Tooby's California Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants

By: Norton Tooby and JJ Rollin

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This new edition was rewritten after the California Supreme Court's 2009 decision in People v. Kim, and presents an up-to-date Practice Manual covering which post-conviction relief will solve each particular immigration problem, all available California post-conviction vehicles, over 40 different grounds of legal invalidity that may be used to vacate guilty pleas, and new vehicles that may be used to obtain effective post-conviction relief at any time, even after parole or probation have terminated.




  • 2009 edition, with continuous free update service

  • 780 pages

  • State-of-the-art after People v. Kim

  • All forms of relief (including new ones)

  • All grounds of legal invalidity

  • What relief is effective in immigration court

  • Cutting edge immigration court arguments




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Mr. Tooby’s Credentials


Norton Tooby graduated in 1967 with a B.A. from Harvard, and in 1970 with a J.D. from the Stanford Law School, where he served as President of the Stanford Law Review.  He is listed in BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA and BEST LAWYERS IN CALIFORNIA.  In 2000, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center awarded him its Philip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Award for Immigration Lawyering for "his pioneering work in the field of post-conviction relief for immigrants."  His national practice is based in Oakland, California.  He obtains post-conviction relief from criminal convictions for immigrants nationwide, writes practice manuals for immigration and criminal lawyers, gives seminars, and maintains this legal research website. He also consults concerning immigration consequences of past and future criminal convictions.


Casework.   He a death penalty appeal, reversing all convictions, and setting the client at liberty.  People v.  Marks (1988) 45 Cal.3d 1335.  His published decisions relating to post-conviction relief for immigrants include People v. Totari (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 1202 (reversing trial court’s order denying a motion to vacate a conviction under Penal Code § 1016.5); People v. Totari (2002) 28 Cal.4th 876 (denial of a motion to vacate a conviction under Penal Code § 1016.5 is appealable); In re Resendiz (2001) 25 Cal.4th 230 (defense counsel’s misadvice concerning actual immigration consequences of plea can constitute ineffective assistance of counsel)(represented amici curiae on the briefs and at oral argument); People v. Kim (2009) 45 Cal.4th 1078, 202 P.3d 436 (holding petitioner ineligible for a writ of error coram nobis on the facts of the case); consultant on merits and amicus briefing in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. ___, 2010 WL 1222274 (2010)(criminal defense counsel has constitutional duty to give affirmative, accurate advice on immigration consequences to noncitizen defendants as requirement of effective assistance of counsel).


Publications – TOOBY'S GUIDE TO CRIMINAL IMMIGRATION LAW: HOW CRIMINAL AND IMMIGRATION COUNSEL CAN WORK TOGETHER (2009); POST-CONVICTION RELIEF FOR IMMIGRANTS (National Edition 2004), CALIFORNIA POST-CONVICTION RELIEF FOR IMMIGRANTS (2d ed. 2009), CALIFORNIA EXPUNGEMENT MANUAL (2002), CATEGORICAL ANALYSIS TOOL KIT (2009); and, with J.J. Rollin, CRIMINAL DEFENSE OF IMMIGRANTS (4th ed. 2007), SAFE HAVENS: HOW TO IDENTIFY AND CONSTRUCT NON-DEPORTABLE CONVICTIONS (2005), CRIMES OF MORAL TURPITUDE (3d ed. 2009), and AGGRAVATED FELONIES (3d ed. 2006). He publishes a free monthly eNewsletter on criminal immigration law, and a premium monthly eNewsletter on California post-conviction relief for immigrants.


Seminars – For nearly 20 years, he has given day-long seminars in California and nationwide on criminal immigration law, in partnership with the finest immigration nonprofits, including the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild in Boston, the Immigrant Defense Project in New York, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Senter in San Francisco, and has spoken nearly every year since 1995 at the American Immigration Lawyers Association national conference.