Start Date: 6/30/2021 12:15 AM EDT
End Date: 6/30/2021 11:45 PM EDT
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CRIMMIGRATION 101: IMMIGRATION FOR THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER 1.0 Total HR including Q&A
Facilitated by Whitney True Lawson, 2020 KACDL Board of Director and Communication Committee Co-Chair
Presenters: Rachel Carmona and Duffy Trager
This presentation will explain the ethical responsibility of attorneys to advise their clients of the immigration consequences of criminal pleas and provide an overview of common Kentucky crimes with immigration consequences. The presentation will include a description of the various types of immigration statuses and the specific consequences associated with those immigration statuses. The presenters will discuss diversion, informal diversion, juvenile convictions, Alford pleas and the definition of a conviction in immigration law. The presentation will also discuss the recent Trump Executive Orders and their impact on the intersection of criminal and immigration law.
Whitney True Lawson
Whitney True Lawson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and attended Franklin County Public Schools until she graduated from Western Hills High School with a 4.0 GPA. Thereafter, she attended Transylvania University and graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German. While at Transylvania University, she was an active member of her sorority, Phi Mu. Between her junior and senior year at Transylvania University, she interned with former United States Representative, A.B. Chandler, in his Washington, D.C. office. Witnessing the legislative process up-close encouraged her to pursue a law degree.
After Transylvania University, she attended the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) While studying at University of Louisville, Whitney was a member of University of Louisville Law Review and University of Louisville Moot Court Board. She participated in a number of moot court competitions, including two prestigious Moot Court Competitions involving Trademark Law. She was a semi-finalist at the Pirtle-Washer Oral Argument Trademark Competition in 2011. Also, Whitney and her partner won the national Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., where they competed against law schools from across the United States.
After law school, Whitney moved to Frankfort with her husband, Philip C. Lawson, where she began practicing with the firm and her father, J. Guthrie True. Whitney specializes in cases involving state criminal law, federal criminal law, domestic relations, disability law, and administrative law. She has represented clients throughout the judicial process, including and through jury trial. Her most recent high-profile case involved her representation of Toby Curtsinger, the main defendant involved with the “Pappy-gate” case before the Franklin Circuit Court. She has also represented clients before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Additionally, Whitney has been appointed as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which is a small panel of private lawyers appointed by the court to represent indigent clients in criminal cases before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Rachel Carmona is an accomplished, passionate attorney whose practice focuses on immigration and criminal defense. One of the few Kentucky attorneys who specializes in "crimmigation," Rachel works with criminal defense attorneys across the state to ensure compliance under Padilla v. Kentucky, which requires criminal defense counsel to advise defendants of the immigration consequences of guilty pleas. Licensed to practice in Kentucky, Rachel also practices before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, in both federal districts of Kentucky, and the 6th and 7th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. She has appeared before immigration courts throughout the country, and has extensive experience taking removal cases to trial and appeal. After graduating from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, she got her start as a public defender with the Louisville Metro Public Defender office and then went on to found Carmona Law. Rachel continues to serve as conflict counsel for the Louisville public defender's office. She is bilingual - fluent in Spanish and English; prior to law school, she worked as a Certified Court Interpreter for the Administrative Offices of the Courts of Kentucky and clerked at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Rachel is an avid Cards and Louisville City fan, and enjoys travel, cooking, and sports with her family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Duffy B. Trager is a Partner at the Russell Immigration Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky. He represents detained and non-detained clients before the Immigration Courts, USCIS, ICE, and various U.S. consulates abroad in a wide variety of immigration cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, naturalization, adjustment of status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status as well as immigrant and non-immigrant visas. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Prior to focusing exclusively on immigration law, Duffy practiced criminal defense as a Louisville Metro Public Defender where he received the Walker Award for excellence in advocacy. He has consulted on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and has presented on this and other immigration topics on Kentucky Tonight on PBS (2018 and 2019), the Kentucky Bar Association Annual Conference (2019), the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference (2017), the AILA National Conference (2017), and the Public Defender Education Conference (2017).
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