Seminar to explore 'Representing the Immigrant Client in Criminal Cases'

The Oakland County Bar Association will present “Representing the Immigrant Client in Criminal Cases” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at the OCBA offices in Bloomfield Hills. Russell R. Abrutyn, of Abrutyn Law PLLC, will be the featured speaker.

In the 2010 case of Padilla v Kentucky, the United State Supreme Court set forth the obligations of defense counsel representing non-citizen clients: criminal defense attorneys have an obligation to advise their clients about the risk of deportation inherent in a guilty plea. Since Padilla, the Supreme Court has ruled on several other cases regarding the rights of immigrant defendants in criminal proceedings.

Guest speaker Russell R. Abrutyn, of Abrutyn Law PLLC, has appeared in immigration and federal court on behalf of immigrant clients.  He will present an update on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Topics of discussion will include:

—Padilla v. Kentucky and Jae Lee v. U.S., the right of noncitizen defendants to receive advice about the immigration consequences of a plea and establishing prejudice.

—Immigration consequences of convictions beyond removal: Adam Walsh Act, admissibility, and naturalization.

—Common grounds of removal.

—HYTA, 7411, and other dispositions in Michigan that are convictions for immigration purposes.

This is the first seminar in a ten-part criminal law seminar series. These seminars will be presented later this year:

• February 20, “Pre-trial Reform: An Analysis of Local  and National Trends,” with Barbara M. Hankey of Oakland County Community Corrections.

• March 20, “Fire Arm Laws and Regulations,” with Lt. Mark Stout, West Bloomfield Police Department.

• April 17, “Trial Tactics: Character Evidence,” with Jeffrey S. Hall of Fried, Saperstien, Abbatt PC.

• May 15, “Trial Tactics: Cross-Examining a Snitch,” with Jerome Sabbota of Ribitwer & Sabbota LLP.

• June 19, “Mastering the Hearsay Rule and Its Exception,” with U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson, Eastern District of Michigan.

• August 21, “Representing the Client with Driver’s License Sanctions,” with Oakland County 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke.

• September 18, “Accident Reconstruction Reports in Criminal Cases,” with Timothy P. Robbins of Michigan State Police and M-CRASH Group LLC.

• October 16, “Post-verdict Consequences of a NGBRI or GBMI Plea,” with James A. Lee of Reliance Counseling Services LLC.

• November 20, “The Intersection of Criminal and Juvenile Law.” 

Attendees can bring their lunch and join for in-depth discussions of hot topics, emerging issues, and practice pointers in criminal law. All seminars are worth one credit for attorneys accepting criminal appointments. Some seminars may be worth credit for attorneys accepting juvenile appointments.
OCBA members pre-registration cost is $12 for each seminar or $100 for all ten seminars; OCBA members at the door pay $25 for each seminar.
Non-members pre-registration cost is $25 for each seminar or $40 at the door.

Pre-registration is recommended since seating is limited. Pre-registration for this seminar and for the members-only ten-seminar package ends January 15.

To register or for additional information, visit and click on “events.”