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Thursday, November 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Holistic Representation in Family Court: The Ins and Outs of Civil and Immigration Consequences

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As more and more attention is drawn nationally to the discriminatory and devastating outcomes of child removal proceedings in Family Court, their impact on collateral civil proceedings has been left out of the discussion. It is vital for family court practitioners and other legal services providers to identify and understand these consequences, which range from the loss of housing to immigration consequences, in order to ensure effective representation across forums. With a panel of family defense, general legal services, and immigration practitioners, the goal of this session is to briefly introduce legal services providers from all backgrounds to child welfare proceedings. Through active participation and contribution from audience members, the panel will identify the common collateral consequences of child welfare proceedings that affect other civil proceedings and vice versa. Finally, the panel will facilitate discussion on key opportunities to utilize knowledge of these impacts in order to influence outcomes.

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Vichal Kumar

Managing Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Vichal Kumar joined the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem as the managing attorney of the Civil Defense Practice. As managing attorney, Vichal supervises the practice representing clients in essential civil matters including immigration, asset forfeiture, eviction prevention... Read More →

Gigi Parris

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Gigi Parris is a supervising attorney on the Family Defense Team at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) in New York City. In her role at NDS, Gigi provides vigorous representation to indigent parents and caretakers charged with neglect and abuse of children in Family Court... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT