Immigration Judge Webinar

The Immigration Judge Announcement is OUT !
19 vacancies open; closing Oct. 8, 2019

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2 90-Min Webinars - Oct. 8 deadline

Writing the IJ Application -
Immigration Judge Federal Resume
and 6 QRF Narratives

Speaker:

Writing and Application Insight
from Attorney IJ and ALJ Expert
Nicole Schultheis, JD

90 MIN LIVE WEBINAR DATES AND TIMES:

Fri. Oct. 4, 6 pm ET
Sat. Oct. 5, 10 am ET
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Included in the webinar - Writing the ALJ Federal Resume
(The ALJ Resume is similar / same as the IJ Federal Resume)

IJ Federal Resume and Narrative Writing

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Instructor: Nicole Schultheis

Nicole Schultheis has helped hundreds of attorneys and other senior candidates compete successfully for federal positions. In addition to Administrative Law Judge candidates, she has helped aspiring Administrative Judges, Hearing Officers, Immigration Judges and Administrative Patent Judges. She has supported legal and law enforcement candidates at the Department of Justice, FBI, ICE, CBP, DHS, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Defense, as well as applicants to numerous agency Offices of General Counsel, Inspectors General, and Legislative Counsel offices.

THIS WEBINAR WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT ON HOW TO WRITE THE FEDERAL RESUME TO COVER THE 7 YEARS OF QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE IN LITIGATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:

Responsibilities
Immigration Judges preside in formal, quasi-judicial hearings. Proceedings before Immigration Judges include but are not limited to deportation, exclusion, removal, rescission, and bond. Immigration Judges make decisions which are final unless formally appealed. In connection with these proceedings, Immigration Judges exercise certain discretionary powers as provided by law, and are required to exercise independent judgment in reaching final decisions. Immigration Judges may be required to conduct hearings in penal institutions and other remote locations.

Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B., LL.M., or a J.D. degree.
-AND- Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the date of your admission to the bar).
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Experience: Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of post-bar experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or appealing formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level.

Qualifying litigation experience involves cases in which a complaint was filed with a court, or a charging document (e.g., indictment or information) was issued by a court, a grand jury, or appropriate military authority. Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body.

THIS WEBINAR WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT ON HOW TO WRITE THE 6 NARRATIVES
WITH SPECIFIC CASE EXAMPLES:

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. This determination will be based, in part, on the following quality ranking factors (QRF's):

  1. Ability to demonstrate the appropriate temperament to serve as a judge.
  2. Knowledge of immigration laws and procedures.
  3. Substantial litigation experience, preferably in a high volume context.
  4. Experience handling complex legal issues.
  5. Experience conducting administrative hearings.
  6. Knowledge of judicial practices and procedures.

+++++ NOTICE THAT NONE OF THE KSAS (above)
REQUEST DIRECT IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE +++++

It is not expected that every successful applicant will have experience with all six of the QRFs. However, applicants are required to address each of the 6 QRFs in narrative form, to the best of the applicant's ability.

The QRFs must be addressed on a separate document which indicates the number of the specific QRF you are addressing. Applicants should be thorough in addressing the QRFs.

For example, when addressing QRF #3 (substantial litigation experience) address the approximate number of cases handled in a given period of time, the applicant's specific role (first chair, co-counsel, responsible for the written brief only, etc.), and the length of time involved in a given role (lead counsel in 20 jury trials In 10 years).

Applicants should also include specific examples of the types of cases, the number of court appearances made in those cases, and the case dispositions (plea, settlement, bench trial, Jury trial, etc.) Conclusory statements (such as "the applicant has been involved in a substantial amount of litigation") will receive little or no weight in the evaluation of the QRFs.

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THIS WEBINAR WILL REVIEW THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required Documents

  1. Resume documenting 7 years of legal experience post bar admission (include specific dates employed and if work was performed on a part-time or full-time basis).
  2. Documents addressing the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs). There is additional information regarding the QRFs under the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.
  3. Writing Sample which demonstrates your ability to author legal documents (one (1) only, and not to exceed 10 pages).

LEARN HOW TO WRITE THE QRF NARRATIVES IN THIS WEBINAR!

LIVE WEBINAR DATES:
Fri. Oct. 4, 6 pm ET
Sat. Oct. 5, 10 am ET
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ALJ Writing Guide by Nicole Schultheis and Kathryn Troutman
The ALJ Writing Guide was written for the ALJ application.
This book is relevant for the IJ Federal Resume and the IJ KSA Narratives.

$49.95 – includes two samples of the 3-5 page ALJ Federal Resume (longer than the typical attorney private sector resume)
Available as print book and ebook (PDF for immediate download)
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WEBINAR AND BOOK TESTIMONIALS

Thanks for including the two ALJ resumes in the book. I have been diligently working on my new and improved ALJ resume. It's just about completed and I think it looks pretty good so far; a solid 5 pages. A vast improvement over my previous efforts. I took your suggestion to prepare the resume as a Word document rather than using the USA JOBS resume builder. They were very helpful templates to use in terms of format and general phrasing. I am now working on putting together my list of cases.

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I am very glad that I participated in the Webinar today! Your discussion about the importance of CCAR writing was very helpful, especially when you analogized it to how you would tell your colleagues the story of how you won a case. I also think it's helpful to understand that you are not writing for the purpose of winning a case, as in a Brief, which is, of course, what I am used to writing.

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I was able to learn from the webinar the importance of training myself to think in the CCAR mode. I will really need to practice in this area. I learned that you must be very specific in the qualifications narrative – don't assume that your litigation experience or administrative law experience will be counted.

I learned that many of my duties and responsibilities as a Practicing Attorney with the right story telling can make for some good Accomplishment Narratives.

I want to make it all the way this time – where I can be offered a position as an ALJ.

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Thank you for the webinar. It was informative. The top three things I learned were:

  1. CCARS are similar to the STAR format of storytelling
  2. I like the “Hats” for the resume and the distilled CCARS to make up the accomplishments for my ALJ Federal Resume
  3. I appreciate knowing the definitions of the competencies

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Excellent webinar. It was very helpful. I would love to have the slides. Top three useful pieces of information:
Importance of CCARS
Make sure to document % of time spent on legal activities if documenting a job with legal and non-legal components. What can and cannot qualify as "litigation or administrative law experience"

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Thank you for an excellent class. I found the following things very helpful:
1) the additional competencies and guidance about how to address them,
2) the SSA position description; and
3) the "must include" features on the qualification narratives.

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The webinar was very useful. How you showed to write the resume was extremely useful. I think the fact that you discussed the new 7 competencies was extremely useful. I learned about accomplishment writing and what to include in the application package: resume, accomplishments using the CCAR method.

Immigration Judge