Challenging "Controlled Substance" Offenses Under the INA in the 8th Circuit

February 17, 2023, 12:15 to 1:15 pm

This was a virtual event that has already occurred. See information and links for viewing the recording and instructions on on-demand CLE credit.

Join The Binger Center for New Americans partners The Advocates for Human Rights and The University of Minnesota for a groundbreaking CLE to learn how to defend clients with drug convictions who are facing removal in immigration court.  After a recent Eighth Circuit decision, state drug offenses may no longer form a basis for deportation. Practitioners will explain why, under this new precedent, cocaine may not be cocaine, methamphetamine may not be methamphetamine, and isomers may make most drug convictions overbroad--and how immigration and criminal defense attorneys can use this precedent to secure better outcomes for their clients.

Watch a recording of the event

The University of Minnesota received 1.0 Standard Minnesota on-demand CLE credit for those who attended the live webinar or wish to view the videos from the live event held on February 17, 2023. 

CLE Credits
Rules for receiving on-demand credit:

  1. Viewing must take place between 3/7/2023 and 3/7/2025. 
  2. Register for the CLE.
  3. Viewers can submit questions to course faculty by emailing
  4. Viewers can confirm their completion of the course by completing the course evaluation.
  5. After you have listened to the recording, you will need to report the on-demand course in the OASIS system and input the date you watched the CLE to receive credit.  On-demand CLE code: #481042
John Bruning

Supervising Litigation Attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights

Lauren Butler

Detainee Rights Clinic Student, Binger Center for New Americans

Susan Jorgensen Flores

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense 

Mahmoud Ahmed