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The Intersection between Criminal and Immigration Law

Session 3: 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM  |  Room 301

The panel will provide an overview of the implications of criminal law on immigration law. Panelists will break down the most consequential outcomes criminal convictions can have on non-citizens. It will highlight key case law in the 4th circuit and best practices for criminal defense practitioners working with non-citizen clients. The forum will also cover the racist dimensions of these systems and their manifestations most evident in the limitations criminal histories impose on immigration relief. Panelists will advise practitioners on the implications of their own legal advocacy and the various intersecting practices with immigration work. The panel will also discuss the dangers and discrimination embedded in the “good and bad immigrant” and what legal practitioners can do to best support non-citizen clients.


  1. Maureen Sweeney, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  2. Adam Crandell, Eldridge, Nachtman & Crandell, LLC
  3. Monica Mananzan, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition