Law School to host virtual Immigration CLE series in July/August

July 6, 2020

a truck drives along the border wall at the US/Mexico border

The UNM School of Law and the Jacqueline Marie Leaffer Foundation have teamed up to host the Border Justice Initiative’s Immigration CLE Series this summer. The series, which includes six sessions hosted virtually via Zoom, runs through the first week of August.

The series began with “Immigration 101,” a virtual Continuing Legal Education presentation by Rebecca Kitson, Esq. on Friday, June 26 and continues through Friday, August 7. These presentations have been approved by NMMCLE for 1.0 general CLE credits and are free for UNM School of Law alumni and members of the New Mexico Bar.

To register for the CLE, please email Cheryl Burbank at

After taking a break for the Independence Day holiday weekend, the series will continue with five more CLEs, all on Fridays, from noon to 1 p.m.:

  • July 10 – “Going to Court: Overview of Immigration Removal Procedure with Jessie Miles, Esq. and Daniel Caudillo, Esq. 
  • July 17 – “Stuck at the Border: Asylum in the time of COVID-19” with Taylor Levy, Esq. 
  • July 24 – “Immigration Bonds and Appeals” with Imelda Maynard, Esq. of Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico
  • July 31 – “Setting the People Free: Prolonged Detention and Habeas Corpus” with Rebecca Sheff, Esq. of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
  • August 7 – “Opportunities to Get Involved at the Border” hosted by Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
Border Justice Initiative’s Immigration CLE Series schedule

Jessie Miles, Esq. (Class of 2013) is a graduate of the UNM School of Law. Miles was a recipient of the Jerrold L Walden Award, received Clinical Honors, and currently leads Miles immigration Law, PLCC in El Paso, Texas. Daniel Caudillo, Esq. is a graduate of Texas Tech Law School and runs a firm specializing in immigration law with offices in El Paso and Odessa, Texas. Also based in El Paso, Texas, Taylor Levy, Esq. is a graduate of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2020, she was awarded the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Imelda Maynard, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Law School and has eight years of experience in immigration law. Rebecca Sheff, Esq. is a graduate of the New York University School of Law works for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in El Paso. She served as a Donald M. and Susan N. Wilson fellow through the Robert F. Kennedy non-profit organization in 2017.

 The Border Justice Initiative’s Immigration CLE Series is being presented by the UNM School of Law with funding from the Jacqueline Marie Leaffer Foundation.