Pandemic-Proof Your Immigration Practice – COVID-19: What You Need to Know Now and How Best to Prepare for the Future

Two Options Available – When: Monday, March 30, 2020 , at 3PM CST and Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 3pm CST

Speakers: Reid Trautz, Senior Director, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center and Ruby Powers, with Powers Law Group, P.C. and AILA Author of Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind) – Houston Immigration Attorneys

Description: Our discussion (CLE for TX 1hr/Evidence of Attendance will be provided for other states as needed) will be an interactive format in which the speakers present for 15-20 minutes total and the remainder of the session will be a guided Q&A discussion. 

Discussion Topics:

  • Office Preparation: Setting Up Remote Working Systems and Best Practices
  • Employment Considerations: Layoffs, furloughs, reduction of hours, cross training, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)
  • Technology: Zoom, GoToMyPC, MS Teams, and any other good tech ideas
  • Mailing applications concerns – changes in procedures with USCIS for signatures, change in legal payment policies, etc.
  • Cashflow—income and expenses, reviewing costs, lines of credit, SBA Disaster Loan options
  • New medical/sick leave issues; does teleworking resolve this? what happens if your staff gets sick, etc.
  • Recent CARES Act – what does that mean for law firms.

We encourage all participants to join using their webcams and ask their questions aloud, but we anticipate that there will also be many questions asked in the chat box, which you can answer as they’re asked (if you’re not currently presenting) and highlight the most pressing ones aloud for those joining by phone who don’t have access to the chat.

Here are some resources:

·      Protect Your Practice from the Impact of COVID-19 – March 26, 2020

·       COVID-19 Response Sample Checklist – March 20, 2020

·         Financial Relief for Small Firms Experiencing COVID-19 Related Hardship – March 20, 2020

·         Seven Steps Immigration Law Firms Should Take Immediately – March 20, 2020

·         How the New Emergency Coronavirus Law May Impact Your Immigration Practice – March 19, 2020

·         Think Immigration: Business Continuity Planning: Immigration Law Practice in the Era of COVID-19 – March 16, 2020

·         Navigating Rough Waters: Guiding Your Law Firm Through Times of Crisis – March 16, 2020

·         Fifteen Tips to Make You Always Ready for Videoconferencing Just in Time for COVID-19 – March 12, 2020

·         Pandemic-Proof Your Immigration Practice – March 12, 2020

By signing up for this webinar, you will receive occasional offers and updates regarding law practice management. You may opt out at any time.

Space limited to the first 100 registrants.

The Zoom connection details are:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Mar 30, 2020 03:00-4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Apr 1, 2020 03:00- 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Ruby L. Powers as Speaker
Reid Trautz

Bio: Ruby L. Powers is the founder and managing attorney of Powers Law Group, P.C a three-attorney full-service immigration law firm. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, one of 170 such attorneys in Texas. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an alumna of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and graduated from Leadership Houston in 2018. She is the author of AILA’s book Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind), available on AILA and Amazon.As the child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. For a decade, Ruby L. Powers has managed her firm and in 2011 she ran her law firm from Dubai and Turkey for 14 months. She has served as AILA’s Law Practice Management Chair and TX Chapter Advocacy (Co-) Liaison and currently serves on the Innovation Task Force, Political Engagement Task Force and is a Vice Chair for AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee. She is a member of Rotary and serves on various boards including the Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission and the Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2, Immigration Advisory Committee. She previously served on the State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Committee and currently serves on the Houston Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, on the AILA Innovation Task Force and Media Advocacy Committee, and as a member of the American Leadership Forum Class of XLVIII.  She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two energetic children. She enjoys traveling, reading (mostly business books), playing sports and board games with her family, and advocating for her community. For more about her firm,

Bio: Reid Trautz is the Director of the AILA Practice & Professionalism Center, where he provides ethics guidance and management advisory services to lawyers to help improve their businesses and the delivery of legal services to their clients. 

Reid is a nationally recognized advisor, author and presenter on practice issues, including launching a law practice, business process improvement, law practice technology, and legal ethics. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the new AILA Practice & Professionalism Toolbox,  and co-author of The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success: Essential Tips to Power Your Practice, published by the ABA. He is co-chair of the ABA Law Practice Division Futures Initiative, and co-authors Futureproof, a column in Law Practice magazine. 

Reid is a past chair of ABA TECHSHOW, and an elected Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2012. He is admitted to the bars of Minnesota (inactive), Virginia, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court.

Reid leads an active family life with his wife, Mimi, and their three sons. When not at home in Virginia, they like to travel the U.S., discover local diners, drive-ins and dives, and ride roller coasters until they can’t anymore.

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