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)
    • 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, 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
    • Immigration and Naturalization Committee
  • National Immigration Project
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • 2014 President's Award (Human Rights Committee - Co-chair)
    • Recognized as North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
    • 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 (Volunteer Attorney)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (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
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Detention Watch Network
  • 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

2151 Hamline Avenue North, Suite 206, St. Paul, Minnesota  55113
Tel: (651) 486-7117 | Fax: (651) 486-7106

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

Credit cards accepted