CLINIC Convening 2024

Hilton Minneapolis Hotel & Minneapolis Convention Center
May 29 - 31, 2024


Registration is Now Open


What is CLINIC Convening?

CLINIC Convening is CLINIC’s annual conference that brings together legal practitioners, advocates and nonprofit leaders from all over the country to network, learn and gain insight about the current state of immigration law. CLINIC Convening is the only conference that provides a comprehensive education on immigration law, program management and advocacy. We come together not only to educate and share our work in immigration but also to celebrate the impact and contribution of immigrants through this country’s history.

Join 600 immigrant advocates in Minneapolis, May 29-31, as we continue protecting the legal rights of immigrant families and promoting their dignity in the Catholic tradition of welcoming the stranger for more than 30 years.

CLINIC Convening 2024 will be an in-person event, held at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel & Convention Center, May 29-31, 2024. There is not a virtual option for the 2024 event.



  • Network with CLINIC affiliates, staff and leaders in the field
  • Learn local, state and federal advocacy tools
  • Discover new tools in our general skills workshops
  • Advanced trainings on immigration law topics
  • Specialty trainings for experienced practitioners 
  • Trainings on sustaining and expanding immigration legal services programs
  • Government speakers
  • CLE credit hours
  • Explore Minneapolis



Once you click the link to register, you will be taken to a log-in page on CLINIC's new Events Portal where you should click "Sign up now" to create an account using your organizational email address. You can use this screenshot tutorial to guide you through the process, and if you experience issues registering for CLINIC Convening 2024, please direct your questions to for support. Registration will close on Wednesday, May 15, or when CLINIC has reached capacity at the hotel, whichever occurs first. CLINIC Convening 2024 will be an in-person event, held at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel and at the Minneapolis Convention Center (attached via skybridge to hotel), May 29-31, 2024. There is not a virtual option for the 2024 event. The registration fee includes access to workshop sessions on all three days of Convening, the Welcome Reception on 5/29, breakfasts and refreshment breaks on 5/30 and 5/31, the Awards Luncheon on 5/31.

Early-Bird Registration Notice
The registration window for the Early Bird rate has ended. However, we will honor the Early Bird rate for eligible CLINIC Affiliates. Early Bird pricing is closed today (3/1). It will re-open on Tuesday, March 5. 

Only CLINIC Affiliates who paid their 2024 dues by the Jan. 31 deadline were eligible for Early Bird registration rates. These affiliates received a link earlier this month to register. 

Cancellation notices must be sent via email to Cancellations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 8th and are subject to a $100 administrative fee.  Refunds will not be accepted after May 8th.

Transfer requests must be sent via email to Transfers will only be accepted for colleagues within the same organization through May 20th. 


Registration Rates

Type Rate
CLINIC Affiliate Early Bird (CLINIC Affiliates with paid 2024 dues - Feb.15 - Feb. 29) $450
CLINIC Affiliates (CLINIC Affiliates with paid 2024 dues - Registration rate starting on March 1) $475
Nonprofit Agency Staff $600
Government Employees $600
Law Students $550
Private Attorneys and Staff $750


Hotel and Travel Information

Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
 (612) 376-1000
Check in: 3 p.m. | Check out: 11 a.m.

The Hilton Minneapolis Hotel offers CLINIC attendees discounted hotel accommodations for $189, plus 15.03%, per room, per night in applicable taxes. Hotel accommodations are “first come, first served” and may sell out at any time. The CLINIC hotel rate will be available until Monday, May 6, 2024, or until the room block sells out. On May 7, 2024, all unreserved rooms will be released to the general public. Please reserve your hotel room through the CLINIC Convening hotel online reservation page.

The Hilton Minneapolis Hotel is located 12 miles away from Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Taxi service from the airport to the hotel, is available with fares averaging $39-$49. Ride Share services are also available. For more information regarding transportation options in Minneapolis, please visit the Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport Travel page.

Hotel Room Sharing Option
CLINIC provides the hotel room sharing option to assist Convening participants in arranging affordable hotel accommodations. However, CLINIC cannot guarantee any room sharing arrangements and bears no liability for any such arrangements. Please review the Room Sharing Agreement for more information. The room sharing option is only available to registered Convening participants and sign up is available during the registration process.


