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First Wednesday Series: U.S. Immigration and Asylum Law - Beyond the Headlines and Politics

Total Credits: 1.0 including 1 Illinois

National Security Law
Richard Hanus |  John M. Geiringer
1 Hour 13 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 01, 2021
Product Type:
On Demand
Access for 365 day(s) after purchase.


This session will discuss the following topics:

  • Asylum and Refugees – What is the law?  How is it distinct from other aspects of U.S. Immigration Law? 
  • Clarifying the human rights issues - removal proceedings, due process and defenses.


Richard Hanus's Profile

Richard Hanus Related seminars and products


Law Offices of Richard Hanus (Chicago, Elgin and Waukegan)

Richard Hanus is a veteran immigration lawyer with offices in Chicago and the suburbs of Elgin and Waukegan, Illinois   He received his B.S. from Northwestern University and J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.  In 1991, Richard established the Law Offices of Richard Hanus, representing clientele across the U.S. and globally in family and employment based immigration matters, as well as in defense of removal/deportation proceedings. 

Richard practices before U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies including Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice/Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as U.S. District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal.  

Richard is a frequent lecturer on immigration law topics for the immigration law, criminal defense, corporate/employment and family law bars. He provides pro bono counsel through various social services agencies, including the ARK Chicago and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and chaired numerous government liaison and pro bono committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. For the past 3 years, Richard has been Co-Chair of AILA Chicago’s liaison committees with DHS’ Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Chicago Field Office, as well as the State of Illinois - Secretary of State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.   

Richard has appeared on Frontline, NBC Nightly News, and Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago and his writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal and bi-weekly at (“Richard’s Blog”).  Richard’s federal litigation activity of note includes the deportation defense cases of Fitzpatrick v. Sessions, 847 F.3d 913 (7th Cir. 2017), cert denied; Keathley v. Holder, 696 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2012) – the latter of which became the subject of the acclaimed Off Broadway play, The Courtroom.

John M. Geiringer's Profile

John M. Geiringer Related seminars and products


Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.


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