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Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention

Speaker(s): Adhemir H. Romero, Christina H. Lee, Lisa Knox
Recorded on: Apr. 19, 2017
PLI Program #: 214070

Adhemir received his law degree, Juris Doctor, from UC Hastings, College of the Law and is a member of the California Bar.  He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics from Columbia University in 2007.

Adhemir joined Becker & Lee LLP in 2015. He represents clients in removal proceedings and bond hearings before the Immigration Court. Adhemir uses his previous criminal defense experience to represent clients with criminal records facing removal proceedings. In addition to removal defense, he has represented unaccompanied children (UAC) seeking asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), including obtaining SIJS predicate orders in California Superior Court. Adhemir also has experience in family-based immigration, DACA, and representing victims of crimes applying for U visas.

Prior to working at Becker & Lee LLP, Adhemir worked at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office for nearly two years where he represented indigent clients facing criminal charges. Many of Adhemir’s clients were immigrants who had different types of legal status or none whatsoever. Adhemir saw firsthand the problems that those clients faced and worked diligently to ensure that those clients’ available avenues for relief remained open.

Adhemir has volunteered at Centro Legal de La Raza in Oakland, where he conducted consultations during the organization’s bi-monthly clinics and assisted with the Legal Orientation Program at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California.

Adhemir is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

Christina is a founding partner at Becker & Lee LLP. She received her law degree, JD, from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2003, and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Christina has represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit. She has also represented many clients in Federal District Court filing mandamus lawsuits against the U.S. government. Including removal defense, Christina has experience in asylum, employment based immigration, family based immigration, naturalization applications, hardship and criminal waivers, consular processing, and representing victims of abuse, crimes and human trafficking.

Christina currently serves as the EOIR co-liaison to the San Francisco Immigration Court for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Council. Her past roles on the Council have included co-coordinator for the Young Lawyer’s Division and as the Advocacy co-coordinator where she organized local and national meetings in D.C. with Congressional representatives to advocate for immigration reform. She is currently a council member of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic Alumni Council (ILCAC). Since 2013, Christina has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars list for immigration law.

Christina is a mentor attorney and regular panel speaker for the pro bono asylum program of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), and a volunteer attorney with Centro Legal de la Raza and the Asian Law Caucus, immigration detention mentor for Pangea Legal Services, and serves “Of Counsel” to the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) for their pro bono asylum cases.

She also served on the Advisory Board to the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ) which released its October 2014 Study: “Access to Justice for Immigrant Families and Communities: Study of Legal Representation of Detained Immigrants in Northern California,” authored by Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

Christina is the daughter of Korean immigrants – she is fluent in conversational Korean.

Lisa Knox is an Immigration Managing Attorney at Centro Legal, where she has worked as an immigration attorney since February 2016. She focuses on deportation defense, in particular for immigrants in detention. Lisa previously practiced immigration law at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco, where she worked on deportation defense, asylum and family-based immigration matters. She has also worked on impact litigation relating to immigrants’ rights at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and as a clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center. Lisa received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a board member of the National Lawyers Guild, SF Bay Area Chapter.