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53rd Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute


Speaker(s): Allen Orr, Jr., Ally Bolour, Anastasia Tonello, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Charles H. Kuck, Cristina Romero, Cynthia Juarez Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, David Grunblatt, Ira J. Kurzban, Jesse Rockoff, Kathleen Campbell Walker, Lauren Anselowitz, Lucas Guttentag, Rebecca Peters, Robert C. Divine, Sarah K. Peterson, Sarah Nolan, Victoria Neilson, Vincent W. Lau, Zoe Levine
Recorded on: Dec. 3, 2020
PLI Program #: 278280

Allen Orr is the founder of Orr Immigration Law Firm PC, a minority-owned law firm based in Washington, DC and focusing on a US corporate compliance as well as global corporate representation and assistance on immigration issues.

Mr. Orr previously helped to build one of the leading global immigration practices at a large global law firm, where he developed a global network of immigration practitioners, government officials and business leaders.  Mr. Orr managed an I-9 compliance audit for a Fortune 10 company which involved review and analysis of all immigration records relating to its 250,000 employees.

Mr. Orr is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for contributions made in the immigration law field and specifically for his work with the Young Lawyers Division, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is listed in The International Who’s who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.  He is the Immigration Section Chair for the National Bar Association and the National Treasurer for AILA.

Mr. Orr is a frequent speaker on US and global emerging business immigration issues.  He is a Senior Editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook and an Associate Editor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Global Immigration Guide: A Country-by-Country Survey.

Mr. Orr received a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and a JD from Howard University’s School of Law.


Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. is Chairman of the global law firm of Fragomen Worldwide. Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin has served as staff counsel to the US House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and as Chairman of the New York City Bar Justice Center.  Austin has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues.  He serves as Chairman, Business Mechanism, Global Forum Migration and Development; and has also participated as a panelist at multi-stakeholder hearings on the Global Compact on Migration at the United Nations.

Austin is also the founding co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration, published by Thomson Reuters/West. He is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Center for Migration Studies; editorial board member of the International Migration Review; chairman of the board of directors of the Council on Global Immigration; co-author of the Practising Law Institute's Immigration Fundamentals; distinguished author, Thomson Reuters/West, Member of the Board, Jesuit Refugee Service(JRS), Member Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University and fellow, American Bar Foundation.

Austin is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. His court admissions include the US Supreme Court; US District Court of the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit. He was educated at Case Western Reserve School of Law, JD, and Georgetown University, BS.


Charles H. (“Chuck”) Kuck is the Managing Attorney at Kuck Baxter Immigration in Atlanta, Georgia.  Chuck served as the National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2008-2009.  He also served as President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers from 2010-2014 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School.  He previously served as an Adjunct at the University of Georgia for 13 years for both survey and advanced immigration law classes.  He was named one of the top 5 immigration attorneys in the world by Chambers & Partners again in 2020, the “Best Lawyer-Immigration” in Georgia by Best Lawyers in 2020 and was previously named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine.  He has practiced immigration law for over 30 years, has spoken at numerous legal and business conferences on all types of immigration related topics, has testified in Congress on various aspects of Immigration Law and Immigration Reform, is frequently quoted in the national press, and appears regularly on national and local television and cable news outlets.


Cynthia provides strategic immigration counsel to various companies, ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to establish and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs and is experienced in government investigations and audits. Cynthia also offers legal advice to individual investors.

Cynthia is a longtime Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law, where she taught for 18 years. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.

Cynthia previously served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee and as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice and I-9 Service Center. Cynthia joined Fragomen more than 30 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.


Lauren Anselowitz is a senior member of the firm Harlan York and Associates. Named to Best Lawyers in America, her most noted accomplishments include successfully arguing multiple cases under the Convention Against Torture before the U.S. Immigration Court. The Executive Office for Immigration Review reported that less than 1% of these cases are granted. Ms. Anselowitz also won oral argument before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, to vacate a deportation order for a client of the firm.

In recent years, she has personally represented clients of Harlan York & Associates at Immigration Court and Service Offices in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Ms. Anselowitz has successfully resolved complex family and employment-based green card applications, issues of citizenship and a number of different nonimmigrant visa petitions. Her experience includes H, L, E, O and R visas. Additionally, Ms. Anselowitz has worked extensively on applications under the Violence Against Women Act.

Ms. Anselowitz has been an adjunct professor of Immigration Law in the Justice Studies Department at Montclair State University. She has lectured at Rutgers University School of Law as well as before the New Jersey State Bar, the Federal Bar Associations and the American Immigration Lawyers Associates. She was honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for four years.

A graduate of North Carolina State University and Seton Hall Law School, Ms. Anselowitz earned a Master of Arts Degree from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She also attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt and served in the field of international criminal law at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She previously lived in Pretoria, South Africa and has spent time in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Senegal, the Gambia, Ethiopia and Morocco.

Ms. Anselowitz is admitted to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.


