What’s Happening!


Have news you want to share with the AILA community? It might be a professional announcement, notice of a move, an award you’ve won, or something a bit more personal, such as news of a wedding or a new addition to your family. Send a 500- to 700-character blurb to Rachel Pulda, Online Editorial Manager, at rpulda@aila.org and we’ll add it to our What's Happening page. Submissions may be edited at our discretion.


  • Arnulfo D. Hernandez, Managing Partner of Hernandez & Associates, P.C., was named to Law Week Colorado's 2018 Top Litigators.
  • Attorney Indera DeMine of DeMine Immigration Law Firm was honored by Hodges University on March 2, 2018, as a Woman of Character, Courage, Clarity and Commitment for her work in the community.
  • My American Dreams makes short films to educate and reach the hearts and minds of Americans about the undocumented members of our society. President Obama's "Dreamers Act" significantly impacts the lives of young immigrants who arrived here by their 16th birthday before 2007. We have created six films about young Dreamers whose lives illustrate how the DACA law has allowed them to come out of the economic, educational, and social shadows. You can watch our newly released 30-minute documentary, "The Only Home I know”.
  • Christine M. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. was selected to receive the Hispanic National Bar Association's prestigious "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award.
  • Lauren Ross, an active AILA member, recently started her own practice after nearly 8 years working at one of the largest business immigration firms on both coasts of the U.S. Ross Law has offices in San Francisco and New York and offers many years of expertise in all facets of business immigration including NIV and IV matters of all types and I-9 compliance. You can learn more about Lauren and the firm at www.rossimmigration.com.
  • Armando Olmedo, an AILA member and in-house counsel at Univision, just finished co-authoring a book, sponsored by our company, that I believe might be of interest to the Spanish-language immigrant community. As you may be aware, at Univision we are highly committed to educating, empowering and entertaining our audience. As part that commitment, Univision has just published the book “Inmigracion, Las Nuevas Reglas” so that our community may be better informed with regard to immigration agencies, law, and enforcement under the current administration. Information on the book can be found at the following site: https://www.univision.com/noticias/inmigracion/nuevas-reglas-de-inmigracion
  • David Nachman, Esq. of NPZ Law Group, P.C. invites you to a free event for HR professionals with updates on Form I-9, E-Verify, and IMAGE in the Trump era, as well as DOL audits and investigations. The event is on 3/15/18, in Madison, NJ.
  • Arnulfo D. Hernandez and Christine M. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. were selected as Top Latino Lawyers in 2017 by Latino Leaders Magazine.
  • Arnulfo D. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. was selected as one of Denver's Top Lawyers in Immigration law by 5280 Magazine.
  • Christine M. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. was named the President Elect (Presidency in 2019) of the Colorado Hispanic Bar
  • Teodora D Purcell, a widely respected business immigration attorney and pro bono champion in San Diego, CA has recently joined the San Diego office of Tafapolsky Smith Mehlman LLP, or TSM Immigration. Teodora (Teo) will lead the TSM's pro bono effort in San Diego, where she has received numerous awards for her legal and community service efforts. TSM Immigration has also expanded its US business immigration practice to enhance our immigration compliance offerings, while also continuing to grow its Global Immigration practice. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, London and Singapore, TSM Immigration will continue to provide a wide range of business immigration services along with its improved expertise in compliance and global (outbound) immigration.
  • M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas of Barnes & Thornburg's Chicago office was recently elected partner with the firm. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department and the Immigration and Global Mobility Services Practice Group. Ms. Badia-Tavas concentrates on immigration and naturalization law, focusing on immigration matters for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. She regularly counsels clients on the employment of foreign nationals, the permanent residency process, and immigration compliance issues. Ms. Badia-Tavas is on the Executive Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chicago Chapter, and a member of AILA's Congressional Advocacy and several government Liaison Committees. In addition, she is a member of the American Bar Association-International Section, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the UNO Metropolitan Leadership Institute of Chicago. Read more.
  • Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce the elevation of Tejas N. Shah to partnership, effective January 1, 2018. Tejas leads the firm's immigration practice, co-chairs the firm's diversity committee, and serves as a member of the Labor & Employment and Higher Education Practice Groups. His practice assists both employers and individuals in complying with the complex requirements of U.S. immigration law.
  • Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP has doubled the size of its immigration practice team with the additions of Andrew M. Wilson as partner and Nisha V. Fontaine (nee Jagtiani) as counsel.
