On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the Long Beach Superior Courthouse will
be hosting a seminar for criminal lawyers on the subject of the immigration
consequences of criminal conviction for non-citizens. The Criminal Law
Section of LBBA's Brown Bag Luncheon will feature the Honorable Laura
Laeseche, Judge presiding District 1 of Long Beach and Certified Immigration
Specialist Angela Novas McGill, Attorney at Law.
As Chair of the Criminal Law Section LBBA, our very own criminal attorney
Leonard Matsuk will be moderating the discussion, which will surround
the implications of the Supreme Court's decision on
Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky and the implications for criminal attorneys representing non-citizens
in the United States.
In the case of
Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court stated that criminal defense attorneys have a constitutional
obligation to counsel their non-citizen clients on the possibility or
immanency of deportation as a result of conviction or guilty-plea. The
discussion, moderated by Attorney Matsuk, will discuss the minimum requirements
of this decision, the duties of the defense counsel in circumstances that
qualify, consequences of certain crimes of moral turpitude, post-conviction
relief and plea strategies where there may be immigration consequences.
The event is taking place this Wednesday at the Long Beach Superior Courthouse,
beginning at noon PST and ending at 1:30 PST.