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Legal Memoranda to the Immigration Judge

Occasionally, you may be in need of a legal memorandum to the Immigration Judge. A legal memorandum is essentially a brief to the Immigration Judge that falls outside the context of a pre-hearing brief or closing argument.

For instance, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) may argue in its closing argument that your client should be found incredible and there is strong evidence that would support an adverse credibility determination. In your circuit, however, the law may be that an application for relief or protection may still be granted, even if an adverse credibility determination is made, if the balance of the entire evidence supports the claim for relief or protection. In this case, you do not need to draft a full closing argument and obviously are not in need of a pre-hearing brief. Instead, a streamlined legal memorandum would suffice addressing the specific issue.

IMMLAC’s drafting process for such legal memoranda would include review of all relevant evidence and any necessary legal research.