  • Kerr Russell, Detroit law firm, is pleased to announce that Robert S. Anderson, immigration law, and Kenneth R. Lombardo, corporate law, have been selected to become members (partners) of the firm, effective January 1, 2018.
  • Susan McFadden has been awarded an MA in Turkish Studies, with distinction, by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)--the world’s leading research institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Her dissertation dealt with the co-evolution of German and Turkish citizenship laws as those two countries deal with the increasing number of German-born Turkish citizens. Susan continues to practice US immigration law in London, England with the firm she co-founded in 2004, Gudeon & McFadden.
  • Longtime AILA member Scott McVarish seeks to advocate for the immigration community in Congress. Scott, the owner of the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, is running for Congress in CA-25-- against an endangered GOP incumbent. Scott will be actively involved in immigration reform and is seeking partners to support both his campaign and be involved in fixing our immigration system after his election. Donate and contact him at scottmcvarishforcongress.com. In Congress, Scott will bring his expertise in immigration https://goo.gl/uBWKHr and be a strong and informed voice to help streamline processes and bring common sense fixes to the obstacles our clients deal with every day.
  • Kalman Resnick was recently given a major human rights award for aiding migrants by National Autonomous University of Mexico. Co-honorees included the ACLU and Dolores Huerta. Congratulations Kalman!
  • Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP today announced that the firm has significantly expanded its immigration practice with the recent hiring of seasoned immigration lawyers Eileen M. Martin as partner and Elizabeth M. Klarin as counsel. “We are continually focused on expanding our legal services to anticipate and meet our clients’ needs, and immigration has become a strategic imperative for many cross-border businesses,” said Kevin J. Cross, managing partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman. “As a firm that supports our clients holistically, the addition of Eileen and Beth allows us to offer even closer support for our clients’ cross-border projects and business needs. For more information, check out the press release.
  • Best Lawyers® in America has recognized Sheela Murthy of the Murthy Law Firm, and Adam Rosen, the Firm’s Assistant Managing Attorney, among the Best Lawyers® in America. The Murthy Law Firm is the world’s pre-eminent U.S. immigration law firm headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, with approximately 100 professionals working to solve immigration law issues for companies, universities, hospitals and others, across the U.S. Read this press release for more information.
  • Whether you are a regulator, a member of a state bar UPL committee, a state or federal prosecutor, or seeking to build alliances to aid in enforcement against the unauthorized practice, come experience the unique educational and networking opportunities offered by the 3rd ABA UPL School on October 26-27, 2017, at the Chicago Bar Association. The ABA UPL School offers a central forum for volunteer members of state and local bar UPL committees and commissions, and those charged with the prevention and prosecution of UPL violations to discuss current UPL challenges.
  • Greenlight welcomes Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project, back to Brooklyn to celebrate his newest anthology, celebrating the stories and voices of immigrants. Six Words Fresh Off the Boat captures hundreds of memoirs on the experience of immigration from across America, spanning cultures and generations . With contributors including Aziz Ansari ("Every immigrant's journey is truly incredible."), Junot Diaz ("We immigrants are America's true superpower.") and George Takei ("Even after internment, still love America."), as well as the cast and creative team of the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat and dozens of refugees, students, soldiers, athletes, and others, the collection paints a powerful portrait of who we are as a country, and where we came from. Larry Smith hosts an evening celebrating the new book including video, readings and backstories by contributors, and a Six-Word Slam for audience participation! Event takes place on September 18, 2017, at Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217).
  • Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak ( NPZ ) Law Group, P.C. - Opens a NEW Satellite Office in Somerset County NJ
    Managing Attorneys David Nachman, Michael Phulwani, and Ludka Zimovcak are pleased to offer U.S. and Canadian Immigration and Nationality Law support services for existing as well as new and burgeoning national and international businesses located along the Route 202 corridor from Bridgewater, NJ to Philadelphia, PA. Opening on August 1st, our new Somerset County office, located at 1348 U.S. Highway 202 South in Neshanic Station ( Branchburg ), NJ allows NPZ to extend our personalized legal services southward from its headquarters in Ridgewood, NJ in Bergen County. The new Somerset County office is conveniently located less than ½ hour drive from Edison, New Brunswick, and Princeton, NJ and one hour from Philadelphia, PA. For more information about our immigration and nationality law services, you are welcome to visit us at www.visaserve.com; send inquiries to info@visaserve.com; or call us at 201-670-0006
  • Jill Bloom who is an attorney works for Fragomen Worldwide in Phoenix. She has been promoted as a Partner on July 1, 2017.
