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Immigration & Naturalization Institute 2013 (46th Annual)


Speaker(s): Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Camille J. Mackler, Cynthia Juarez Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Elizabeta Markuci, Enrique Gonzalez III, Frederick Troncone, H. Ronald Klasko, Janet L. Henner, Jeffrey H. Gorsky, Jennifer Durkin, Jojo Annobil, Lenni B. Benson, Linda Kenepaske, Mark Noferi, Peter T. Schiron, Jr., Robert C. Divine, Robert E. Juceam, William A. Stock
Recorded on: Sep. 3, 2013
PLI Program #: 43043

Professor Benson has been teaching and writing in the field of immigration law since 1994. She is a professor at New York Law School and serves as the director of the NYLS Safe Passage Project Clinic.The Clinic partners with The Safe Passage Project a nonprofit that recruits, trains and mentor pro bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied immigrant youth in removal proceedings and immigration applications. [http://www.safepassageproject.org]. In October of 2014, she was named by The New York Law Journal as an outstanding pro bono leader.  She speaks and writes nationally on issues related to unaccompanied immigrant youth and won the Jolie Humanitarian Award for her work in 2016.

In the winter of 2017, she joined the Executive Committee of the American Immigration Representation Project and works with the American Immigration Council and others to support pro bono representation for immigrants held in detention. Learn more at www. immigration.justice.us.

From 2012 -2015, she served as the Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Work of that committee is reported here: http://www.nycbar.org/legislative-affairs/policy-issues-aamp-advocacy/protected-classes-aamp-civil-rights/immigration-a-nationality-law-committee.

In 2011-2012 she served as a consultant/researcher for the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). With Russell Wheeler of the Brookings Institution, she prepared a comprehensive report on ways to improve removal adjudication and that report resulted in a formal adoption of over thirty-eight recommendations by ACUS.

The report is found here: http://www.acus.gov/report/immigration-removal-adjudication-report.

On July 1, 2013, her book written with several co-authors, “Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies” was published by LexisNexis. The book is now distributed by Carolina Academic Press and is updated annually. http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781422422168/Immigration-and-Nationality-Law

She serves on numerous boards of nonprofit immigration organizations and is an emeritus trustee of the American Immigration Council.


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 (www.wolfsdorf.com) 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 Bernard@Wolfsdorf.com


 


Camille J. Mackler, Esq. is the Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York Immigration Coalition, where she works with NYIC members and a variety of stakeholders on issues relating to immigration law in New York. Before joining the NYIC in March 2013, Ms. Mackler worked in private practice representing immigrants before US Immigration Courts and Federal Courts of Appeals. She focused primarily on asylum and refugee, deportation proceedings, immigration detention, and family-based immigration issues. 

Ms. Mackler is currently the co-chair of the Media and Advocacy committee for the NY Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has a Juris Doctor. from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is also a frequent lecturer on immigration law and advocacy issues surrounding the practice of immigration law.


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.


Elizabeta (Liz) Markuci is the former director of the VOLS Immigration Project in New York City.  Liz started with VOLS in 2009 as a part time legal consultant on immigration matters.  In 2011 she launched VOLS Immigration Project then under the name “The Dream Not Deferred Project.”  This vanguard program was designed to bring legal services directly to schools in underserved communities and support immigrant high-school students on the path to college and employment.  Since its creation, the VOLS Immigration Project has continued to grow, adding more members to the VOLS team and expanding partnerships across New York.  Under Liz’s leadership, 800 clients have received free, high quality, ethical legal counsel and representation.

Liz is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and received her Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law.  Liz currently serves on the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City Of New York’s (ABCNY) Pro Bono Committee, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA). Previously, Liz served as a member of ABCNY’s Committee on Professional Ethics and Co-Chair of the New York Chapter of AILA’s Pro Bono Committee, training and mentoring pro bono representing unaccompanied minors facing removal proceedings in immigration court through the Juvenile Docket. During her three-year tenure, the AILA New York Chapter was awarded the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders 2011 Bar Leaders Innovation Award. In 2014, Liz was a recipient of the City Bar Association's Legal Services Award for her leadership of the VOLS Immigration Project.  Over the past decade, Liz recruited, trained and mentored thousands of volunteer attorneys to represent immigrants through various pro bono initiatives throughout New York City.


Enrique Gonzalez III currently serves as Special Counsel for Immigration to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).  Mr. Gonzalez has served as one of the principal advisors to Senator Rubio and the Republicans in the "Gang of Eight" during the discussions/negotiations in Congress related to comprehensive immigration reform (SB 744).  Prior to joining Senator Rubio's staff, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Managing Partner of the Florida office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the largest law firm in the world dedicated exclusively to immigration, nationality and consular law. Mr. Gonzalez practiced with Fragomen from 1996 to 2012 representing colleges and universities, cruise lines, entertainment companies, food service companies, luxury hotels and resorts, research institutions and utility companies. Mr. Gonzalez received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1988 and his J.D. from the Cornell University School of Law in 1991. Mr. Gonzalez has lectured nationally, regionally and locally on immigration matters to groups such as the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA), American Council for International Personnel (ACIP), National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) and National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).


