Providing Testimony

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Best Practices in Representing Asylum-Seekers: A Video Resource for Pro Bono Attorneys

Michele R. Pistone. "Best Practices in Representing Asylum-Seekers: A Video Resource for Pro Bono Attorneys" (2005, 4 hours total). Six training video clips--First client interview preparation; First client interview; Master calendar hearing; Sixth client interview; Immigration Court hearing preparation; Immigration Court hearing.
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Link: http://www.ali-aba.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=courseproducts.asylum

Expert Witness in Immigration Proceedings

Malphrus, Garry (2010), Immigration Law Advisor - A Monthly Legal Publication of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Vol. 4, No. 5, 1-14

This article examines case law from the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal circuit courts of appeals addressing the use of expert evidence in immigration proceedings, including questions of admissibility and weight. It also discusses the Federal Rules of Evidence regarding expert evidence as a possible guide to assist in navigating this terrain.

Link: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/vll/ILA-Newsleter/ILA%202010/vol4no5.pdf

Immigration Court Proceedings

Immigration Equality Asylum Manual (2006), Immigration Equality, Chapter 27
Detailed overview of the proceedings from the Master Calendar hearing to the judge’s decision.

Link: http://www.immigrationequality.org/issues/law-library/lgbth-asylum-manual/immigr...

Testimony Example

Unauthenticated transcript of testimony by medical examiner Dr. Sondra Crosby in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi detainee accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the destroyer Cole. Dr. Crosby's direct examination begins on page 7; pertinent questions on page 10. An excellent example of the kinds of questions and kind of experience that an expert witness in torture treatment may encounter.

Link: http://www.mc.mil/Portals/0/pdfs/alNashiri2/Al%20Nashiri%20II%20%28TRANS24April2...