    Jill Bloom, Partner (Phoenix) – Jill advises small, medium and large corporate clients in various industries on all aspects of business immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency with a focus on PERM, expatriate assignments, strategic compliance, and immigration support for corporate restructuring. She also advises on a wide range of family-based immigration issues. Jill speaks English and Spanish. She earned her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in 1999 and Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan in 1996. She is admitted to the bar in Arizona and Michigan. Jill first joined Fragomen as an Associate in the Troy office in 1999. She then continued her practice with the Global Mobility and Immigration division of a large U.S. law firm from 2003 until February 2008, when she rejoined Fragomen.
  • Christie Popp announces the recent addition of new partner, Greg Bullman, to the firm. Greg Bullman has 15 years of experience in state and federal litigation, appeals, and business law. Christie will continue to focus exclusively on immigration & naturalization law. The firm, previously the Popp Law Office, will now be known as Popp & Bullman, Attorneys-at-Law and is located in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Geoffrey A. Hoffman published an article in Notice & Comment, a blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulator Practice, titled Scrubbing Away Transparency and Our Immigration Resources, on the removal of government manuals including the EOIR Benchbook.
  • Alice Yardum-Hunter is honored from amongst global awards as Immigration Lawyer of the Year selected by CorporateLiveWire, from amongst all immigration lawyers in Los Angeles in 2017. CorporateLiveWire is an online space for the global corporate world. Alice’s practice of more than 30 years is diverse and global in reach. She may be reached at alice@yardum-hunter.com or in the Pacific Time Zone at 818 609 1953. For more information, please visit us securely here.
  • Apostol Law Firm, LLC has officially launched. Attorney Florina Apostol is licensed in the State of Washington and operates the immigration law firm out of Orlando, Florida. The firm represents both corporate and individual clients across the US and around the world. For more information, please visit www.apostolvisa.com or call 1-844-276-8839.
  • Arkansas’ first immigration law firm & location are now for sale. Bryson Law Firm is located in Fayetteville, the multicultural jewel of beautiful Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and home to UA. NWA's many international corporations attract professionals worldwide. From 2000-2010, Arkansas' Hispanic population increased 114%. Fayetteville is ranked #1 by Business Insider as best place to live with average home prices under 250K. Fayetteville is ranked #5 by US News & World Report as #5 best place to live. Fayetteville is Arkansas' fastest growing city. NWA is the #22 fastest growing US metro area. For a sale flyer or more information, contact Alene Bryson at 479 249 5359 or a-bryson@swbell.net
  • Lolita Brayman published an article in Foreign Policy on the recent detention and possible deportation of Iraqi Christians, titled “Is It Still a Muslim Ban if Christian Refugees Are Punished?” The Trump administration has decided to deport Iraqi Christians back to their dangerous homeland, and the timing is more than a little suspicious.
  • The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to welcome its latest attorney, Allison Terry. She has an impressive background in immigration matters and an acute desire to help navigate complex issues of U.S. immigration law for the benefit of businesses and families that approach the Murthy Law Firm for its international reputation as the world's leading U.S. immigration law firm.
  • The Murthy Law Firm's signage lights up the night sky in Owings Mills, MD. The world's leading U.S. immigration law firm has been in the same high rise building in the Owings Mills Town Center since its inception in 1994. The Firm has witnessed continued growth and success over the years. Although an offer was made several years ago to have the building signage of the Murthy Law Firm, the Firm's Executive team seemed reluctant at that time to have the building signage. Recently, to celebrate the Firm's 23rd Anniversary, the leadership team decided to go ahead with the building signage of the Murthy Law Firm, to reflect the Firm's global headquarters in Owings Mills as clients travel from across the U.S. and the world to meet with various legal staff of the Murthy Law Firm.
  • Pauvarel Moss Law Firm, PLLC has opened in Houston, Texas. Attorney Eglantine M. Pauvarel Moss is licensed in the State of Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.us-immigrationsolutions.com/or call 832-588-7786.
