Human resources association
of treasure valley

Overcoming the Barriers of Immigration

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


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Due to the coronavirus situation, our Professional Development and Networking has been cancelled.  We are looking into the possibility of recording the presentation to share with those of you who have registered.  Additional details will be sent via email.  Thank you for your patience as we work to finalize details.

Invite your company executives now!

The luncheon is free for executive guests who are not HRATV members.  This is a great opportunity to educate your company executives about HRATV! 

The Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley is pleased to announce the March Executive Luncheon and Professional Development Program "Overcoming the Barriers of Immigration" presented by J.J. Despain. In this presentation, J.J. will dispel fears and provide assurance to the employers and human resources managers who are missing out on potential talent, and let them know that immigration issues do not have to be an obstacle.

1) The audience will know what visa options are available to them and their employees and job candidates - some options they may have never known existed.

2) The audience will know the basic features and requirements of these various options, their advantages and disadvantages, and be better able to determine which option best matches their situation.

3) The audience will know what is required of them and their companies in order to sponsor employees or potential employees for a visa or other immigration benefit, in terms of cost, time, and other resources.

4) The audience will leave the session with the knowledge and the confidence that they do not have to say "no" to a qualified job candidate or employee just because of immigration-related reasons, and that immigration does not have to prevent a company from increasing in talent and growing in numbers.


J.J. Despain is a managing attorney in Boise for Wilner & O’Reilly Immigration Lawyers. He is admitted to the Colorado State Bar and practices mostly family-based and employment-based immigration law. J.J. has represented clients in hundreds of interviews with USCIS. He has participated in events at community centers in both Utah and Idaho to present issues in immigration law and speak about the many possibilities available to potential clients. Currently, J.J. joins the Idaho Army National Guard to present to military families and potential military families all over the state of Idaho.

J.J. graduated from Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism. He spent two years as an opinion editor, sports editor, and web editor for the campus newspaper, The Daily Universe. J.J. also earned minors in both Spanish and political science. After his undergraduate studies, J.J. attended law school at the University of Iowa College of Law. In Iowa, J.J. was the president of the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, a managing editor of the Iowa Law Review, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and was involved with the Latino Law Students Association and Sports Law Society.

In his spare time, J.J. enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, exploring the Idaho outdoors, drawing, watching sports (especially BYU), and watching movies. J.J. and his family live in Boise.

This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

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Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley 
SHRM Chapter #0111

P.O. Box 1733
Boise, ID 83701

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