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Emergency Legal Challenges to Imminent Removals: Emergency Challenges to Administrative and Reinstatement Orders, Emergency EOIR Motions to Reopen, and Whether Habeas Is a Viable Option


Speaker(s): Amalia Wille, Anoop Prasad, Ilyce Shugall, Lisa Knox, Valerie Anne Zukin
Recorded on: Aug. 14, 2019
PLI Program #: 276241

Amalia Wille is an associate at Van Der Hout LLP in San Francisco, California. Her practice focuses on removal defense, immigration law and crimes, complex motions to reopen, and representing immigrants before the federal courts. She also specializes in immigration detention issues and is co-class counsel in Aleman-Gonzalez v. Sessions, the class-action case that mandates prolonged detention bond hearings for individuals detained pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(6) in the Ninth Circuit. She currently serves on the national Asylum and Refugee Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and on AILA’s Amicus Committee. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and Georgetown University.


Anoop Prasad is a senior staff attorney at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in the Immigrant Rights Program. He focuses on representation of low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants in deportation proceedings. In particular, his work focuses on the intersection of the immigration and mass incarceration in the criminal system.  For the past several years, his work has focused on representing Cambodian refugees with final orders of removal facing deportation due to criminal convictions.


Ilyce Shugall is the Director of the Immigrant Legal Defense Program at the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Prior to joining JDC, Ilyce served for 18 months as an immigration judge in the San Francisco Immigration Court. Prior to serving as an immigration judge, Ilyce was the Directing Attorney of the Immigration Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) from 2012-2017. Under Ilyce’s leadership, CLSEPA’s staff grew from four to twenty, and its immigration attorneys became among the first responders to the 2014 surge crisis in the immigration courts. Ilyce has also worked with San Francisco area collaboratives to secure funding for non-profits to provide pro bono representation to individuals in removal proceedings. During that effort, she served temporarily as the legal director for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative at the Bar Association of San Francisco. For 10 years, Ilyce was an attorney at Van Der Hout, LLP. Three of those years she spent as a partner. Before joining the private sector, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) as a National Association of Public Interest Law/Equal Justice Fellow. Ilyce received the 2016 National Pro Bono Services Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and was a 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” awardee. Ilyce has served as a commissioner on the State Bar of California Commission on Immigration and Nationality Law. She was NIPNLG’s update editor for Immigration Law and the Family from 2012-2017, and has published numerous articles on immigration law. Ilyce holds a JD from DePaul University College of Law, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


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.


Valerie Anne Zukin is a supervising attorney at the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco and the Legal Director for the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ), a regional collaborative for providing coordination, advocacy, and legal services to the immigrant community in California, with a focus on individuals who are in, and who face, detention. CCIJ is comprised of organizations and agencies dedicated to protecting the due process rights and ensuring access to counsel for all immigrants in California, and particularly to support communities in the San Francisco Immigration Court’s jurisdiction. In this role, Zukin facilitates sharing best practices and strategy around litigation and advocacy and provides technical assistance and training. She also serves as the lead coordinator for the AILA Mesa Verde Pro Bono Project for recent-arrival asylum seekers and administers the pro bono Attorney of the Day Program for the detained dockets at the San Francisco Immigration Court. Before joining JDC in 2017, she practiced at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale LLP from 2011 to 2017, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project from 2007 to 2011, where she represented clients in complex immigration matters before the immigration agencies and federal courts. Valerie received her B.A. from Haverford College and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School.