Practical Guidelines for North Carolina Practitioners

Friday, February 16th
8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

8:50 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks: Immigration Practice and Immigration's Growing Impact on the Legal Profession in North Carolina

John L. Pinnix, Allen & Pinnix, P.A.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Practice Panel #1: The Business of Immigration Law

Natalie Prescott, Associate, DLA Piper LLP, San Franciso, CA
Steve Smalley, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C., Raleigh, NC
Andy Merrills, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C., Raleigh, NC
Amanda Bryant, Associate, Smith Debnam Narron Wyche Saintsing and Myers, LLP, Raleigh, NC
Anna Baird Choi, Partner, Bailey & Dixon, LLP, Raleigh, NC
Ame Coats, Associate, Allen & Pinnix, P.A., Raleigh, NC

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

North Carolina Public Policy Panel: The Future of Immigration Law and Related Issues in the North Carolina General Assembly and What They Mean for North Carolina Lawyers

Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Attorney, Hardison & Leone, LLP, Raleigh, NC
Rep. Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth), Joint Republican Caucus Leader, Certified Public Accountant and Business Consultant
Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), Partner, The Berger Law Firm, Eden, NC
Senator Ellie Kinnaird (D-Orange), Attorney, Carrboro, NC

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Federal Policy Panel: What to Expect with Immigration Reform in the 110th Congress

Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Washington, DC
Jeanne Butterfield, Executive Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Washington, DC

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 1:40 PM

1:40 PM

Recent Development: Two Views on the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA)

Holli B. Newsome
Erin K. Pleasant

1:40 PM - 1:50 PM

1:50 PM

Practice Panel #2: Immigration Law and North Carolina Practice

Michael Vastine, Assistant Professor & Immigration Clinic Director, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL
C. Lynn Calder, Partner, Allen & Pinnix, PA, Raleigh, NC
George Miller, Partner, Dozier, Miller, Pollard & Murphy, LLP, Charlotte, NC
Gabriel F. Jimenez, Founder & Member, Jimenez Law Offices, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
The Honorable Ann Marie Calabria, Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Saby Ghoshray, Vice President, World Compliance Company, Houston, TX

1:50 PM - 3:20 PM

3:20 PM

Wrap-Up & Adjournment

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM