Make A Plan – IMMI

Immi has a new resource to help people who are worried about immigration enforcement.  Make A Plan helps families and individuals be more prepared for an emergency, such as detention or deportation. It helps families stay together, manage assets, and make other arrangements. Try it today in English and in Spanish.

Free Upcoming Webinar:

Immi+Family: Make A Plan
Thursday, April 5th at 2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 12 pm Mountain / 11 am Pacific

Learn about Make A Plan, a tool that helps families and individuals be more prepared for immigration detention or deportation. To register for our free 30 minute webinar, click here.



Alameda County Law Library has received a supply of wallet-sized cards from that reminds anyone questioned by immigration or law enforcement officers that they have rights.

The cards will be available – while the supply lasts – on the table across from the Reference Desk.

California criminal defense of immigrants 2014 – NEW Never before published

Cal crim defenseCalifornia criminal defense of immigrants 2014. / by Norton Tooby and KatherineBrady, Oakland, CA, CEB, 2014 KFC 698 .T66 2014 (Now on the New Books Cart)

Speakers are often introduced as needing no introduction, with the host then proceeding to recount every moment of the speaker’s life from birth. Mr. Tooby is one of those who truly need no introduction, at least for those familiar with the field of immigration law. For others, briefly, authors Norton Tooby and Katherine Brady, both are well known California attorneys and nationally known experts in crimes and immigration.

A prolific author and speaker, Mr. Tooby has co-authored the only book on criminal defense of immigrants specific to California. Representing noncitizen criminal defendants, the attorney must not only be aware of the criminal but also the immigration consequences of plea agreements to strategies for post-conviction relief. This book provides the guidance you may need to effectively resolve these issues.

The book also includes:
• Charts
• Diagnostic questionnaires
• Checklists
• Scripts
• And additional resources

Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants

Raha Jorjani
Raha Jorjani

Raha Jorjani, Alameda County Public Defender, will speak at the Alameda County Law Library on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for 1 Hour of MCLE Credit on What Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Know When Representing Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings: An Overview.

Her presentation will include:
*an overview of the immigration consequences of criminal conviction
* a discussion of defense counsel’s duty under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky (2010)
* what the Supreme Court’s 2013 decisions in Moncrieffe v. Holder and Descamps v. United States  mean for noncitizen clients.

To register online go to , by phone call 510-272-6483, and in the library ask for a registration form at the reference desk.

There is an informative article from August 20, 2014 about Raha Jorjani in the East Bay Express at .

Just in! Law Library Adds “California Criminal Defense of Immigrants” to Its Collection including access via OnLaw.

ToobyONLAW_icon-80Several patrons have asked if we have or could get Norton Tooby’s book in the library.
We now have access to it both as a book and also as an electronic resource. Information from the electronic version of this title can be printed or saved to a flash drive.

“California Criminal Defense of Immigrants” discusses the issue from two perspectives, one the actual criminal case and two, its effect on the defendant’s immigration status. The goal of this book is to assist counsel in protecting the non-citizen’s immigration status and mitigating the harm the criminal case can bring to that status.

Since the decision in Padilla v Kentucky ((2010) 559 US 356) on the failure of the attorney to advise the defendant on the immigration consequences of a plea, the duty to protect the immigration status of the defendant has been receiving more attention. This book discusses this and the importance of preventing immigration related disasters while defending the criminal case.

Immigration officials are identifying criminal non-citizens during trials and placing “holds” to prepare a non-citizen for deportation proceedings. Therefore, it is essential that the defense attorney have in place safe havens, pleas and specific proceedings which are delineated in this book.

This practice manual walks you through the critical stages of a criminal case, how to identify the immigration concerns, create strategies and provide the advice you need for effective resolution of both issues.

Mr. Tooby brings his expertise into play to help other attorneys prepare for court in cases like this. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and his book is “Criminal Defense of Immigrants” is considered the standard in this area of law and has been used as a manual by United States Supreme Court judges.

Mr. Tooby’s co-author, Katherine Brady is a senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. She has authored several other books on this subject and co-founder of the national Defending Immigrants Partnership and the Immigrant Justice Network.

The book can be found at KFC 698 .T66 for the next few weeks on the new book truck and then on the shelf.