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Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2016

Speaker(s): Andrea Saenz, Angela Hernández, Barbara Camacho, Cheryl R. David, Cyrus D. Mehta, Deborah Lee, Hon. Amiena A. Khan (personal capacity), Hon. Gabriel C. Videla, Jennifer Friedman, Kathleen M. Maloney, Linda Kenepaske, Lori Adams, Mark R. von Sternberg, Matthew L. Guadagno, Michael P. DiRaimondo, Robert E. Juceam, Thomas E. Moseley
Recorded on: Jul. 28, 2016
PLI Program #: 150496



  • 1978 Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois


  • 1994 to present, Immigration Judge, U.S. Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • 1981 to 1994, engaged in private practice concentrated in Immigration Law, Gabriel C. Videla & Associates, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1978 to 1981, associate attorney in law firm concentrating in immigration law, William N. Siebert & Associates, Chicago, Illinois.


  • 2006- present, City University of New York (CUNY), asst. adjunct professor, School of Professional Studies, New York, New York
  • 1997 to present, biannual training for pro bono counsel to represent asylum applicants before the Asylum Office and Immigration Court, sponsored by the Community Outreach Program of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York New York
  • 1998 to 2002, guest lecturer in the Immigration Law class, Fordham University, School, Law, New York, New York
  • 1980 to 1994, member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Greater Chicago Chapter, Chicago, Illinois (held position of Chapter Secretary from 1993 to 1994)
  • 1982 to 1994, advisory board member, Midwest Immigrant Rights Center, Chicago, Illinois

Cheryl R. David has been practicing immigration law since 1995.  She handles all aspects of immigration law with an emphasis on removal and family-based cases.  Prior to opening her own practice she was an associate for five years at Bretz & Coven, LLP where her main area of concentration was deportation defense of individuals with criminal convictions.  She is a frequent lecturer on issues related to removal and complicated family based cases.  She is the Chair for AILA of the Removal Defense Steering Committee and she serves on the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service Headquarters committee for AILA.  She currently is on the Board of Directors of Asista.  Previously she served on Department of State national committee of AILA from 2018-2020.  Some of her additional past positions and membership include:  Co-Chair, NY-AILA  ICE committee; Member, AILA ICE National Committee, 2016-18; Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association Board of Governors, 2007-2013; Member, Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund of New York – 2007-2013; Chair, National Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2010-2012; Chair, National Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), 2007-2010, Chair, AILA NY ICE - Detention & Removal Committee, 2007-2009; Chair and Founder, NY AILA Chapter of the juvenile pro-bono committee with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2007-2009; Member, Immigration & Nationality Committee of the City Bar, 2008-2011 Co-Chair, NY AILA Chapter Pro Bono Committee -2007-2009. 

Cyrus D. Mehta, a graduate of Cambridge University and Columbia Law School, is the Managing Partner of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC in New York City.

Mr. Mehta is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association   (AILA) where he currently serves as the Vice Chair of its  Ethics Committee overseeing the publication of the multi-volume AILA Ethics Compendium. Mr. Mehta is on the  editorial board of the AILA Law Journal and Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. He is a board member of The New York Immigration Coalition and a board member of Volunteers of Legal Services. He is also special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Mr. Mehta was formerly a member of AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force; AILA’s FOIA Strategy Committee; AILA’ s EB-5 Committee, former chair  AILA’s Ethics Committee; former chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council and former chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the New York City Bar Association.

Mr. Mehta  is a frequent speaker and writer on various immigration-related issues, including on ethics, and is also an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches a course entitled Immigration and Work. He has also been Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Basic Immigration Law program and the companion Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Crime Victim, and Other Immigration Relief program for several years.

Mr. Mehta received the AILA 2018 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for advancing the practice of immigration law and the AILA 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field. He has also received three AILA Presidential Commendations in 2010, 2016 and 2020.  Mr. Mehta is ranked highly by Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration Law and also by Chambers USA and Chambers Global in immigration law, among other rankings.

Deborah Lee is the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge within the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society, where she helps manage the legal representation of a wide-range of immigrants before U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  Prior to joining The Legal Aid Society, Deborah Lee was a Senior Staff Attorney with Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project, where she represented foreign-born victims of domestic violence, trafficking and gender violence.  Her previous experience includes serving as Supervising Attorney for the Children’s Legal Project at Americans for Immigrant Justice (previously known as Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center) and a Jesuit Refugee Service Fellow with Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).  Ms. Lee frequently trains and writes on immigration legal remedies for vulnerable populations.  She has published articles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration & Nationality Handbook, as well as a practice advisory with AILA on immigrant youth issues.  Ms. Lee is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Harvard Divinity School, and Georgetown University Law Center. 

Linda Kenepaske has been representing private and corporate clients in all aspects of immigration law in her New York City based practice for more than 25 years.  Linda has served as chair and member of many local and national AILA committees, was previously Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the New York City Bar, is currently Co-Chair of the Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys  (ADDA) in New York City, and serves on the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Advisory Board.  She lectures frequently on a variety of immigration topics. She is AV rated and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” since 2009. 

