Focus: Immigration & Nationality Law

  • Asylum

  • Other Forms of Humanitarian Relief (TPS, DED, DACA, VAWA, U, T, and S visas, Humanitarian Parole)

  • Removal (Deportation) Proceedings

  • Appellate (Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court)

  • Family and Marriage-based Immigration

  • Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship

  • Special Immigrant Juveniles

  • Business Immigration (H, L, and E-2 visas)

  • Religious Workers (R visas)

  • Students (F, J, and M visas)

  • Researchers and Scholars

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

    • Board of Publications (National) (2016-Present)

      • Vice-chair (2019-Present)

    • Federal Circuit Court Asylum Case Wrangler (National) (2012-Present)

    • Refugee & Asylum Liaison Committee (National) (2012-2016)

    • Distance Learning Committee (National) (Co-chair) (2011-2012)

    • Planning Subcommittee for 2011 AILA National Annual Conference, San Diego. (Fundamentals and Special Sessions)

    • Immigration Reform Committee (National) (2010-2011)

    • Planning Committee for 2009 AILA National Fall Conference, Boston. ("Goin' to the Crossroads of Immigration and Criminal Law: Convictions, Removability, and Relief")

    • Planning Subcommittee for 2009 AILA National Annual Conference, Las Vegas. (Due Process, Enforcement, Criminal, and Asylum)

    • Co-Liaison with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
      (Minnesota/Dakotas AILA Chapter) (2009-2012)

    • Immigrants of Distinction Awards Committee (Minnesota/Dakotas AILA Chapter) (2008-2013)

  • Federal Bar Association (FBA), Advisory Board Member, Immigration Law Section (2010-2012)

  • Pro Se Project of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, and the Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

  • Steering Committee Member: National Campaign to Safeguard the Due Process Rights of Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled People, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (2009-2010)

  • American Bar Association (ABA)

    • Immigration and Naturalization Committee

  • National Immigration Project

  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)

  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS)

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

    • 2014 President's Award (Human Rights Committee - Co-chair)

    • Recognized as North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    • Immigration Law Section (former Chair)

    • Human Rights Committee (former Co-chair) (1993-2014)

    • Diversity Planning Task Force (2009-2010)

    • COLLEAGUE Program-Immigration Law (Consulting Attorney)

    • Haiti Relief Committee (2010)

  • Haitian Asylum Project (Catholic Emergency Legal Aid for Haitians), Miami. (May 1992)

  • The Advocates for Human Rights (Consulting Attorney)

    • 2010 Volunteer Award Co-Recipient

  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) (Volunteer Attorney)

  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (Wall of Tolerance Honoree)

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (Founding Sponsor)

  • Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

  • Brennan Center for Justice

  • Detention Watch Network (DWN)

  • The Carter Center

  • Global Minnesota (formerly known as Minnesota International Center)

  • Center for Global Education, Augsburg College

  • City of Shoreview, Minnesota Human Rights Commission (former Chair and member) (1995-2013)

  • Proud Sponsor of Programming at Community-based KBEM-FM Radio (Jazz88FM), Minneapolis

Publications, Posts, Presentations & Teaching

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Anthropology w/ minor Broadcasting & Film
    (University of Iowa, Iowa City)

    • Phi Eta Sigma

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • M.A.: Cultural Anthropology (University of Iowa, Iowa City)

  • M.A.: Social Anthropology (University of California, Davis)

  • J.D. : (Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota)

Contact Info

1912 Lexington Avenue North, Suite 300, St. Paul, Minnesota  55113
Tel: (651) 486-7117 | Fax: (651) 486-7106

 P.O. Box 120351, St. Paul, Minnesota  55112

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