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Immigration & Naturalization Institute 2012 (45th Annual)

Speaker(s): Archana Pyati, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, C. Mario Russell, Catherine L. Haight, Cheryl R. David, Cynthia Juarez Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Eileen M. G. Scofield, Grace Hoppin, Ira J. Kurzban, Jeffrey H. Gorsky, Jennifer Durkin, Kamal Essaheb, Karen Tumlin, Kathleen Campbell Walker, Lynn Shotwell, Mary E. Pivec, Robert E. Juceam, Robin K. Paulino, Stacy Shore, Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
Recorded on: Nov. 19, 2012
PLI Program #: 34971

Eileen Scofield: With offices in DC, CA, TX, GA, NC,  NY and abroad, Eileen Scofield is head of Alston & Bird's immigration practice. With extensive experience processing of worldwide visas, she is also heavily focused on employer compliance issues and has not only advised employees and employers on such, but represented employers in agency investigations, state and federal court, as well as OCAHO proceedings. In light of such experience she regularly provides special guidance on best practices, internal investigations, M&A transactions, and public policy matters In addition, she has provided guidance at federal, state and local level on the drafting of legislation and regulations. She chaired the AILA E-Verify liaison committee, and has been on numerous national AILA committees, such as Verification, Worksite Enforcement, Department of Labor, Business Liaison, etc.. Ms. Scofield has published extensively, been quoted in and spoken before many esteemed organizations such as U.S. News and World Report,  U.S. and State Congressional officials, ABA, FBA, ACC, AFB, PLI, National Constitution, Chamber of Commerce committees, etc. on employment-immigration, visa, investment, tax, internal investigation and related issues.

Grace Hoppin is a Senior Associate in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, specializing in corporate immigration.   Ms. Hoppin works on both immigrant and nonimmigrant matters for corporate clients, and she has extensive experience working with the biotech, engineering, and IT industries.  Ms. Hoppin has a unique background in labor certification, as she previously worked for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as a labor certification specialist. While at DOL, Ms. Hoppin was selected to serve on a national DOL team that drafted the PERM regulations, which included review of all comments submitted in response to the proposed rule, drafting responses to comments, and preparing recommendation papers for DOL management. 

Ms. Hoppin has served on the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Department of Labor Liaison Committee since 2009, and currently serves as Chair. Ms. Hoppin has been a frequent speaker at AILA conferences at both the national and regional level, and has also made presentations at the San Francisco HR Star Conference, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Practicing Legal Institute.  Prior to joining BAL, Ms. Hoppin practiced immigration with several firms, including two well-known boutique immigration firms, and a large full service immigration firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Education & Admissions

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, University of California Hastings College of the Law (Executive Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Admitted To: State Bar of California

Memberships & Professional Accomplishments
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Northern California Chapter, AILA
  • Martindale Hubbell ("AV")
  • Whos Who Legal

Kamal Essaheb engages in advocacy and technical assistance relating to state and local enforcement of immigration law and access to legal status for immigrants.  At NILC, his advocacy focuses on the passage of the DREAM Act, implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and state and local enforcement of immigration law.

Prior to joining NILC, Mr. Essaheb was a practicing immigration attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now, a non-profit immigration legal services provider in New York City. Mr. Essaheb is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics.  He is an immigrant from Morocco and is fluent in Arabic.

Karen Tumlin focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation and administrative advocacy. Currently she is litigating cases challenging state anti-immigrant ordinances and immigration detention policies. She is co-counsel in cases challenging the state anti-immigrant ordinances in: Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. Her practice also includes litigation on due process, detention, and employment issues. Before joining NILC as a Skadden Fellow in 2005, Ms. Tumlin clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, she worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute, where she coauthored studies on immigration, welfare, and language access issues. She also spent a year as a Luce Scholar in Bangkok, Thailand, where she conducted a study on child trafficking in the region for the U.N. International Labor Organization. Ms. Tumlin holds a juris doctor degree and a master of public policy from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Stacy Shore joined the Ombudsman's Office in April 2011 and currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Ombudsman's Office, Ms. Shore managed the permanent labor certification program (PERM) at the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification. Prior to joining DOL, Ms. Shore practiced immigration law for approximately ten years and is a former Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Shore earned a law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.  She and her husband have two daughters and live in the DC metro area.

Archana Pyati

Archana joined Sanctuary for Families as a senior staff attorney in November 2007. As Deputy Director of the Immigration Intervention Project, Archana manages Sanctuary's gender-based asylum project, litigating asylum and other immigration cases and supervising attorneys at New York's top law firms in their handling of complex immigration matters on a pro bono basis. She serves as an expert on gender-based asylum to the legal community and the media. 

Archana is also a co-founder and co-chair of a nationwide coalition to stop female genital mutilation and lectures on the subject to physicians, educators, and members of the community. She also sits on the South Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence and is a co-author of the South Asian Power and Control Lotus, an innovative tool for counseling and interviewing survivors of domestic violence.

Before joining Sanctuary for Families, Archana was a senior associate with the Human Rights Defenders Program of Human Rights First from 2004 to 2007.  She conducted field research on gender-based human rights violations in a range of countries, authored reports, and advocated for foreign policy changes through lobbying and congressional testimony. From 2002 to 2004, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Asylum Program of Human Rights First, providing legal information to hundreds of asylum seekers detained in the New York area and advocating for detainees' rights through public education, national collaboration, and media campaigns.

Lynn Shotwell is the Executive Director of the American Council on International Personnel.  She first joined ACIP in 1996 as the Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations. Ms. Shotwell has served on the Executive Committee of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, the Steering Committee of Compete America, as co-chair of Multinational Employers for Working Spouses (MEWS), and on the Secretariat of the Executive Working Group on Global Mobility Policies.

She is a frequent lecturer on global mobility policies and practices and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the International Organization on Migration and the Global Commission on International Migration.  Prior to joining ACIP, Ms. Shotwell practiced immigration law at Arent Fox and worked in the human resources department of Oldsmobile.

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.

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is a past National President of the 13,000 lawyer American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Managing Partner of the Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group ( an 18-lawyer immigration firm providing top quality value global immigration services. For the past four years, Mr. Wolfsdorf has been selected as "Global Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year for 2013" by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He can be reached at


C. Mario Russell, Esq.
Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities, Refugee and Immigration Legal Services; Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow (2007-2008); Adjunct Professor, St. John’s School of Law, Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic; B.A. (Philosophy), Haverford College; J.D. (Order of the Coif) University of Maryland School of Law.

Mario Russell principally conducts and supervises federal administrative and U.S. Court of Appeals litigation for asylum seekers and immigrants. He teaches the Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic at the St. John’s University School of Law and the New York Law School, as well as courses on domestic immigration law and comparative asylum protection/international human rights in Rome, Italy. Mario has served as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hungary and Poland and has advised the National Commission on Migration in Thailand. Mario also conducts federal and state legislative advocacy on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and other refugee protection issues. Previously, he served as Regional Director for CLINIC, where he provided technical and litigation support to NGOs throughout the United States, he worked as a litigation associate at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin and Kahn, and served for two years as judicial law clerk on the U.S. District Court. Mario is a frequent lecturer and panelist on refugee and immigration law and litigation at national and regional conferences and trainings by organizations such as the New York Immigration Coalition and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Catherine L. Haight is the founding member of Haight Law Group, PC in Los Angeles, California.  She has been practicing immigration law since 1989, specializing in business, entertainment, and sports related matters.  Ms. Haight obtained her Bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.  She has authored many published articles on immigration subjects and has been an invited speaker at numerous immigration law conferences and seminars. 

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 currently is on the Board of Directors of Asista and Co-Chair of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) committee of AILA-NY.  She is currently on the Department of State national committee of AILA.  Some of her past positions and membership include:  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.

Cynthia leads the firm’s High Tech practice in the heart of Silicon Valley.

As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice, she directs the strategic representation of 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 set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs. She also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e., EB-5).

Cynthia is a longtime Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law where she has taught since 1988. 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 is also the Managing Partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. She is experienced in government investigations, audits and establishing compliance programs for companies.

Cynthia has served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Cynthia joined Fragomen over 30 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.

