Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law



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Course Description

This program was recorded on February 26, 2020

Immigration law poses extreme problems for non-United States citizens who encounter the criminal justice system. Certain types of crimes can affect an immigrant’s status and result in deportation proceedings. Because of this, immigration consequences to a criminal conviction must be on a criminal defense attorney’s radar when representing a non-US citizen client. This course will cover the who, what, why, and how of Crimmigration Law.

Attorney Melaney LaGroneMelaney LaGrone
As a former Police Officer and Prosecutor, Melaney LaGrone knows her way around a courtroom. With over 13 years in the criminal justice and legal field, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice of law. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Melaney earned a Bachelors in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and she received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. While in law school, Melaney interned at a top Medical Malpractice defense firm in Michigan. After graduating, Melaney was offered an Associate position at the firm. Shortly after, Melaney realized that this area of law was not her passion. She wanted to give back to the community and help those in need, so she went into private practice representing defendants in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.

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  1. What is “Crimmingration”?
  2. Who does it impact?
  3. Why is it important to understand this concept when representing a non-US citizen in a criminal case?
  4. How can a criminal offense (local, state, or federal) impact a non-US citizen’s immigration status?
  5. Which crimes are specific concern?
  6. How immigration attorneys and criminal attorneys can work together to achieve the best outcome for their clients.
  7. Ethical responsibilities (Padilla v. Kentucky)