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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Judith L. Wood, Esq.

Friday, April 16, 2021
12:00 -1:30 p.m.
Click to view the member's only page for more info. Look under "Lunch with the Expert"


JUDITH L WOOD, also known as Saint Judy, is a renowned, Los Angeles-based Immigration Attorney specializing in political asylum. Judy has been practicing Immigration Law in Los Angeles since 1984, and has many published decisions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Fourth and other circuits, as well as Precedent decisions in Board of Immigration Cases. Her landmark victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Nasseri v. Moschorak, opened the door for women fleeing violence to seek refuge in the United States. Previously, she worked as a public defender in New Mexico and as the chief law clerk for the Chief Justice in NM Supreme Court. Judy graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1981. In this presentation, she will be discussing the recent developments in the Law of Asylum, including, but not limited to, restrictions on Domestic Violence, recent Presidential Proclamations limiting the ability to file for Asylum, restrictions on availability of right to representation in Immigration Courts, and various inroads made recently in several Courts of Appeals.


• DHS Public Charge Rule Invalidated
o Forms affected by the change as of March 9, 2021
o Dismissal of U.S. Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit appeals and its effect
o DHS 1999 Interim Field guidance on public charge
• Biden Administration Grants TPS for Venezuela and Burma
o TPS for Venezuelans for 18 months
▪ Eligibility and application process
o January 2021 DED memorandum for Venezuelans
▪ Eligibility and application process
o Venezuelans nations eligible for both TPS and DED
o TPS for Burmese nationals for 18 months
▪ Eligibility and application process
• Recission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 & 9983
o President Biden’s “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States”
• President Biden’s Revocation of Proclamation 10014, section 1 of Proclamation 10052, and section 1 of Proclamation 10131
o Implementation of this order for immigrant visa applicants:
▪ Not yet interviewed
▪ Previously refused
▪ Diversity Visa 2020 Applicants
▪ Diversity Visa 2021 Applicants
• Nonimmigrant Visa Ban
o H/L/J nonimmigrant proclamation
o Foreign nationals subject to the ban
o Exemption from the ban
• U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
o Path to permanent residence and citizenship for undocumented. DACA, TPS, and H-2A status individuals


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