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 AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force; AILA’s EB-5 Committee; former chair of AILA’s Ethics Committee; special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York; member of the ABA Commission on Immigration; board member of Volunteers for Legal Services and board member of 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 two AILA Presidential Commendations in 2010 and 2016.  Mr. Mehta is ranked among the most highly regarded lawyers in North America by Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration Law 2019 and is also ranked in Chambers USA and Chambers Global 2019 in immigration law, among other rankings.

Jeffrey Gorsky, Chief, Legal Advisory Opinion Section, Visa Office, Bureau of Consular Affairs, State Dept. B.A. and J.D. from George Washington University. Entered the State Department in 1980 as a Foreign Service Officer, served in Medellin and Bogota, Colombia, and Bilbao, Spain. I have worked for the Visa Office since 1988.

Jennifer Durkin has been exclusively practicing immigration law since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Southeast Asian Studies from SUNY Buffalo. She is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia as well as before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Memberships: American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, New York Women's Bar Association, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association. Chair, Immigration & Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee, New York Chapter American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010-2011; Co-Chair, Immigration Law Committee, New York Women's Bar Association, 2010-2011; Member, Pro Bono Committee, New York Chapter American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010-2011.

Kathleen Campbell Walker is a past president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  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.

Stephen Yale-Loehr has practiced immigration law for 35 years. He is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 21-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law. He also teaches immigration and asylum law at Cornell Law School as Professor of Immigration Practice and is of counsel at Miller Mayer in Ithaca, New York. He also founded and was the original executive director of Invest In the USA, a trade association of EB-5 immigrant investor regional centers.

Mr. Yale-Loehr received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1977 and his J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1981. He was editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal. After graduation, Mr. Yale-Loehr clerked for a federal judge.

From 1982 to 1986 Mr. Yale-Loehr practiced international trade and immigration law at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. From 1986 to 1994 he was managing editor of Interpreter Releases and executive editor of Immigration Briefings, two leading immigration law publications.

Mr. Yale-Loehr is the coauthor or editor of many books, including Green Card Stories; America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties and National Unity After September 11; Balancing Interests: Rethinking the Selection of Skilled Immigrants; Global Business Immigration Practice Guide; J Visa Guidebook; Understanding the Immigration Act of 1990; Understanding the 1986 Immigration Law, and numerous law review articles.

Mr. Yale-Loehr is a member of the New York bar and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He chairs the business immigration committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is also a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers,, a global consortium of top business immigration attorneys.

Mr. Yale-Loehr is annually listed in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers as one of the best immigration lawyers in the world. He is listed in Who’s Who in America. He is frequently quoted in the press on immigration issues and has often testified before Congress. He is the 2001 recipient of AILA’s Elmer Fried Award for excellence in teaching and the 2004 recipient of AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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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. 

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

Mary Pivec is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Ford Harrison LLP.  Ms. Pivec’s immigration compliance practice focuses on the growing intersection between immigration enforcement and immigration-related labor protections. She represents employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement cases, I-9 compliance counseling and worksite audits, immigration-related discrimination investigations, H1-B/LCA investigations and enforcement proceedings, and in administrative hearings and tribunals with jurisdiction over immigration enforcement and immigration-related labor and discrimination matters.  She has been at the forefront of the practice of I-9 worksite enforcement law since enactment of The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and is also a leading practitioner in the field of LCA employer-defense.  Ms. Pivec has also served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in matters relating to immigration law and enforcement.  Ms. Pivec is peer review rated  AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, a Fellow of the ABA College of Labor and Employment Attorneys, a Member of the 2015 Law360 Immigration Advisory Board, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law.

Robin Kandell Paulino is Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation's U.S. immigration program. In her role, Ms. Paulino oversees a team of 18 immigration professionals providing strategic legal advice to senior leadership, as well as support to foreign national employees (and their dependents) from over 130 countries. Ms. Paulino started her legal career practicing in the area of deportation defense. In 1998, she joined Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's Northern California practice. While at Fragomen, Ms. Paulino represented mid to large size Fortune 500 companies and served as the Managing Attorney over the I-9 Service Center until she joined Microsoft in 2007. Ms. Paulino is a member of Microsoft's Pro Bono Steering Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Immigration Subcommittee. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Arizona, her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California.