truly knew about the immigration system and specifically how harsh the current immigration laws are.  If an educated individual knew so little about the harsh realities of immigration law certainly the general public knew less. Inspired by her externship Jennifer went on to pursue a career in all aspects of immigration law.  Jennifer is well experienced in all aspects of immigration law including: removal, family-based (also known politically as “chain-migration”), consular processing and employment. 

Elina M. Santana, Esq.
Shareholder / Immigration Attorney
Santana Rodriguez Law, P.A.

Elina Magaly Santana, Esq. is a Shareholder and Co-founder of Santana Rodriguez Law, P.A., a firm focusing solely on Immigration Law.  She is licensed in the state of Florida, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Elina focuses her immigration practice on Family-based and Marriage-based Residency, Naturalization, Deportation Defense (including Asylum & Cancellation of Removal), Waivers, Derivative/Acquired Citizenship, and BIA Appeals. 

She is the 2nd Vice-President for AILA South Florida (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and a Board Member for Capital Good Fund, a social change organization that uses financial services to tackle poverty in the U.S.  She has also volunteered on the border in Harlingen, TX aiding children seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile visas. 

Elina has served as a panelist and guest speaker at many events on immigration law, and she has appeared on Univision, Telemundo, and NBC to talk about current immigration issues.  Elina earned her JD from Boston University (BU) School of Law and her BA in both Sociology and Spanish Literature at New York University (NYU) with high honors.  She is a fluent Spanish speaker and was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida.


Registration fees are per person.

Individual registration:  $249
Group: $239 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time.
Government Employee/Legal Aid*: $229
Law Student/Paralegal Rate: $200

Your access information and course handout will be sent out a few days before the program.

Program materials:

Registration includes an electronic copy (.pdf) of your seminar handbook. This will be emailed to you a few days before the program. Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then. Please put in your address book to make sure you receive your pdf of the program handbook.

* Law Student Rate is for current law students only. Please provide your law school ID when you register.

** Legal Aid attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/non-profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. It also does not include attorneys who serve on non-profit boards.

Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to

CLE Credits

CA General: This program is approved for 3.25 units of general CLE in California.

CA Participatory Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 3.25 hours of Legal Specialization Credit in Appellate Law. (Expires 06/17/2026)

FL General: This program is approved for 4.0 units of general CLE in Florida.

FL Certification Credits: This program is approved for the following Certification Credits in Florida:
Criminal Appellate Law – 4.0 units
Criminal Trial Law – 4.0 units
Immigration and Nationality Law – 4.0 units

WA General: This program is approved for 3.25 units of general CLE in Washington.

NY General: This course is eligible for approval, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 3.25 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  

Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above. Many attorneys ask for this and are approved in other states.

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