Workshop Tracks

Over three days, industry experts lead workshops for learners of all levels on how to navigate the United States’ complex immigration legal system. More than two dozen workshops on a variety of legal subjects, policy updates and program management tools focus on the following tracks:

  • Litigating Before the Immigration Courts
    Workshops that focus on the practice of law with cases before the immigration courts and discuss how clients can expose themselves to removal and what you can do about it. Recommended for legal advocates with an existing understanding of the fundamentals of removal proceedings and/or who are already practicing before the courts.
  • Securing Access to Immigration Status
    Workshops that focus on the practice of law with affirmative cases before USCIS such as family base immigration law and naturalization. Recommended for legal advocates with an existing understanding of the fundamentals of family-based immigration law and/or who already practicing or supporting family based or naturalization petitions before USCIS.
  • Upholding Dignity for All
    Workshops that take a look at trending topics in immigration law, along with a deep dive into special cases including humanitarian based relief and religious workers. Recommended for legal advocates with an existing understanding of the fundamentals of immigration law.
  • Protecting Rights Through Advocacy
    Workshops that explore advocacy strategies and policy to protect and defend immigrant communities. Recommended for all advocates with an existing understanding of the fundamentals of immigration law.
  • Building Sustainable and Dignified Programs
    Workshops that discuss effective strategies around building sustainable and impactful immigration legal services programs. Recommended for anyone who currently oversees immigration legal services programs or supports areas of program management and development for their organization.



Times are listed using Central Daylight Time in May. The schedule is subject to change with additional sessions added weekly.

Wednesday, May 29

08:00 am - 07:00 pm   CLINIC Convening Registration Open

08:30 am - 04:00 pm   Equifax ICM (formerly LawLogix) Power User Workshop 2024
                                      (Separate Registration Required; Directions for registration will be sent to registered Convening participants only)              

10:00 am - 04:00 pm    Representing Asylum Seekers in Removal Proceedings 
                                      (Separate Registration Required; Additional Fee) 

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm   Welcome Plenary

06:30 pm - 09:00 pm   Opening Reception

Thursday, May 30

07:00 am - 07:45 am   Mass

07:00 am - 05:00 pm   Registration Open

07:45 am 08:45 am   Breakfast Open

08:00 am 05:00 pm   Exhibits Open

09:00 am 10:30 am   Concurrent Workshops

                                     1. Trends, Surprises, and Hot Topics in Immigration Court
                                     2. Uncovering the Mysteries of Consular Processing
                                     3. Problem Scenarios in U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment Cases
                                     4. Immigration Policy: The Year in Review and a Look Ahead
                                     5. Ethical Considerations for Immigration Practice

10:30 am - 11:00 am   Refreshment Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm   Concurrent Workshops

                                     1. Community Care: Working Through Vicarious Trauma and Burnout 
                                     2. Establishing Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases
                                     3. TPS: Make it Make Sense!
                                     4. Partnering with Local Government
                                     5. Representing Families in Removal Proceedings

12:45 pm - 02:15 pm   CLINIC Awards Luncheon 

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm   Concurrent Workshops

                                     1. All About Priority Dates
                                     2. Hot Topics
                                     3. Best Practices Around Pro Se Workshops
                                     4. Interactive Policies and Procedures Workshop

04:15 pm - 05:45 pm   Concurrent Workshops

                                     1. Practical Conversations: Removal Cases
                                     2. Preparing for N-400 Interviews with a Focus on N-648 Preparation
                                     3. Dealing with Denials
                                     4. The State of Play of DACA: What's Next?
                                     5. Community Care: Working Through Vicarious Trauma and Burnout for Managers

Friday, May 31

07:00 am - 07:45 am  Mass

07:00 am - 02:00 pm  Registration Open

07:45 am - 08:45 am  Breakfast Open

08:00 am - 04:00 pm  Exhibits Open

09:00 am - 10:30 am  Concurrent Workshops

                                    1. Ethical Considerations in Limited Scope Representation
                                    2. Practical Conversations: Family Based Naturalization and Affirmative Cases
                                    3. Overview of Self-petitioning Under the Violence Against Women Act
                                    4. Practical Conversations: Adapting to Community Needs
                                    5. Be a DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Champion

10:30 am - 11:00 am  Refreshment Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm  Concurrent Workshops

