Exam Prep: Immigration Law Certified Legal Specialist Exam (CA)(Live in 2019)

The CA Bar Legal Specialist Exam in Immigration Law will be held October 22nd, 2019.

At this program – the only one in the state – you will get a thorough overview of the critical substantive areas of Immigration Law and a jump start on your study routine. This carefully planned program will give you tips on how to take the exam, what to expect on exam day and how to study for it. We will have a practice essay session with at least two questions found in the Bar’s sample packet, that will conclude with issue spotting and a review of how you could have best answered those questions (the practice test answers will not be graded, just discussed).

By taking this course you can reduce the stress that goes with the unknown when preparing for an exam, you can get a refresher on those areas of the law of which you do not practice on a daily basis (or never handle), and you can get some insight on how to prepare and study for the exam from those that have gone before.

Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on September 12th & 13th in Los Angeles. The Exam Prep audio package in CD or Download format, including all seminar materials, will be available within two – four days after the program. Click here or click to the right to order that package.


Early Study Special: If you order our 2017 Exam Prep audio package, you can take $300.00 off of your 2019 exam prep course enrollment or audio. Make a note in the comments section of your order and we’ll contact you to process your 2019 registration by hand or call us at (877) 858-3848 for the special coupon code.

Important Reminder: Because we cannot know exactly what specific questions and issues the bar will test on, and their “potential topic list” is vast, our program covers most of those topics that the bar lists they might test, but not all. This means that we cannot guarantee every single question or issue that appears on your exam is covered in our course (that would pretty much be impossible). We also strongly recommend you begin studying for the exam early – as early as summer. Last minute studying, even with the help of this course, is always a risky proposition when it comes to such a difficult exam covering so many areas of appellate law.

Please note: If you took this course in 2017 and did not pass the exam, please call us about a special rate at (877) 858-3848.



REMINDER: We do not recommend making pre-paid, non-refundable travel arrangements in case a program is cancelled due to an emergency. We are not responsible for non-refundable travel/hotel expenses.

If you would like more information from the CA Bar on their exam and becoming a Certified Legal Specialist, click here.


Day One
September 12th
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Intro to speakers, Specialization & Exam

  • What is specialization? Requirements for specialization
  • Exam details
    • Grading of the Exam 
    • What the exam was like
    • What to expect
    • How to prepare / study plans / strategies
    • Practical considerations
    • Test taking tips, writing tips

10:00 – 11:10
Non-Immigrant Visas [Subject Area 2]

    • 2.4  H-1B visas/status and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) 
    • 2.5  L-1 visas/status 
    • 2.6  Other nonimmigrant categories, including B, E, F, J, K, O, R, S, T, TN, and U 
    • 2.7  Visa Waiver Program 
    • 2.8  Rules of chargeability 
    • 2.14  Waivers of inadmissibility: 212(e), 212(d)

11:10 – 11:20

11:20 – 12:30
Employment Based Immigrant Visas and Employment Enforcement [Subject Area 2 Continued]

    • 2.2  Employment-based (EB 1-5) immigrant visa categories 
    • 2.3  Labor certifications 
    • 2.2  Employer compliance (INA 274A) 
    • 2.9  Priority Dates 

12:30 – 1:30
Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:45
Family Based Immigrant  Visas [Subject Area 2 continued]

    • 2.1 Family-based immigrant visa categories 
    • 2.15 Marriage fraud (including 204(c)) 
    • 2.16 Adjustment of status (INA 245(a), (c), (k) and (i)) 
    • 2.17  Conditional Permanent Resident status 
    • 2.18  Violence Against Women Act 
    • 2.19  Child Status Protection Act 
    • 3.3 Affidavits of support 

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Consular Processing and Procedures [Subject Area 3]

    • 3.1 Consular processing v. Adjustment of Status
    • 3.2 Arriving aliens and reentry doctrine 
    • 3.3 Affidavits of support 
    • 3.4 Reentry permits and abandonment of LPR status 
    • 2.21 Parole-in-place 
    • 3.7 Burden of proof 

3:30 – 4:30
Removal, Relief and Bonds [Subject Area 4]

    • 4.8 Removal Proceedings
    • 4.1 Criminal grounds of removability 
    • 4.2 Other grounds of removability 
    • Relief: 
    • 4.6  Cancellation of Removal (LPR & Non-LPR)
    • 4.7  Asylum/Withholding/CAT
    • 4.9  NACARA 
    • 4.10  212(c)
    • 4.5  INA § 237(a)(1)(H) waiver 
    • 4.4  Voluntary Departure 
    • 4.14 Temporary Protected Status 
    • AOS
    • Suspension of Deportation
    • 4.12 Expedited removal (INA 235(b) and 238)
    • 4.11 Executive actions and prosecutorial discretion
    • 3.5 Bonds
      • Eligibility, Jurisdiction
      • Redeterminations and Conditions
      • Mandatory Detention
      • Rodriguez Hearing
    • 4.13 Reinstatement of removal orders

4:30 – 5:30
Naturalization and Citizenship [Subject Area 6]

    • 6.1 Good moral character 
    • 6.2 Residence and physical presence 
    • 6.3 Naturalization procedure (including administrative and court review) 
    • 6.4 Acquisition of citizenship (current law only) 
    • 6.5 Child Citizenship Act and pre-CCA derivative naturalization 

Day Two

September 13th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 – 10:00
Motions and Review [Subject Area 5]

    • 5.1 In absentia hearings and orders 
    • 5.2 Motions to reopen/reconsider/remand/ terminate in removal proceedings 
    • 5.3 Other agency actions 
    • 5.4 Administrative Appeals (BIA, AAO, BALCA) 
    • 5.5 Judicial deference to administrative actions and orders (Chevron and Brand X) 
    • 5.6 Federal court jurisdiction 
    • 5.7 Federal District Court actions 
    • 5.8 Federal Court of Appeals review 

10:00 – 10:15
Additional Test Prep / Study Tips

10:15 – 10:45
Ethics/Professional Responsibility [Subject Area 1]

    • 1.1 Duties to clients 
    • 1.2 Duties to opposing counsel, administrative agencies, and courts 
    • 1.3 Attorney’s fees and fee agreements 
    • 1.4 Conflicts of interest 

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00
Bars to Admissibility& Waivers [Subject Matter 2 continued]

  • 2.10  Criminal activity (INA 212(a)(2))
  • 2.11  Misrepresentation (INA 212(a)(6)(C) 
  • 2.12  Unlawful presence (INA 212(a)(9)) 
  • 2.13  Other inadmissibility grounds 
  • 2.14  Waivers of inadmissibility (212(h), 212(i),
  • 212(a)(9)(B)(v), 212(e), 212(d)) 
  • 3.6   Application to apply for admission after removal, I-212

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:30
Attendees take one practice question

1:30 – 2:15
Issue Spotting discussion (exam will not be graded)

2:15 – 2:30

2:30 – 3:00
Attendees take another practice question

3:00 – 4:00
Issue spotting (exam will not be graded) and final q/a



Day 1 – Thursday, September 12th:
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Networking lunch included)

Day 2 – Friday, September 13th:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch on your own)


The DoubleTree Downtown Los Angeles
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Check in begins 30 minutes before the program starts. 


Parking:  Discounted $17 valet and $13 self park at hotel. Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.


These testimonials are from our past Exam Prep Courses in Immigration Law.

“I feel much more comfortable about the exam. We were also able to network with other practitioners.” – Beth Persky, Esq.

“They were to the point at guiding us how to prepare for the test and what the examiners expect from a lawyer taking the test…I liked it! Will attend others if needed. Great!” – Luz Eliana Phelps, Esq.

“The program satisfied my objectives very much…program is great.” – Ed Allan Lindain, Esq.

“Good review of the topics.” – Susan S. Han, Esq.

“[Re: Camille Bowman] Extremely helpful and easy to deal with. She went above her call of duty to respond.” – Neda Zaman, Esq.

“Reviewing the material to be tested [took] away the ‘fear’ element…Howard Hom’s tips were useful for my cases.” – Beth Persky, Esq.

“Great content. Got a lot out of it!” – Sergio Copete, Esq.

“Fab outline, fine presentation, relevant.” – Helena Younosi, Esq.

