November 2021- Aust Schmiechen Associate Attorney Alison Griffith moderated a training for immigration attorneys in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and across the country on using the Freedom of Information Act to help clients.

Aust Schmiechen attorneys Alison Griffith and Malinda Schmiechen, along with their colleague Kim Boche of The Advocates for Human Rights were excited to offer a training for immigration attorneys across the country through AILA on November 3rd regarding how to use the Freedom of Information Act to benefit immigrant clients. This is one of the most important tools available to immigration attorneys! We were excited to learn from the national experts who have agreed to speak on the Freedom of Information Act! 

April 2021- Aust Schmiechen attorney Alison Griffith will be providing updates and tips for attorneys at the MN State Bar Association’s “Hot Topics” CLE on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Alison is excited to have the opportunity to present alongside co-panelists Michael Davis and Natalie Xiong.

February 2021- Malinda Schmiechen will present on collaborating with mental health professionals when representing asylum seekers at The Advocates and St. Thomas’ Asylum Conference on Friday, February 26, 2021.

March 2019 – The 2019 Minnesota/Dakotas’ AILA Spring Conference features both Malinda Schmiechen and Brian Aust, presenting on asylum updates and consular processing procedure.

February 2018 – Malinda Schmiechen publishes a blog entry for Hamline Mitchell School of Law entitled “Closing Borders through Visa Restrictions and a Wall will not Stop the Flow of People into the U.S.

May 2017 – Brian Aust moderates a panel on 601 waivers at the 2017 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference in Minnesota.

April 2017 – Malinda Schmiechen leads a workshop on immigration at the city of Minneapolis’ Community Connections Conference.

February 2017 – Malinda Schmiechen is the Keynote speaker at a West African community meeting in Brooklyn Center on the new Executive Orders, DED and TPS.

September 2016 – Brian Aust speaks on September 23, 2016 at the local AILA MN/Dakotas’ Chapter CLE on Hot Topics in Immigration Law for LGBTI Clients. Brian will be presenting on family-based matters and the impact of HIV as it relates to medical examinations for persons applying for IV’s at Consulates.

September 2016 – Malinda Schmiechen guides students at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Health Clinic on immigration law generally and the availability of public benefits and emergency aid for individuals without immigration documentation.

May 2016 – Brian Aust and Malinda Schmiechen speak at the 2016 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference in Minnesota.

August 2015 – Brian Aust participates in a CLE on Family Detention in Dilley, Texas.

July 2015 – Brian Aust appears in an article in the LA Times highlighting the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, TX (

January 2015 – Brian Aust leads CLE on Consular Processing Basics.

November 2014 – Malinda Schmiechen speaks at The Advocates for Human Rights’ Annual Asylum Conference.

September 2013 – Brian Aust publishes article in Lavender Magazine entitled Marriage and Immigration.

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