Immigration and Nationality Law Section

Composed of over 600 attorney members, the LACBA Immigration and Nationality Law Section provides continuing legal education programs in key immigration practice areas, mentorship through the Lunch with the Experts series and the Section Listserve, opportunities to serve in a pro bono capacity in our community, liaison activities with the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, an annual diversity celebration, and mixer events co-sponsored with other bar associations. The Section's Executive Committee monitors federal immigration legislation and comments on proposed regulations.

Please note that only licensed attorneys may join the Immigration and Nationality Law Section.

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Andres Ortiz

“Using Bad Cases for Your Clients’ Benefit in Crimmigration”
Friday, November 12, 2021
12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Click to view the member's only page for more info. Look under "Lunch with the Expert"


Please note that this virtual event, including attendees' Zoom video, audio and screen name, and questions or chats, may be recorded. All or portions of the event recording may be shared after the event. Individuals who do not want their identities to be captured are solely responsible for turning off their camera, muting their microphone and/or adjusting their screen name accordingly. By attending this event, you consent to your name, voice, and/or image being recorded and to LACBA immigration section reproducing, distributing and otherwise displaying the recording, within its sole discretion.

Andres Ortiz is a graduate of Loyola Law School. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers 2017-2021 and was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy’s pro bono attorney of the year for 2016.  Andres handles cases in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), superior and appellate courts of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, District Court of Arizona, District Court of Nevada, and the Second, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  Andres' federal litigation experience consists of federal criminal defense, post-conviction, and prolonged detainee litigation.  Andres also handles state post-conviction cases in numerous California counties.


  • For PCR- while Sanchez v. Mayorkas may have been devastating to many noncitizens looking to adjust status through a US Citizen spouse, it creates a procedural avenue to argue the standard immigration warnings fail to put noncitizen defendants on notice that they may lose TPS due to a plea that would ordinarily have no immigration consequences
  • For PCR- while DACA may offer fewer immigration protections and no direct path to permanent residency, the nature of deferred action is not defined by the admissibility/removability; consequently, the normal immigration investigation/advisements are of little use.
  • For the categorical approach- California criminalizes conduct that is not nearly as serious-sounding as the charges. Learn how to use these decisions to argue that your client is not removable/inadmissible despite having some serious-sounding convictions.

Section news will be added here as it becomes available.

Click here for Immigration Section documents and other information (Section members only)

This includes:
DHS Agencies and EOIR Liaison Meeting Minutes, Policies, Memos, and Procedures
Current updates, policies, and procedures for local immigration courts and CIS District offices and sub-offices, processing times and much more.
Please note:  when you access the link above, you'll be asked for your LACBA user name and password.

Immigration Legal Assistance Project Attorney Filing Service