“Focused, good.” – Colin B. Desatnik, Esq.

“Very knowledgeable. Good presentation [by Carl Shusterman].”

“Camille Bowman gave great tips!”

“Concise – clear explanation.”

“Very well done.”

“Alary Piibe’s exam issue spotting was well done!”

“Good material, good delivery…”

“Speakers had great knowledge. Great style.”

“Great use of examples and very engaging and dynamic speaker.”



Agnieszka Dolinska, Esq.
Managing Attorney/Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC

Aggie Dolinska is the Managing Attorney at the Riverside Office of Wilner & O’Reilly. She is Board Certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California’s Bureau of Legal Specialization. Ms. Dolinska’s immigration practice involves all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law, including family and employment-based immigration, non-immigrant visas, removal defense, litigation, and asylum law. Ms. Dolinska is currently the head of the litigation and deportation department in our office. Her removal defense practice includes representing clients in proceedings before the Immigration Court and on appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Dolinska graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration and minor emphasis on drug and alcohol studies. She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2001 from Brigham Young University, where she was a senior editor of the BYU Education and Law Journal and a member of the International Moot Court and American Inn of Court No. 1. While in law school, Ms. Dolinska worked as a legal intern for the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Boise, Idaho, and completed a summer externship with Judge Daniel T. Eismann of the Idaho Fourth District Court in Boise. Ms. Dolinska also participated in the Woody Deem Trial Advocacy Competition and Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Prior to her practice in immigration law, Ms. Dolinska practiced civil ligation in Utah.

Ms. Dolinska is admitted to both the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Utah. She is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Orange County Chapter.

As a native of Poland, Ms. Dolinska has had personal experiences with the immigration system in the United States. Because of those experiences, she offers a unique perspective and understanding to the clients of Wilner & O’Reilly. Ms. Dolinska is fluent in English and Polish.

Farnoush Farzad, Esq.
Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Law Offices of Farnoush Farzad

Farnoush Farzad is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Cum Laude), and earned his Juris Doctrate from Southwestern University School of Law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1998, and has since devoted his practice exclusively to immigration and nationality law. After working as a Senior Associate at an AV rated immigration law firm for over seven years, he founded the firm where he currently serves as principal counsel.

Over the course of his practice, he has handled a large volume of diverse immigration cases ranging from large multinational accounts to deportation litigation, and has secured hundreds of approved cases on behalf of his clients. As an expert in immigration law, he has lectured at legal seminars and organizational events on various topics, from employment based visas to immigration reform. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Amnesty International, and the California State Bar.

Susan S. Han, Esq.
Founder/Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Han Law Group

Ms. Susan S. Han is the founder and owner of Han Law Group, Immigration Attorneys. She has been practicing immigration law since 1998 and has vast experience in handling all aspects of immigration law including family-based petitions, business immigration, deportation and removal, asylum, U-visas, TPS, citizenship and naturalization, and appeals at all levels.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Han has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles, and is a frequent guest speaker on immigration topics for various bar organization such as the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  

Ms. Han received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where she earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.

Amy Lenhert, Esq.
Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Amy Lenhert has expertise in a broad range immigration matters and is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of California, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to her federal court practice, Amy has represented clients in removal proceedings throughout the United States; assisting her clients in obtaining cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonresidents, waivers for fraud and criminal convictions, and applications for asylum.  She has successfully represented clients with administrative appeals to both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office.

Amy also regularly represents individuals in connection with family-based visa petitions, unlawful presence waivers, applications for naturalization, and complex citizenship claims.

Amy believes strongly in the importance of giving back, and regularly provides pro bono legal services through a variety of organizations.  She serves on the advisory committee for the Los Angeles office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization dedicated to ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without legal representation.

Amy received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2003.

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Claribel Madueña, Esq.
Law Office of Claribel P. Madueña, P.C.

Claribel Palacios Madueña, Esq. earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.  She became an immigration attorney shortly after she graduated from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2009. Ms. Madueña has gained extensive experience in a wide range of immigration cases and has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through the very complicated and stressful immigration process.  