Lucas Guttentag teaches immigration law and constitutional litigation at Stanford Law School, where he is Professor of the Practice, and at Yale Law School, where he is Martin R. Flug Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar.  He is the founder and former national director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which he led from 1985 to 2010 in New York and San Francisco. From 2014 to 2016, he served in the Obama administration as a senior advisor on immigration policy, including as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. His recent writings address the Title 42 CDC border expulsions and the administrative hurdles to implementing immigration reform policies.  He has advised and consulted on a range of cases challenging Trump administration immigration policies. 

Guttentag has engaged in extensive class action and appellate litigation throughout the country for more than thirty years, including arguing successfully in the United States Supreme Court, to advance the civil and constitutional rights of non-citizens. He has testified in Congress, writes and speaks widely on immigration issues, and often appears in national media. He listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the recipient of an honorary degree from CUNY Law School, and was named a “human rights hero” by the American Bar Association Human Rights journal in 2002.  He has received the top litigation award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) four times, named California Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” in appellate law, a Top 100 lawyer in Northern California, and was recognized in 2007 as one of the country’s top 25 immigrant advocates of the last 25 years by the National Immigration Forum.  His litigation includes designing a five-year legal strategy and arguing INS v. St. Cyr to uphold habeas corpus protections for immigrants facing deportation and prohibiting retroactive elimination of 212(c) waivers.  Guttentag serves is an advisor to non-governmental and philanthropic immigration advocacy and legal organizations, and has served on many non-profit boards.  He clerked for Texas federal judge William Wayne Justice, practiced civil rights law in Los Angeles, and taught at Columbia Law School before joining the ACLU.  He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School.


Rebecca Peters is Vice President of Member Engagement and Public Policy at Worldwide ERC®. Prior to joining Worldwide ERC®, Peters led workplace immigration public policy strategy for nearly eight years at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). While at SHRM, she served on the CEO’s Culture Club and was a member of the organization’s senior management team. Before SHRM, Peters was the Director of Government Affairs at the Council for Global Immigration, leading its public policy efforts and the Board’s policy committee for many years. She has also served as a policy chair for the U.S. immigration advocacy coalition Compete America and SHRM’s employer immigration compliance coalition.

She is a frequent speaker on issues of high-skilled immigration reform and is viewed as an immigration policy expert both inside and outside the beltway.

Earlier in her career, Peters practiced immigration law at a Washington D.C.- based law firm and served as an attorney and policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice’s legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. She was a Presidential Management fellow and received her J.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, respectively. Peters also served for four years on the Women in Government Relations leadership team as a vice chair and chair of its membership and engagement committee.


Sarah K. Peterson is the founder of SPS Immigration PLLC based in Minneapolis, MN. Her employment-based practice focuses on physicians, academia, start-ups, and high-tech companies. Sarah actively participates in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) on both a local and national level. She currently serves as Chair of AILA’s DOL liaison committee since 2017 and has been an active Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors since 2012. Sarah has previously served on AILA national Liaison committees with the California and Nebraska USCIS Service Centers, Chaired and served as a member of AILA’s Healthcare Professionals Committee, and Chaired the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of AILA. Sarah was included in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Minnesota 2020, has been recognized each year since 2016 as one of 40 Up and Comers in Employment Law by HRE/Law Dragon, is listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers since 2014 including selection since 2018 as a ‘Thought Leader,’ and was one of Minnesota’s Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorneys for 2010. She was a contributing author to AILA’s Business Immigration Law & Procedure, second edition, frequently speaks with the press, and travels internationally to speak on employment-based immigration. Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and holds a joint law degree and master’s in public policy from the University of Minnesota Law School and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.


Sarah Nolan is a supervising attorney at LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group.  She oversees a team of attorneys and paralegals providing on-site immigration legal services at public hospitals in the New York City Health + Hospitals network.  She develops and conducts trainings for health care professionals on the intersection of immigration and health care.  Prior to joining LegalHealth, Sarah was Legal Counsel for ActionNYC, where she advised the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City University of New York on the development and implementation of a large-scale city-wide immigration legal services program.  Previously, she was an immigration staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services and an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Holly B. Fitzsimmons, United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Connecticut.  She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.


Tina Romero is senior staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society.  She specializes in immigrant youth representation, practicing in both state and federal courts.  She advises the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice on immigration matters, supervises pro bono attorneys, and coordinates the New York City SIJS Advocates' group, which engages in local and national policy advocacy.  In 2014, she started the Immigrant Youth Advocacy Externship at Columbia Law School. She also assisted in the creation of the ICARE coalition to ensure unaccompanied children in New York City obtained representation in immigration court.  Tina graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 magna cum laude.  She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005.  She is admitted in New York and Illinois.


Zoe Levine is the Legal Director of the Immigration Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where she supports teams of advocates providing immigration advice and representation to noncitizens facing criminal charges in the Bronx, and defending noncitizens in removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project. She was previously a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights where she litigated constitutional challenges to abortion restrictions in state and federal courts around the country. She served as a law clerk to Judge Philip R. Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (El Paso) and Judge Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Zoe worked at Centro Las Libres, a reproductive justice organization in Guanajuato, Mexico.


