MCLE Classes & Events

General Law

Representing an Undocumented Person

This Follow-up Program to the 2018 Presentation by the Same Name Continues the Discussion on Addressing the Needs and Rights of an Undocumented Person in Immigration and Criminal Courts.

~ Attendance at the July 2018 presentation is not required. ~

Espinoza, Bernice

Bernice Espinoza
Law Office of the Public Defender

Ms. Espinoza is a Sonoma County Deputy Public Defender who specializes in those issues that arise from the intersection of criminal and immigration law (Crim Imm). Ms. Espinoza advises fellow Public Defenders on how best to represent their clients with regard to the immigration consequences of their pleas and charges while carrying a criminal defense caseload. Previously, Ms. Espinoza worked in the Riverside County Public Defender’s officer for 7 years, where she created and oversaw the Crim Imm program. Ms. Espinoza graduated with her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. As a student, she participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic (CARC) providing representation at all stages of asylum application process for refugees and worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

Emerick, Angela

Angela Emerick
Emerick Law Offices

For Ms. Emerick immigration law is not just a job; it is her passion, a passion sparked during her time working in restaurants while putting herself through college. During these periods she befriended many undocumented workers who were in this country trying to better their lives. She formed friendships and bonds. She was welcomed into their homes and heard their stories. These stories touched her and gave her focus as she set about collecting her fifth college degree, her Juris Doctor. Ms. Emerick understands the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and is proud to help those in their quest to become citizens.

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Heather Wise
Attorney at Law

Heather Wise is a former Public Defender employee and now a criminal defense attorney in private practice. She has used her experience to defend a variety of criminal cases, both misdemeanor and felony. She has also assisted Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorneys understand the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and advised how to mitigate those consequences. She additionally specializes in Post-conviction Immigration relief, researching and bringing motions to vacate convictions for non-citizen defendants, thus reducing adverse immigration consequences.

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time: Check-In: 2:45 pm; Presentation: 3:00—5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Bernice Espinoza, Law Office of the Public Defender

Angela Emerick, Emerick Law Offices

Heather Wise, Attorney at Law

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
*** Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street.
Do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

Registration Fee: $80–SCBA Members; $95–Public;
Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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