(LAWD-4028) - 2 UNITS

This course will address the immigration consequences of criminal convictions for non-citizens. The course will cover the definition of a conviction, and inadmissible and deportable offenses as described in the Immigration and Nationality Act and case law. Other substantive aspects of the course will focus on the analyses of divisible criminal statutes, forms of relief, bond issues, and post-conviction relief, such as the reduction of felonies to misdemeanors, motions to vacate a conviction and the withdrawal of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere. Finally, the course will review the role and ethical duties of the criminal defense attorney in representing non-citizens as well as the role of immigration defense attorneys representing non-citizens with criminal records.