Immigration Law 101: What All Attorneys Should Know

Nov. 18th at Noon

This continuing legal education event will take place via Zoom on November 18th at noon. It is free and open to both lawyers and the general public, but registration is required. Register here.


  • Immigration Law Introduction and Background
  • Intersections with:
    • Criminal Law
    • Family law and juvenile courts
    • Crime Victims (VAWA and U visas)
  • Identifying possible immigration issues for referral to immigration counsel.
  • Common Misconceptions
  • Immigration Law Categories
  • Common problems and barriers to immigration:
    • Inadmissibility
    • Grounds for deportability
    • Removal proceedings
  • Possible Solutions to common problems and barriers to Immigration:
    • Affirmative
    • Defensive
  • Screening questions that may help you know when to refer a client to an immigration attorney.

About the Presenter

Amelia Steadman McGowan is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Immigration Clinic Director at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Amelia served as the Immigration Campaign Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice, where she focused her practice on appellate representation of asylum seekers and led a team of pro bono attorneys to represent over 100 Mississippians impacted by the 2019 ICE raids in central Mississippi. Amelia also worked as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where she taught Immigration Law and directed the school’s Immigration Clinic since its founding in 2015 until May 2022. Amelia has served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration since 2021 and represents the ABA in an international asylum working group as part of the Law Societies’ Compact and Forum. Amelia is a graduate of Tulane University, where she received her J.D. and M.A. in Latin American Studies, as well as the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her B.A. in History and Spanish and participated in study abroad/cultural exchange programs in Vietnam and Panama.

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Professor Amelia Steadman McGowan, Immigration Clinic Director—University of Arkansas School of Law