Last night, I went to an excellent presentation sponsored by the Boston Bar Association at the John Adams Courthouse. Immigration Judges Leonard Shapiro and Matthew D’Angelo and Court Administrator Bob Halpin put in a solid two hours of advice on how to present cases.
The commentary ranged from what should have been obvious (don’t take out your frustrations on the clerks — who doesn’t know that this is the legal equivalent of slitting your own throat?) to more esoteric issues surrounding the new Immigration Court Practice Manual that will go into effect on July 1, 2008.
This sort of event is a great benefit to members of the immigration bar; the judges spoke to a packed room, and the attendees I spoke with afterwards all agreed that it was a fantastic presentation. My thanks to the Court and the BBA for an informative evening!
CORRECTION: the presentation was solely sponsored by the BBA, not jointly with AILA, as I previously mentioned.