Lori Adams is the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families.  She represents asylum seekers before the immigration courts and in the asylum offices, leads the organizations advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrant survivors of gender-based harm, mentors pro bono counsel, and oversees a team of immigration attorneys and advocates who assist foreign-born survivors of gender violence. The team and the pro bono counsel she supports provide the full spectrum of immigration applications and defenses for which clients and their families are eligible, including asylum applications, U-Visas, T-Visas, humanitarian waiver applications, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, applications for Special Immigration Juvenile Status, DACA, cancellation of removal, and naturalization.

Before joining Sanctuary for Families, she was the Managing Attorney in Refugee Representation at Human Rights First, where she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. In that capacity, she provided support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in New York and New Jersey who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provided information and legal services to asylum seekers in immigration detention, and helped to coordinate their legal representation.  Human Rights First opened an office in Houston, Texas in the spring of 2014 and she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers in that area too. 

Ms. Adams is a member of Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which aims to increase high-quality pro bono representation of asylum seekers and otherwise address the unmet legal needs of the immigrant poor. She is also a member of the Working Group on Immigrant Representation, led by Judge Michael A. Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has similar aims in New Jersey.  Ms. Adams is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics and a co-author of a report on the negative impact of the one-year filing deadline in asylum cases.  

Before joining Human Rights First, Ms. Adams was the attorney advisor in the New York Immigration Court, where she drafted decisions for twenty-eight immigration judges and supervised the work of the court’s law clerks and interns. She also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Adams has a philosophy degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from New York Law School. She is on the Advisory Council of the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, is a member of the I-ARC (Immigrant Active Response Collaborative) steering committee, a member of the Asylum Working Group, and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Matthew L. Guadagno has been practicing immigration law since 1997.  He is a solo practitioner in Manhattan.  Mr. Guadagno’s practice focuses on deportation defense and federal litigation relating to immigration.  He has argued numerous cases in the federal courts that have resulted in precedent decisions.  He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In the past, Mr. Guadagno has served on the Amicus Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, the Advisory Committee to the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council, and the Advisory Committee to the Immigration Unit of Brooklyn Defenders.  In September 2019, Mr. Guadagno was listed in the New York Metro Edition of the publication Super Lawyers for the eleventh year in a row.  He is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Guadagno regularly speaks at continuing legal education courses about immigration law.  Mr. Guadagno is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches a course on deportation defense that he created. 

Michael P. DiRaimondo of DiRaimondo & Masi LLP has been in private practice since 1986.  His firm specializing in all types of immigration matters, deportation cases, appeals to BIA and Federal courts.

Prior to going into private practice, he was a Special Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorneys office for the Education Department for the State of New York from 1983 – 1986.

Mike also worked as a Trial Attorney for the Immigration & Naturalization Service for 3 years after graduating from Antioch University School of Law in 1980.

Barbara Camacho is Pro Bono Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. As Pro Bono Counsel, Barbara is responsible for managing the firm’s pro bono initiatives throughout the United States.  She has overall responsibility for coordinating and mentoring Fragomen attorneys in the United States in their pro bono representation of clients in removal proceedings, asylum, and applications for a variety of available immigration benefits. She is also responsible for developing and providing training to volunteer attorneys, supervising and litigating pro bono cases, and acting as the firm’s liaison to various non-profit legal service providers with which the firm partners. Barbara is a frequent panelist on a variety of immigration issues, including removal defense and children’s immigration issues before bar associations, community groups and child protective agency personnel.

Previously, as the Fragomen Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center, Barbara directed the Center’s Immigrant Outreach Project, which included the Varick Removal Defense Project. She worked to expand the Justice Center’s recruitment, training and mentoring of pro bono attorneys from leading law firms to address the crisis in lack of counsel for detained immigration cases in the New York metropolitan area. Barbara served as a mentor to pro bono attorneys in addition to providing direct representation to immigrant clients, both detained and non-detained. She developed, supervised and strengthened pro bono immigration outreach clinics and activities to benefit the community at large.

Barbara Camacho graduated from Drew University, B.A., 2000 and received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to the practice of law in New York, New Jersey, Third Circuit, Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Robert E. Juceam, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and former Chair of its National Committee on Ethics, is Of Counsel and a former Partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. His practice includes representation of attorneys in discipline matters as well as complex commercial litigation and insurance and reinsurance disputes. His full bio is at

Thomas E. Moseley practices immigration law in Newark, New Jersey concentrating in federal court litigation and removal defense. He received his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School and previously served as Chief of the Immigration Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is a past chair of the Immigration Section of the Federal Bar Association and has lectured on immigration before the Federal Bar Association, New Jersey ICLE, the Practicing Law Institute, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). He is the recipient of AILA’s 2016 Jack Wasserman award for excellence in immigration litigation.

