409. Crimmigration 101

DATE: Saturday, July 22, 2017      TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

Since the landmark case of Padilla v. Kentucky in 2010, the practice of criminal law and immigration law has explicitly brought together two seemingly disparate areas of the law that have profound impacts on the lives of the clients they touch. The importance of “crimmigration law” is highlighted by the federal government’s recent changes to enforcement and policy priorities for non-citizens. For those practitioners who want to know about how these worlds intersect, this CLE provides an overview of the law, instruction on the ways immigration and criminal law come together, as well as practical advice on how to incorporate both areas into your practice.

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Jesse Hsieh

Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office

Jesse Hsieh is a Deputy Public Defender at the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office currently assigned to the felony trial team. He represents people accused of crimes in state superior court from arraignment through sentencing. After law school, he worked at A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles for six months and then for three years at the East Bay Community Law Center in the Clean Slate Unit. He is the Training Director of the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and was formerly the Contra Costa County representative of the same organization. Jesse graduated from UCLA Law, where he was a student facilitator at the Reentry Legal Clinic. He also served as the Business Manager of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal, the Secretary of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association, and volunteered at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. He received a B.A. in Psychology, a minor in Pre-Law, and a minor in Math from CSULA.

Staff Attorney, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Saira Hussain

Saira Hussain is a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Justice Reform program at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Her work focuses on disentangling federal immigration enforcement from local law enforcement through policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition-building. She also tracks and addresses violations of the TRUST and TRUTH Acts, California laws that place limitations on local law enforcement’s interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In addition, Saira litigates police misconduct cases, most recently involving violations of language access and local sanctuary ordinances. Saira began working with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus as a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow in the Immigrant Rights’ Program, where she focused on representation of immigrants in deportation proceedings. Saira received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Ali Saidi

Deputy Public Defender (Immigration), Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office


Ali Saidi currently works at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office where he serves as the county’s first Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney. Mr. Saidi specializes in the intersection between immigration law and criminal law regularly provides expert assistance as well as continuing legal education trainings for public defender offices, clinics and bar associations throughout the Bay Area regarding representation of non-citizens in criminal proceedings. Ali received his B.A. from the University of California, at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked for the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office for several years before going into private practice where he spent over a decade practicing both criminal defense and deportation defense. Mr. Saidi has represented hundreds of individuals charged with serious crimes in California state courts and has represented non-citizens in deportation and removal proceedings in immigration court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has provided oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in several cases, including oral argument leading to the published decision in Rebilas v. Mukasey, 527 F.3d 783 (9th Cir. 2008).