  • Working as a lawyer leads to a lot of stress, depression and anxiety, and these psychological issues are increasingly manifesting themselves through smoking, heavy drinking and other substance abuse. Smoking is just one of the problems the legal profession is facing. One study looked into the issue of alcoholism among lawyers, and found that 20.6% of the 12,825 lawyers surveyed were deemed to drink to a hazardous, harmful or potentially alcohol-dependent drinking. This study also found smoking rates of around 16.9 percent, but this is for smoking in the past year rather than current smoking. To learn more, read Smoking Among Lawyers: A Symptom of a Bigger Problem, a report by Tobacco Free Life.
  • As reported in the Chronicle, a forum was held on March 20, 2017, to alleviate fears and provide resources for undocumented and documented immigrants. During the forum, attorneys from Hartford Legal Group LLC urged audience members to come up with a plan that would be used if a family member was deported. " Since November, I've seen such an increase in people's fears and tonight, I want to prepare you," said Hartford Legal Group attorney Erin O'Neil-Baker. "My sincere hope is you never have to use any of this." For more information, people can contact the Hartford Legal Group LLC at 860-466-4278 or by visiting the firm's website, www.HartfordLegalGroup.com.
  • Matthews Immigration Group is now open for business. Attorney Stuart Matthews is licensed in Maryland and operates the firm out of Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.matthewsimmigration.com or call 919.882.2026.
  • Lynn Susser, Managing and co-Founding Partner of Siskind Susser P.C. was named the winner of Memphis Business Journal’s 2017 “Best of the Bar Private Firm – Small” category on Tuesday, March 7. Members of the legal community made nominations and a panel of judges (four local attorneys) determined the “Best of the Bar” finalists, who were then evaluated on legal excellence; service to their profession; and community involvement. Susser and four other finalists were included in this category.
  • Dubale Law, LLC has officially launched. The boutique immigration law firm is in Atlanta, Georgia. Attorney Sarah G. N. Dubale, who is licensed in Georgia, is the managing member of the firm. For more information, please visit www.dubalelaw.com or call 404-919-4766.
  • Lawyers who speak both Spanish and English may be interested in a new book written by Professors S.I. Strong of the University of Missouri, Katia Fach Gómez of the University of Zaragoza, and Laura Carballo Piñeiro of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Comparative Law for Spanish-English Lawyers: Legal Cultures, Legal Terms and Legal Practices / Derecho comparado para abogados anglo- e hispanoparlantes: Culturas jurídicas, términos jurídicos y prácticas jurídicas (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2016), is an entirely bilingual text that seeks to help those who are conversationally fluent in a second language achieve legal fluency in that language. The book is appropriate for both group and individual study, and provides practical and doctrinal insights into a variety of English- and Spanish-speaking jurisdictions. The book is available in both hard copy and electronic form, and Elgar is currently offering a discount on website sales. See http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/comparative-law-for-spanish-english-lawyers for more information or contact Professor S.I. Strong at strongsi@missouri.edu.
  • Nolan Rappaport wrote an article for The Hill titled, “To Control Immigration, Trump Needs to Think Outside the Wall.”
  • Scott Pollock started running for exercise five years ago when he was 53. On December 4, 2016, he ran the California International Marathon, his 4th full marathon, with a personal best time of 3 hours, 35 minutes, and 48 seconds. That is an age group qualifying time for the 2018 Boston Marathon, which he plans to train for and run. Congratulations Scott!
  • Christine M. Hernandez wrote an article for the Colorado Bar Association, “Unaccompanied Alien Children: A Crisis in Our Immigration Courts,” which provides an overview of the legal rights afforded to unaccompanied alien children and encourages pro bono representation of them.
  • Nolan Rappaport comments on Senate plans for immigration enforcement legislation in 2017.
  • Rosanna Berardi, founder and managing partner of Berardi Immigration Law, has been named a recipient of Buffalo Business First’s 2016 “Women of Influence” awards. Ms. Berardi was honored with the award at Business First’s annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on September 23, 2016, at Millennium Hotel in Buffalo. Read this press release for more information.
  • Fakhoury Law Group (FLG), an AV Preeminent-rated immigration law firm has been named as a Best Metropolitan Tier 3 law firm in U.S. News and Best Lawyer's Best Law Firms 2017. Inclusion on this esteemed list requires a rigorous evaluation process encompassing client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading immigration attorneys. FLG's presence in the 2017 list reflects our commitment to client-centered service, wide-ranging expertise in all branches of immigration law, civility, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Travar Law, Immigration Online & Unbundled, is now open. Heather Travar is licensed in Alabama and located in Raleigh, North Carolina at 8601 Six Forks Rd, Suite 400. 919-882-2144.
