SOURCE: Law Offices of William L. Fay

Law Offices of William L. Fay

April 09, 2009 20:44 ET

Immigration Law NC Attorney Jim Melo Speaks at Half Moon Seminar and CLE Conference

Jim Melo, a Criminal Defense Raleigh Attorney Specializing in Immigration, Traffic and Criminal Defense, Recently Spoke at Conferences for Attorneys, Paralegals and Law Students in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - Jim Melo recently spoke at the Half Moon Seminars' North Carolina Criminal Defense Law for Paralegals and the North Carolina Central Law School's CLE conference, "The Right to Remain Silent." As an attorney for the Law Offices of William Fay, Melo specializes in various aspects of criminal defense and immigration law. Attorneys throughout the state, Raleigh law students and paralegals benefited from his expertise.

Melo served as a Faculty Speaker at the one-day program, North Carolina Criminal Defense Law for Paralegals, on January 28th, 2009. He covered a variety of topics for paralegals during his session including an overview of how the North Carolina court system works and special court proceedings such as motions for appropriate relief, orders for arrest and driving privileges. In addition, Melo helped explain the day-to-day demands of an attorney in district and superior court and the expectations for paralegals.

Mr. Melo also served as an expert panelist at North Carolina Central Law School's CLE conference, "The Right to Remain Silent," on February 28th, 2009. The conference covered a wide range of topics affecting North Carolina's immigrant population in lieu of increased immigration and police enforcement. Serving as panel moderator, he led the discussion on "Local Realities," looking at on-the-ground experiences of criminal and immigration attorneys and their clients. Melo focused on his experiences with the 287(g) program in Wake County and his success in obtaining his clients' release through the use of Writs of Habeas Corpus.

Jim Melo previously served as a speaker on 287(g) issues in August 2008 for the Wake County Bar associations CLE on 287(g) for attorneys specializing in criminal defense. Raleigh and other Wake County cities recently implemented 8 U.S.C. § 1357(g) (also commonly referred to as 287(g)), and there has been substantial confusion in regards to the status of many defendants being held in the Wake County detention facilities and which court is the court of jurisdiction.

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