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Immigration & Naturalization Institute 2013 (46th Annual)


Speaker(s): Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Camille J. Mackler, Cynthia J. 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

Robert C. Divine is the Chairman of the Immigration Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C., a law firm of over 650 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 20 cities in the U.S. 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 now in its Fifteenth Edition (see www.jurispub.com).  He has practiced immigration law since 1986, has served as Chair of various committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and currently serves on the EB-5 Liaison Committee of AILA. 

Mr. Divine is extremely involved in EB-5 advocacy.  He has served six years as Vice President of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), an association for EB-5 regional centers, and he frequently speaks on immigration topics and leads stakeholder discussions on EB-5. Under his leadership, Baker Donelson serves a wide range of legal needs for regional centers, developers, and investors, including immigration, securities, business, real estate, tax, and international.

Mr. Divine's practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, family sponsors, 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 including EB-5.


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.


Elizabeta Markuci

Liz Markuci is the Director of the Immigration Project at Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), where she trains and mentors volunteer lawyers working on immigration matters in the Children’s Projects, including “A Dream Not Deferred”, a project launched in 2011 to support immigrant high-school students on the path to college and employment. Liz co-chairs the Pro Bono Committee for the New York Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is a member of the National Immigration Project and Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


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.


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 long time 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 23 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.


Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin has served as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law.

Austin has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues. Most recently, he appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee's Social Security Subcommittee to discuss how to enforce immigrations laws at the worksite effectively. He also has testified before the Immigration Subcommittees of the House and Senate to share his knowledge on a variety of business immigration related topics, including the H-1B and L visa programs and corporate immigration compliance.

He 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.

Professional Accomplishments/Memberships

Chairman, City Bar Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Publications and Lectures

Austin has co-authored a number of publications including:

Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law & Practice, with Steven C. Bell, Practising Law Institute.


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 the past chair of AILA’s Ethics Committee; special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York; and is a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration.  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 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 2016 and as a star individual lawyer in New York by Chambers USA 2016 in immigration law.


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.


Linda Kenepaske has been representing private and corporate clients in all aspects of immigration law in her New York City based practice for over 25 years.  She particularly enjoys practicing at the intersection of immigration and criminal law.  Ms. Kenepaske 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, and lectures frequently on a variety of immigration topics.  She is AV Preeminent rated and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” since 2009.


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.


Professor Lenni B. 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. Visit: www.safepassageproject.org to learn more. The Project recruits, trains and mentors lawyers and student volunteers who are willing to represent immigrant youth and has won state and national awards for its promotion and support of pro bono work. She also teaches a clinic of advanced students who join other Safe Passage volunteers to screen immigrant youth at the New York Immigration Court each week. She is a national and international speaker on immigration topics.

She serves on several city, state and national taskforces devoted to expand resources for immigrants, especially unaccompanied migrant children. From 2012 to 2015 she was the Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. 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. She is the past chair of the AALS Immigration Law Section and past immigration committee chair for the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. 

Prior to joining academia, she practiced immigration law as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Bryan Cave, LLP. She is a native Arizonan and earned her law degree at the Arizona State College of Law in 1983. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia teaching both immigration law and a seminar on refugee law.

Professor Benson is an emeritus trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation (now the American Immigration Council) and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Until 2012, she was a member of the LexisNexis Faculty Advisory Board. For many years she has served on the Board of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. In June of 2013 she published: “Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies.” (Coauthors include Veronica Jeffers, Lindsay Curcio and Stephen Yale-Loehr). She has served as an expert witness on immigration law topics in administrative, civil, and criminal litigation.


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.


William A. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, a firm devoted exclusively to the practice of immigration and nationality law with offices in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.  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 is “AV” rated by the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review system.  He currently serves as First Vice President on the Executive Committee of AILA and is a past Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter.  In 2000, he received AILA’s Joseph Minsky Award, given to a lawyer under age 35 who has made outstanding contributions to the field of immigration law.  A frequent author and speaker on immigration law topics, he has also taught immigration law at Villanova University School of Law.  He has served on the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin and as a Senior Editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook published annually by AILA.