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Preparing for the Individual Hearing

In the weeks leading up to your client’s individual hearing, you will prepare your client and any witnesses to testify. The materials on this page will help you prepare for the hearing.

50 Min.

Successful Direct Examinations in Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
Our panel of experienced asylum litigators will explain how to prepare yourself and your client for direct examination in Immigration Court.


Keeping Them Safe: Preparing an Asylum Trial from Start to Finish

American Immigration Lawyers Association
An overview of the different aspects of putting together an asylum case, including offering witness testimony, exhibits, and trial strategy.
This resource is restricted to volunteers actively working on cases.

60 Min.

Trial Prep in Immigration Court: Direct and Cross Examination

American Immigration Lawyers Association
In this podcast expert removal defense practitioners Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Andrea Saenz, and Rebecca Sanchez-Roig discuss how to prepare your client and witnesses for direct and cross examination in removal proceedings, and how to handle issues that arise during testimony.
This resource is restricted to volunteers actively working on cases.


Mock Asylum Hearing

Prof. Michele Pistone, Villanova University
This video contains a mock asylum hearing for an asylum seeker from Guinea. It includes a direct and cross examination of the asylum seeker, as well as direct and cross examination of two experts.


Getting Off the Assembly Line: Overcoming Immigration Court Obstacles in Individual Cases

Appleseed Network
The Guide provides an overview of immigration court proceedings, as well as specific sections on working with clients in detention, obtaining client documents from the government, pre-hearing communications with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dealing with interpretation and videoconferencing challenges and reporting immigration judge and DHS attorney misconduct. The Guide also provides several template and sample documents to assist attorneys in these cases.

58 Min.

Storytelling in Immigration Court Cases

American Immigration Lawyers Association
What is one of the biggest challenges to winning your case? The immigration judge’s boredom. These practitioners share insights on how to engage the court through storytelling, trilogies, how to frame your client’s case as a plot line with character development and conflict resolution, and how effectively to confront weaknesses in your client’s case.
This resource is restricted to volunteers actively working on cases.

90 Min.

Incredibly Credible: Preparing Your Client to Testify

American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA’s panel of removal experts advise on best practices for preparing clients to testify during removal proceedings. Panelists discuss how to get clients ready for direct and cross examination, how to approach any inconsistencies in previous testimony or documents prepared by the government, and how to zealously represent clients dealing with cognitive or memory issues.
This resource is restricted to volunteers actively working on cases.

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