Originally presented at our Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 9-11, 2021
A discussion of the current issues in the analysis of immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Speakers: W. Michael Sharma-Crawford, Attorney at Law, Kansas City; Raymond R. Bolourtchi, Cofman & Bolourtchi LLC, St. Louis
Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.
Raymond Bolourtchi has achieved national recognition for his expertise in immigration and criminal defense matters. He represents clients seeking relief from removal and deportation proceedings throughout the country, and practices in state, federal and immigration courts. He has assisted hundreds of clients obtain citizenship and naturalization.
Mr. Bolourtchi's passion for immigration issues motivates him to fight zealously for his clients, and he is a true advocate in each and every case.
Mr. Bolourtchi speaks fluent Spanish, French, Catalan, Farsi, and Italian.
Author and lecturer on immigration topics, including immigration consequences of criminal convictions; expert witness and consultant on guilty pleas and immigration law; quoted in St. Louis Post Dispatch; National Mentor to other attorneys in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in areas of removal and deportation and family immigration.
He received his J.D., from Saint Louis University School of Law, in 1995, and his B.A., from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael Sharma-Crawford is a principal in Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law. He has been defending non-citizens in removal proceedings since 2002. In 2011 he and his partner Rekha Sharma-Crawford opened The Clinic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit law clinic that provides representation to indigent non-citizens in the Kansas City Immigration Court.
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