J.D. and M.A., University of California, Berkeley.  Mr. Kurzban is a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., of Miami, Florida.  He is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He has litigated over fifty federal cases concerning the rights of aliens, including Jean v. Nelson, Commissioner v. Jean, and McNary v. Haitian Refugee Center, Inc., which he argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Kurzban is an adjunct faculty member in Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of Miami School of Law. He is the author of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, the most widely used one-volume immigration source in the United States and he has lectured and otherwise published extensively in the field of immigration law, including articles in the Harvard Law Review and Columbia University Press. 


Anastasia is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York and a Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She is also global head of the firm’s US immigration team. Anastasia is internationally recognized in the leading legal directories, including Legal 500 (USA and UK), Chambers (Global, USA and UK) Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration, and Best Lawyers in America. Anastasia was a charter member and officer of AILA's RDC EMEA Chapter, served as Chair of AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee and is one of the association’s past presidents. She received a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  Anastasia, a national of the U.S., U.K. and Italy, is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is a Solicitor of England and Wales and is active on Twitter @anastasianylon.


Jesse Rockoff is a Senior Staff Attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, where he joined the Immigration Unit in 2017. At Brooklyn Defender Services, he represents detained non-citizens facing deportation through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). He previously practiced deportation defense as a Staff Attorney with UnLocal and as a Ford Foundation legal fellow with African Services Committee.


Victoria Neilson is managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). She is the former legal director of Immigrant Justice Corps and Immigration Equality, where her practice focused on the intersection of LGBT issues and immigration law.  Ms. Neilson has also worked for the Office of Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the New York Asylum Office and is the former legal director of the HIV Law Project. She has taught as an adjunct professor at City University of New York School of Law and at New York University School of Law.  She is the former chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association; the former co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and a member of AILA’s national Asylum Committee.  She is a co-author of AILA’s Representing Clients in Immigration Court. Ms. Neilson received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University.


Vincent W. Lau is the managing partner of Clark Lau LLC in Boston, Massachusetts and he counsels employers and employees on a range of temporary and permanent immigration options.  He enjoys taking complex immigration legal concepts and breaking them down into tangible and comprehensible ideas for employers and employees.  It is with this same spirit that he speaks regularly at immigration conferences across the country, serves fellow immigration attorneys as one of the Vice Chairs of AILA’s national liaison committee with the U.S. Department of Labor, and developed the curriculum for the business immigration course at New England Law Boston.  Vince received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Boston College School of Education, and J.D. from the Boston College School of Law.  Vince has been voted among “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2010 and listed with “Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration” since 2015.


David Grunblatt is a Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, heading its Immigration Practice Group and is an authority on employer immigration compliance and employment-based immigration benefits.  He served as Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and of its Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee.  He was formerly Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law and was Chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law at the New York County Lawyers Association.  He lectures and writes extensively on the subject of Immigration and Nationality Law.


Ally Bolour has been practicing immigration law since 1996.  He is the managing attorney of Bolour/Carl Immigration Group, a full service immigration law firm in Los Angeles. He is an elected Director at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees at the American Immigration Council. He is a member of the LA County Bar Association & the LGBT Bar Association.  Ally is a frequent speaker on immigration issues for AILA and other local, national, and international organizations.  He is fluent in Persian.


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 a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s  (AILA) Administrative Litigation Task Force; AILA’s FOIA Strategy Committee; former chair and current member of AILA’s Ethics Committee; special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York; board member of Volunteers for Legal Services and board member of The New York Immigration Coalition.  Mr. Mehta is the 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. He 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.  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.


Kathleen Campbell Walker is a past president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is currently the Immigration Practice Chair of Dickinson Wright PLLC based in El Paso, Texas. She began practicing immigration law in 1986. She is co-chair of the Immigration Practice Group of Dickinson Wright PLLC in its El Paso office and board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is recognized in Chambers USA (Band One), Chambers Global (Band One), International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell®. She has chaired several of the AILA national liaison committees including those for the Department of State, Customs and Border Protection, Interagency, and the Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee for Worksite Enforcement. In 2014, Ms. Walker received the AILA Founder’s Award, given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy. She served on the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy. She has provided testimony on a variety of immigration subjects at the federal and state legislative level.


Robert C. Divine chairs the Immigration Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C., a law firm of 800 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 24 U.S. cities including Washington, D.C.  Mr. Divine served from July 2004 until November 2006 as Chief Counsel and for a time Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  He is the author of Immigration Practice, a 1,600 page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law that is revised and reprinted annually to reflect the law’s constant changes.  He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and has served as Chair of various committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served for seven years as Vice President of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), an association for EB-5 regional centers. His practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, family sponsors, developers and investment regional centers, and individual foreign nationals.  He has also litigated significant business matters, including class action employment discrimination, contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, business torts, and immigration-related civil and criminal matters.