Andrea Sáenz is a Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services. At BDS, she supervises a team of attorneys and support staff providing detained removal defense through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), New York City’s first-in-the-nation appointed counsel system for detained immigrants facing deportation. Previously, she spent three years as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, teaching and supervising law students in a variety of immigration and federal court cases and policy projects. She has previously worked as an Immigration Staff Attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a judicial law clerk with the New York Immigration Court, and an Equal Justice Works fellow at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project in Boston. Andrea received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Angela Hernandez is a senior staff attorney at The Door's Legal Services Center. The Door is a comprehensive youth development agency located in lower Manhattan. Each year The Door serves more than 11,000 young people from all over New York City with a wide range of services including reproductive health care, mental health counseling, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals. The Legal Services Center provides a range of civil legal services, and has a focus on representing undocumented young people in both affirmative and defensive immigration proceedings.

Angela specializes in representing immigrant children in removal proceedings. Angela represents these children in before Immigration Court as well as before state juvenile courts in New York City, where she assist them to seek the special findings orders necessary for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications to USCIS.  Additionally, Angela oversees the screening of unaccompanied immigrant children at The Door's juvenile and surge docket at Immigration Court. Prior to working with The Door’s Legal Services Center, Angela has worked as a Staff Attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center's Counter-Trafficking Project in Chicago, as Director of Domestic Violence Programs at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego and as a Staff Attorney for the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles.  Angela received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law her B.A. from University of Chicago.

Hon. Amiena Khan (personal capacity) was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder in December, 2010.  Judge Khan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from New York University Washington Square College of Arts and Science and a Juris Doctorate in 1987 from the New York Law School.  Judge Khan is a member of the New York State Bar.  She is a member of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) and serves as the co-chair of the NAIJ Vulnerable Populations Committee. In her personal capacity, she is a member of the Federal Bar Association and is a Board member and the Committees Chair of the  Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Judge Khan is also a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the New Jersey Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Southern District of New York Chapter Immigration Law Committee and the New York City Bar Association.

Jennifer Friedman is the Director of the Immigration Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where she directs and has overseen the expansion of its immigration practice which currently consists of eighteen attorneys and five non-attorney advocates.  Those attorneys, civil legal advocates, and social workers provide plea consults to non-citizens with pending criminal cases, represent non-citizens in removal proceedings, and pursues applications for immigration status on behalf of Bronx Defenders clients.  She is also directs BXD’s work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the first-ever universal representation project for detained non-citizens facing removal in New York City.  Since July 2014, through the generosity of the New York City Council, The Bronx Defenders is one of three legal service providers who take on representation of all financially-eligible noncitizens facing removal in the Varick Immigration Court.  Jennifer has trained public defenders, parents’ advocates, and immigration attorneys on the intersection of criminal and immigration law and the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky across the country. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Defending Immigrant Partnership and has testified before the New York City Council regarding noncitizens in criminal detention.  Jennifer received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.  While at NYU, Jennifer was a member of the Immigrant Rights Clinic and on the board of the Review of Law and Social Change. During law school, Jennifer interned at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College.

Kathleen Maloney is a member of the Youth Project at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit.  The Youth Project runs a monthly Juvenile Docket at 26 Federal Plaza.  Kathleen represents unaccompanied immigrant children in federal courts, family courts and administrative proceedings.  In addition to providing direct representation to children in immigration court who are facing removal from the United States, Kathleen conducts outreach in immigrant communities.  She has taught an externship at Columbia Law School on Unaccompanied Immigrant.  She also provides trainings for judges, pro bono lawyers, law students and city officials.  Prior to this, Kathleen represented over a thousand children who were abused, neglected or abandoned by their caretakers.  She advocated for her clients outside of court in all areas, including:  housing, education, immigration and the provision of social services.  Kathleen has been with The Legal Aid Society since 2004.  Kathleen is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist and admitted in New York.  She has her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.  While attending Wake Forest, she was presented with the prestigious Deans’ Leadership Award for the contributions she made to her law school and the surrounding community.  Kathleen received her B.A. from American University.

Mark R. von Sternberg is a Senior Attorney with Catholic Charities Community Services/Archdiocese of New York where he concentrates on litigation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Mr. von Sternberg serves as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University School of Law where he teaches general immigration and comparative refugee law; he is also an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University School of Law where he teaches an immigrant and refugee rights clinic. Mr. von Sternberg received a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973 and an LL.M. degree (in International Legal Studies) from New York University School of Law in 1984. He has lectured at law schools and at professional associations regarding immigration matters and has written extensively, particularly in the areas of refugee law, international humanitarian law, and human rights. Mr. von Sternberg is the author of an internationally recognized treatise regarding the refugee definition as applied in the United States and Canada. In 2002, he received the American Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award. Mr. von Sternberg is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Immigration and Naturalization Committee and of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Mr. von Sternberg has served as an active participant in significant international conferences regarding asylum such as the Refugee Rights and Realities Conference in Nottingham, England and, more recently (September 2012), the UNHCR's Expert Roundtable on "International Protection for Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence" in Cape Town, South Africa.