Throughout her legal career, Ms. Madueña has been fearless in her pursuit to achieve the best results for her clients.​​  Ms. Madueña did not always know that she would practice immigration law, but she always knew that she wanted to be an attorney.  From a very young age, she possessed a strong sense of justice and the desire to help others.  Additionally, as the daughter of parents that immigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua and El Salvador, Attorney Madueña can relate to the  immigrant community.  Helping families remain together and giving them hope for the future is not only rewarding, but also fuels her drive to be an effective advocate. 

Ms. Madueña generously donates her time to immigration legal clinics held by various non-profit organizations all over the Bay Area.  In addition,  she provides continuing education opportunities for the immigrant community, and conducts seminars/workshops for  potential clients, employers, and third-party administrators on a regular basis. 

During her free-time, Ms. Madueña enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthoney, and their dog, Lola. She also likes to read, stay active, go to the beach, and travel. As the daughter of a retired U.S. Navy Seabee, she has traveled the globe and speaks Spanish fluently and is proficient in Italian.

Alary E. Piibe, Esq.
Partner/Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys

Alary E. Piibe is a long-time litigator and certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization who has developed keen and aggressive courtroom skills. Mr. Piibe prides himself as a formidable strategist who will make persuasive, effective presentations, and who represents his clients in a straightforward manner before US ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security), US CIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security) and the Immigration Court. This litigation style translates into a benefit for his clients, and helps cause the government to make a thorough and careful consideration of the cases during the adjudication process. 

Mr. Piibe has considerable experience in applying for waivers for unlawful presence (otherwise known as “3/10 waivers” or “illegal presence” waivers). He treats each case as unique and devotes many firm resources in an “all-out” effort to obtain a successful conclusion that reunites a family. He is especially adept at criminal immigration issues, understanding the nuances that can mean the difference between success and deportation. Under his guidance, the firm has vacated numerous criminal convictions to cancel their effect on deportation and removal. 

Mr. Piibe’s experience before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court gives his clients additional protection, and he has won several asylum cases involving complicated and technical issues, which most immigration attorneys would have declared hopeless. Mr. Piibe is a member of both the California State Bar as well as the federal District Courts, enabling him great latitude to appear in any Court to pursue his clients’ needs.

Carl Shusterman, Esq.
Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

Mr. Shusterman is a 1973 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He served as an attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until 1982 when he entered the private practice of law. He is authorized to practice before the Supreme Court of California, the Federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Mr. Shusterman is a former chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Southern California Chapter and served as a member of AILA’s National Board of Governors (1988-97). He has chaired numerous AILA Committees, spoken at dozens of AILA Conferences and has contributed a number of scholarly articles to AILA’s publications. 

Mr. Shusterman is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California. He has served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Each year since 2002, he has been voted as a Super Lawyer in Southern California by his colleagues in the bar. For each of the past 10 years, Mr. Shusterman has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers of America. He is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. 

Mr. Shusterman is a frequent writer and lecturer on immigration law. His articles, letters to the editor and quotes have appeared in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Canada’s Globe and Mail, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Journal of the American Medical Association, Christian Science Monitor, Atlantic Monthly, Computer World, Information Week, Issues in Science and Technology, Variety, and numerous other publications. He has written for, and been quoted extensively in, leading periodicals specializing in immigration law including Interpreter Releases, Immigration Law and Procedure, Immigration Briefings, Inside Immigration, Immigration Journal and U.S. Immigrant Magazine. In addition, he has appeared on various television programs including NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Headline News, the Nightly News with Peter Jennings and on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio shows.

Mr. Shusterman has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.



Registration fees are per person.

Individual: $750

Group: $725 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time

Government employee: $625

Networking Lunch on Day One is included in the registration fee.


REMINDER: We do not recommend making pre-paid, non-refundable travel arrangements in case a program is cancelled due to an emergency. We are not responsible for non-refundable travel/hotel expenses.

CLE Credits

CA General:  This program is approved for 8.25 units of general CLE in California.

CA Certified Legal Specialist:  This program is approved for 8.25 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California in Immigration & Nationality Law until September 11, 2021.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course will be approved for the same number of units as in CA.  See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course will be approved for the same number of units as in CA.  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.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

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September 12-13, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA


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