CLE: Material Support and Security-Related Issues in Immigration Law

May 26, 2010

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Golden Gate University, Room 3209
1.5 MCLE credits available
Suggested donation- $20 (No one will be refused admittance for lack of funds).

The training is primarily designed toward providing immigration practitioners practical tools for representing clients in cases where security-related issues may arise, but is open to and helpful for anyone impacted or working with often-targeted communities.

Panelists will address the most common scenarios in naturalization, asylum, adjustment of status and I-751 applications where the material support and other terrorism-related bars may be applied. Speakers will cover the statutory elements necessary and the government's burden of proof on the bars, and will provide defenses, strategies and possible counter arguments, including strategies in Federal District Court. Speakers will also cover the asylum revocation process, how/when security-related issues arise, and how to counter them to effectively represent your client.


Ted Roethke, is an Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Asian Law Caucus. His work focuses on protecting the rights of detained immigrants and immigrants facing overreaching national security related immigration charges, including but not limited to asylum seekers who provided "material support" to armed groups under duress. In 2007, his article "American Law and the Problem of Coerced Provision of Support to a Terrorist Organization as Grounds for Removal" appeared in the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. Mr. Roethke is a member of the California State Bar, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Carrie Rosenbaum, Attorney, Rosenbaum Immigration Appeals. Ms. Rosenbaum is past co-chair of the NLG-SF Immigration Committee, is an American Immigration Lawyer's Association member, and past Continuing Education Subcommittee member. She is also an active volunteer with the National Immigration Project (NIP). Her pro bono efforts include policy work for NIP, and representation of clients through the AIDS Legal Referral Panel as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Project. She has written on the issue of revocation at the asylum office based on security-based grounds, addressing practice, procedure and strategy for attorneys representing individuals through the process.


Co-sponsored by the Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, OMID Advocates for Human Rights and Dolores Street Community Services.