13th Annual Conference on Immigration Law and Criminal Acts

Date: Dec 13, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $180

Non-Member Price: $225

Section Price: $169

Event Code: I131423

Areas of Law: Immigration

Earn up to 6.4 credits, including 2.1 in Ethics! (More Information)




Harlan G. York, Esq.
Harlan York & Associates, Newark


Hon. Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr., J.S.C.
Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex Vicinage
Hon. Sohail Mohammed, P.J.Cr.
Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Lauren Anselowitz, Esq.
Harlan York & Associates, Newark
Laura K. Gasiorowski, Esq.
Stahl Gasiorowski Criminal Defense Lawyers PC, Westfield
Jerard Gonzalez, Esq.
Bastarrika, Soto, Gonzalez & Somohano, LLP, Woodland Park
Ronald P. Mondello, Esq.
Ronald P. Mondello PC, Fair Lawn
is a solo practitioner in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in immigration, municipal, land use and criminal law. He focuses predominately on what legal scholars refer to as “crimmigration”, the intersection of crimes and immigration, advises criminal defense attorneys on how to avoid deportation for their foreign national clients with “safe haven” pleas, and has extensive experience filing post-conviction relief petitions based on constitutional infirmities. Mr. Mondello also represents corporate and individual clients before New Jersey planning and zoning boards, and also represents and defends municipal clients in municipal litigation and land use litigation. The Hoboken Cannabis Review Board Attorney, he is Special Litigation Counsel for Fair Lawn, has been Special Legal Counsel for the Borough of New Milford, Washington Township and Saddle Brook, and serves as Board Attorney for the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Boards of several municipalities.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Florida, Mr. Mondello has been a member of the New Jersey State, Bergen County, Passaic County and Morris County Bar Associations. He has served as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the NJSBA Cannabis Law and Local Government Law Sections, a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Municipal Cannabis Subcommittee.

Mr. Mondello is a frequent lecturer on “crimmigration” issues for CLE providers and is especially known for his seminar designed to educate New Jersey criminal defense attorneys on how to avoid Ineffective Assistance Claims when representing foreign nationals. A former adjunct professor at Bergen and Passaic County Community Colleges, he has also taught business organizations, immigration and criminal law at the Academy for Legal Assistant Training.

Mr. Mondello received his B.A. from William Paterson College, his M.B.A. in General Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his J.D. from Loyola University. He served as a law clerk with the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia and to the Honorable Marguerite T. Simon, Bergen County, and to the Passaic County Prosecutor.
Thomas E. Moseley, Esq.
Law Offices of Thomas E. Moseley, Newark
Labe M. Richman, Esq.
Law Offices of Labe Richman, New York

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA's Immigration Law and Criminal Law Sections

"Crimmigration" is a complex area, full of traps for the unwary. Learn how to avoid them in our timely program. This program features an experienced faculty of esteemed judges and renowned lawyers who will teach you to navigate through deportation land mines. They will use real-life examples and hypotheticals to demonstrate how to avoid exposure to ineffective assistance claims while providing your clients with the best representation possible.

The crossover between immigration and criminal law is complex and requires a unique set of strategies to get the best results for your clients. Criminal convictions can change immigration status and have life-altering ramifications for your clients. Before entering a plea on behalf of a client or representing one at any stage in a criminal case, even in municipal court, attorneys must understand the consequences criminal convictions can have on immigration status and know how to proceed in a criminal matter, keeping in mind that deportation risks are possible.

Top immigration lawyers and criminal defense attorneys -- who have represented foreign nationals charged with a host of offenses -- offer their expert advice with this informative program. The panel will share best practices for helping clients facing criminal charges in municipal, state and federal courts. Case studies will illustrate the importance of knowing the law or risk exposure to claims of violating your client's Sixth Amendment rights.

Practitioners must also provide competent representation in Immigration Court under the Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process. The panelists will offer guidance on how to prepare cases for foreign nationals facing removal for crimes. And finally, the discussion will cover what to expect next in the world of post-conviction relief in New Jersey and other states and new, related developments in the Biden administration.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Introduction - Harlan G. York, Esq.
  • 9:05 | Detention – Hon. Sohail Mohammed, JSC; Lauren Anselowitz, Esq. 
  • 10:00 | Crimes - Jerard Gonzalez, Esq.; Thomas E. Moseley, Esq.
  • 10:45 | Break
  • 10:50 | NJ PCR- Ronald P. Mondello, Esq.
  • 11:30 | Issues at state trial and sentencing and the judicial perspective; competency and ineffective assistance of counsel issues (Rule 1.1) - Hon. Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr., JSC; Jerard Gonzalez, Esq. 
  • 12:15 | Lunch
  • 12:45 | NY PCR - Labe M. Richman, Esq.
  • 1:30 | Federal sentencing and cultural issues; competency and ineffective assistance of counsel issues continued (Rule 1.1) - Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi; Laura K. Gasiorowski, Esq.
  • 2:30 | Panel Discussion; Q & A
  • 3:00 | Adjourn 

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.4 hours of total CLE credit, including 2.1 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 2.1, NJ General: 4.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 2.0, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 4.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.5, PA Substantive Credit: 3.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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