Navigating the Troubled Waters of Immigration

"Navigating the Troubled Waters of Immigration"


2.00 Hours of Ethics Credit

Navigating the Troubled Waters of Immigration” will address the challenges of immigration at the national and state level, the many problems related to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), the detention of foreign nationals and how to effectively represent foreign nationals, and the intersection of immigration and litigation. This seminar is co-sponsored by the LSBA Diversity Committee's Pipeline to Diversity Subcommittee and the LSBA's Immigration Law Section.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Registration: 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
CLE: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Cook Hotel and Conference Center, 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
Cost: $35/attendee
Cancellation Policy:  All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to; telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received in writing before October 23, 2015 will be fully refunded minus a $10.00 administrative fee. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received by October 23, 2015, no refunds or credits will be issued of any kind. Credits will be processed within two weeks of receipt of the cancellation request.

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Speaker Bios:

Moderator - Ashley Foret Dees is an immigration attorney at Ashely Foret Dees, Immigration Law, who represents employers and individuals through the complex immigration process. She has years of experience handling cases involving visas, detainment, and removal, and understands how to handle complicated matters in immigration courts. She has spoken at one of the biggest conferences for immigration law - the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) annual conference and MidSouth Chapter Conference - regarding H-2B visas. She has also spoken at The Annual Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Seminar.

Mrs. Dees has served on the AILA National Pro Bono Committee; She current serves on the AILA MidSouth Chapter as Pro Bono Chair for a second year in a row and the State Bar of Texas, as the Immigration Section VP of Asylee and Refugee Issues. She is also founder and chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Immigration Law Section.

Kathleen Gasparian is the founder of Gasparian Immigration a boutique immigration law firm in New Orleans. Kathleen is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served as the Chair and Treasurer of AILA’s Mid-South Chapter, and as the chair of AILA’s national liaison committee to the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  She regularly serves as an expert speaker at AILA, NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and other continuing legal education conferences.  She serves as a Regulatory Ombudsperson for Scholar Issues for NAFSA Region III, on the Board for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University, New Orleans. Kathleen has authored and co-authored a number of articles on immigration including “An Immigration Primer for Primary and Secondary Schools” in The Admissions Review, and “Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant” in the 2012 Immigration Practice Pointers, published by AILA.  Gambit, the alternative weekly in New Orleans, named her one of its “40 under 40” for her success as an attorney. 

In 2014, she founded a program to match immigrant children with pro bono legal representation - PB&J: Pro Bono and Juveniles, and she was recognized by Super Lawyers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the National Organization for Women for her efforts.  

Glenda McGraw Regnart is currently the Executive Director of Central Louisiana Interfaith Immigration Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.  Ms. Regnart spent approximately fifteen years working in the federal government, most of which was with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement serving as Chief Counsel for the New Orleans Field Office.  Ms. Regnart was stationed at the Oakdale, Louisiana Federal Detention Complex and prosecuted immigration cases involving national security and high profile removals.   Most recently, Ms. Regnart served as the sole Administrative Hearing Officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, and as Counsel to the Firm for Cascadia Cross Border Law. 

Ms. Regnart is a native of LeCompte, Louisiana, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana College, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.  She is a member of the Mississippi and Alaska Bar Associations. 

Emily C. Trostle
is the Immigrant Child Advocate Coordinator of the Louisiana Esperanza Project at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2014 and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Spanish from Smith College. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). While a student at Loyola College of Law Emily held leadership roles in several public interest student organizations such as National Lawyers Guild, Lambda Law Alliance and the Public Interest Law Group. She was a member of the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law and served as a student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice Immigration Section. She is the recipient of a 2014 Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award. 

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