  • Nolan Rappaport wrote an article for the Huffington Post, “President Elect Donald Trump will not be able to deport millions of people."
  • Nolan Rappaport wrote an article for Huffington Post, "I Expect Our New President To Facilitate Comprehensive Immigration Reform."
  • Congratulations to Noemi Masliah for being honored with the Leading Light Award from Immigration Equality for having co-founded the organization and for her years of work as an immigration attorney.
  • Nolan Rappaport wrote an article on a major border security issue that will not be solved by the policy proposals of Trump or Clinton.
  • Nolan Rappaport represented the Democrats on the House Immigration Subcommittee for seven years and has written major immigration reform bills for Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. He thinks that the Democrats have moved in the wrong direction in recent years, making progress on comprehensive immigration reform impossible. He has expressed his views on this and other immigration issues in the 60 articles he has published since retiring.
  • Ann Massey Badmus has joined Scheef & Stone, LLP as partner and head of the immigration section of the firm. She also recently published an opinion article on the need for immigration reform, "U.S. immigration system fails to deliver on promise of America" in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • The American Friends Service Committee is hiring a Senior Detention Attorney. The Senior Detention Attorney is responsible for: Implementation and monitoring of AFSC’s Friends Representation Initiative of New Jersey (FRINJ) before the Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Court; mentoring detention attorneys and providing substantive legal support on cases; direct legal representation; participation in statewide and nationwide detention-related advocacy activities; participation in immigrant rights program services.
  • The Shah Peerally Law Group PC has now a branch in Washington DC, few blocks from the White House. The office houses Attorney Sharif S. Silmi and will include its own support staff With its headquarters in Newark CA, the Shah Peerally Law Group PC is well recognized for its business immigration, family immigration and civil rights work. Shah Peerally was the lawyer who actually advocated for the famous H4 EAD rules. He also hosts a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170 AM. For more information visit www.Peerallylaw.com or call 202-656-5553.
  • Lehach Filippa, the leading immigration law firm for creative professionals, announces a new artist visa fellowship program that will provide up to six international artists with full access to legal counsel and services on a yearly basis. The Lehach Filippa Fellowship Program begins accepting applications today on a rolling basis all application components and instructions for the process are available at lehachfilippa.com/fellowship-program. For more information, read this press release.
  • Congratulations to AILA NorCal member Helen Hui who received an award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service by the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco.
  • Henry Chang recently published an article on why U.S. citizens are being banned from Canada for DUIs. A slightly streamlined version was also published in the Huffington Post Canada.
  • Michael Vastine provided a detailed practice advisory on (1) the latest Attorney General decision on the categorical approach (Matter of Chairez & Sama (Chairez-Castrejon IV)) and (2) the non-reviewability of USCIS determinations of waivers of inadmissibility for U-visa applicants (Matter of Khan). Many thanks go to Litigation Committee members Mark Prada and Mario Urizar, partners at Prada Urizar, PLLC.
  • Seeking U.S. Host Campuses for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraqi Law and Human Rights Scholars. For more details regarding the program and instructions on how to submit a proposal, please visit the CIES website at http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-visiting-scholar-program-iraq. If you have any questions, please contact us at juniorfaculty@iie.org.
  • Indera D. DeMine, Esq. opened her own immigration law firm in Fort Myers, Florida called DeMine Immigration Law Firm. She is currently sharing an office space with her husband at 2550 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Her phone number is 239-745-5525.
  • Congratulations to Arturo Jiménez for being selected as the 2016 recipient of CABE’s Federico Peña Community Service Award. The purpose of the CABE Federico Peña Community Service Award is to honor, on behalf of CABE, an individual who is making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication in the field of Bilingual Education. Mr. Jiménez was selected to receive this honor because of his daily work on behalf of immigrants and his representation of the community on the Denver Public School Board.
  • AILA member Geoffrey Hoffman wrote an article that examines whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposed “border wall” between the United States and Mexico is a violation of U.S. or international law.
  • AILA members Kate Adams and Ashley Feasley wrote an article that examines the special immigrant non-minister religious worker program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2016, unless Congress takes action to reauthorize it.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 15071005.