H. Ronald Klasko (Ron) (rklasko@klaskolaw.com) is recognized by businesses, investors and other lawyers as one of the country's leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP and its Managing Partner, he has practiced immigration law exclusively over three decades. Under his leadership, the firm was chosen by Chambers Global as one of 6 top tier business immigration law firms for the past 5 years.

Ron, himself, was named by International Who's Who of Business Lawyers as the world's most respected corporate immigration lawyer.

A former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ron served as General Counsel of that organization for three Presidents and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1980.  He has served as National Chair of AILA's EB-5 Committee for 3 years. He is one of only three practicing attorneys ever honored with the AILA Founders Award for his contributions to immigration jurisprudence.

Ron's practice includes a substantial focus on EB-5 investor cases. His firm's website, www.eb5immigration.com, is one of the most visited EB-5 websites.  He is a frequent speaker and author on EB-5 issues. 


Janet L. Henner is a Partner in the New York office specializing in corporate immigration law. Janet manages a diverse practice that is comprised of multinational corporations, start-ups and individuals, and provides her clients with strategic counseling on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulations, policy, and compliance. Working closely with Office of General Counsel and corporate human resource departments, Janet has counseled on due diligence considerations related to mergers, acquisitions, takeovers and downsizings, Form I-9 and H-1B/LCA compliance, as well as, corporate mobility concerns affecting the employment of a global, professional workforce. She has also designed and implemented customized visa strategies and immigration programs focused on client service, immigration compliance, and streamlined processes.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Janet served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Honorable Judge Joan Huddy Rosenzweig, and then as Deputy Secretary to the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. Janet sits on the Board of Director of the National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a past chair of the New York Chapter of the AILA, and served four years on the executive board.  She is a frequent lecturer on business immigration topics, particularly labor certifications, for business and educational organizations including the New York State Bar Association, American Council on International Personnel, ILW.com and AILA.




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.


Jojo Annobil is the Executive Director of Immigrant Justice Corps, an innovative two year fellowship program for recent law school and college graduates.

He is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law where he co-teaches the Immigrant Defense Clinic and serves as Special Counsel to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department’s Disciplinary Committee on Immigration matters.

He also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Representation.


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. 


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.


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 www.friedfrank.com.


Frederick Troncone is an Acting Chief within the Case Resolution Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services.  In this capacity, he manages of professional staff of Immigration Law Analysts and Case Resolution Specialists who review case problems submitted by individuals and employers seeking assistance with immigration benefits petitions or applications filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Troncone joined the Ombudsman’s Office in 2008, where he previously served as Senior Advisor to the Ombudsman on employment affairs, and as a Senior Immigration Law Analyst.  Prior to joining DHS, Troncone practiced immigration law, as well as labor and employment law, in the private sector in Washington, DC and Hawaii.  While in Hawaii, Troncone served a term as the Chair of the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s Hawaii Chapter. He began his legal career as an Attorney-Advisor to the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, where he practiced from 1983 to 1988 in the Division of Enforcement Litigation, Office of Appeals.  Troncone earned his Juris Doctorate at  University of Toledo, College of Law, and Baccalaureate Degree at Penn State University.


Mark Noferi teaches a Civil Rights and Immigration seminar at Brooklyn Law School, as well as legal writing. Professor Noferi's research interests focus on immigrants' rights, and criminal, constitutional and administrative law. He recently published on the right to counsel for immigration detainees (http://works.bepress.com/mnoferi/3/), and previously on due process limits on conspiracy liability. He also chairs a subcommittee of the New York City Bar studying immigration detention, which is actively advocating Congress for appointed counsel and reduced detention in immigration proceedings.  Their materials are available at http://www.nycbar.org/immigration-a-nationality-law.


Peter T. Schiron, Jr., is an assistant general counsel with Deloitte LLP in New York City, where he provides strategic legal advice and counseling to the organization on a wide range of immigration and employment law matters, with a focus on global business immigration and international workforce compliance issues. In this role, he oversees the global mobility legal function of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries, and guides leadership and senior management in formulating U.S. and global immigration policies and compliance practices for the organization. Mr. Schiron received his law degree from William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, VA, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to business immigration and employment practices.


Robert C. Divine chairs of 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.


William A. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, where he leads the Employment-Based Immigration Team from the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters.  He handles all aspects of immigration law, including assisting companies and individuals in obtaining employment- and family-based visas; resolving citizenship issues and obtaining naturalization; and defending clients in DHS and Department of Labor enforcement proceedings.  He is featured in The Best Lawyers in America, The Chambers Global Guide, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.  He has received the highest (“AV”) rating from the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review system, has taught immigration law at Villanova University School of Law, is a frequent speaker and author on immigration law topics, and is a Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the 14,000 member national organization of immigration lawyers.