                                    1. Working with an Expert Witness
                                    2. Navigating the I-751 Filing Process
                                    3. Representing Cubans
                                    4. Case Escalation CR
                                    5. An Interactive Workshop: Getting Your DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Application Ready

12:30 pm - 02:15 pm  Lunch on Your Own 

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm  Concurrent Workshops

                                     1. A Deep Dive into Particular Social Groups
                                     2. Navigating Inadmissibility and Discretion for Controlled Substance and Alcohol Issues
                                     3. USCIS Backlogs on the Rise for Religious Workers: Here's What You Should Know
                                     4. Practical Conversations: Developing Programs

04:00 pm                     Exhibits Close & End of Convening


Continuing Legal Education

CLE for Attorney Participants
Certificates will only be distributed to those who attend live workshops. Certificates will be sent approximately two weeks after CLINIC Convening 2024.

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training. If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live workshop you attend, for up to a total of 10.5 credit hours. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

DOJ Accredited Representatives and other nonprofit professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for CLINIC Convening 2024.


CLINIC Events Health Policy

CLINIC makes the health and safety of all conference attendees a priority. We are committed to following all U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as well as local health and facility protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will adopt enhanced health and safety measures, as appropriate, at CLINIC Convening 2024. The following minimum standards are currently required for in-person participation.

Attendee Requirements
The following minimum standards are currently required for in-person participation. Note: all requirements are subject to change. Updates to the requirements will be made on the event website, on the CLINIC Events app and will be communicated by email.

CLINIC Health and Safety Protocols

  • CLINIC will have hand sanitizer and face masks available to all attendees.
  • CLINIC will utilize a low-contact check-in process at registration.
  • CLINIC will ensure hand sanitizer stations are positioned at key high-traffic areas.
  • CLINIC will work with the hotel to ensure regular disinfecting and cleaning of high-traffic areas and touch points.


Lily Gutierrez Memorial Fund

In memory of Lily Gutierrez, former CLINIC Regional Director and longtime Board Member, who devoted her life to serving migrants and newcomers, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. has created the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Fund.

Lily Gutierrez, a native of El Paso and accredited immigration representative, was a vital figure in the Catholic Church's work with newcomers for 40 years, working at CLINIC since its inception in 1988 until 1998, and subsequently serving two terms on its board of directors from 2001 to 2007. Her legacy includes the countless individuals she helped immigrate to the United States, the families she reunited who now have made their lives in the United States because of her assistance, the foundation she laid for CLINIC’s network, the charitable immigration programs she established and the working relationships she nurtured with immigration agencies nationwide.

Lily was well-known and well-loved throughout the country. She began her career as an immigration legal services provider with the U.S. Catholic Conference. A familiar face at the ports of entry, she welcomed newly arrived immigrants processed through the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, upon their first entry through the El Paso ports.

She led the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees arriving in El Paso in the late 1970s and became a national expert in the resettlement process throughout the next three decades. She played a lead role in the refugee resettlement program in El Paso, welcoming people from Ethiopia, Cuba, China, Iraq, Iran and many other countries.

Her message was always clear: people are more important than laws; migration is a reality, especially in the U.S.-Mexico border region; and no matter their reason for migrating or immigration status, the human dignity and rights of people must be protected at all costs. CLINIC has chosen to honor Lily’s legacy by extending (in her name) the work she did so devotedly to create charitable immigration programs throughout the nation.

Contributions to the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Fund provide scholarships, covering the cost of registration, to the staff of CLINIC affiliates whose organizational budgets prohibit them from attending CLINIC Convening. Please donate here and add "LG Fund" to the "Memo" field. Thank you for your support.


CLINIC Convening Over the Years


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Sponsorship and Exhibiting

CLINIC Convening’s most successful sponsors and exhibitors are organizations that provide resources or services to immigration attorneys, community-based organizations, nonprofits, religious institutions or advocacy groups. Past sponsors and exhibitors have included, but are not limited to:

  • Government agencies 
  • Associations for legal professionals 
  • Consulates 
  • National religious organizations 
  • Immigrant advocacy groups 
  • Volunteer service organizations 
  • Legal research subscriptions 
  • Legal technology 
  • Translation services 
  • Visa service providers 

View our CLINIC Convening 2024 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities!

For questions, or to become a sponsor, please contact