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New Laws, New Policies, New Demands: How Small Law Firms Can Keep Up [Webinar]

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Find out what your small firm needs to do to keep up with change in this special one-hour edition of our Webinars for Busy Lawyers, In conjunction with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Chapter‘s New Members Division.


In 2017, legal change has never been more dramatic. The current White House administration has expressed its intention to continue its pace as it reverses policies from our previous administration. With one recent consequence, we witnessed waves of immigration lawyers flooding airports to triage urgent legal needs. This puts a huge burden on these practitioners to attempt to monitor and comprehend changes in policy while simultaneously responding to increasing client demands.

It is likely that these changes in laws and policies will continue to impact legal practitioners. It will be challenging. Your attitude and preparation for the challenges will determine much of your success and happiness in the immediate future. This webinar is designed to help you respond to the times by offering tips and resources to help relieve daily stressors and increase your practice efficiency.


Click here to download the presentation slides.


Practice management advisor Heidi Alexander and clinical psychologists Shawn Healy and Jeff Fortgang, both with LCL, explain how you can:

  • Stay organized
  • Aggregate news and information
  • Implement simple tech productivity tools
  • Manage your time + take breaks
  • Relieve stress in a positive way

Emily Amara Gordon, the chair of AILA NE’s New Members Division, joins to share what she’s doing to juggle current demands in her immigration law practice.

Below, we’ve compiled a number of resources available for lawyers responding to recent policy changes.



Clio is donating access to their cloud-based legal practice management software to lawyers doing work in response to the recent change in immigration policy. Find out more here.

Casetext is offering free access to Casetext’s premium legal research tools, including CARA to lawyers fighting for civil rights and civil liberties. Sign up here.

While the initial wave of on-location services to clients in airports has tapered, Sam Glover of Lawyerist, offered an important reminder that airport wi-fi is not a secure means of access. Read it here.

A group of attorneys created this app to refer immigrant and refugee arrivals to volunteer lawyers.


Immigration Law Trainings and Referral Groups

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Find updated guidance and resources for practicing immigration law following the recent policy changes. You can also find updated news on their Politics Ticker. To volunteer, email

ImmigrationJustice.US. AILA, the American Immigration Council, and the ABA Law Practice Division Futures Initiative built this website to help lawyers and coordinate efforts in response to the recent Executive Orders.  

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). Attend a training on Children in Removal Proceedings: Overview of Immigration Court, Case Process, and Forms of Legal Relief on March 1st – Register Here. You can also volunteer translation services by emailing

Practising Law Institute (PLI). Attend a Free Habeas Training on March 3rd via webcast – Register Here.

DC Bar Pro Bono Center. Find more on quarterly Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinics.

MetroWest Legal Services. Get more on upcoming trainings and information on their upcoming Immigration Clinic and Special Immigrant Juvenile Pro Bono project by emailing

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Massachusetts Chapter (CAIR-MA). Join their immigration attorney referral list.

Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR). Find out more about representing asylum-seeking clients and advising immigrants being detained.


Related Resource:

LCL MA Immigration Lawyers Support Group | Monthly Meetings (Free & Confidential, exclusively for the Massachusetts Legal Profession)

CATEGORIES: Client Relations | Lawyer's Quality of Life | Productivity

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