This four week course will begin on July 2, 2012 with an introductory webinar that will include a review of the course website, a discussion course expectations, and an overview of good moral character. During the course we will cover the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases. We will study the crime based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes. We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion.
The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course. This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays, as listed in the detailed course schedule. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.