1 Speaker Bios Andrade, Maria - Friday PM - Basics Ms. Andrade is an immigration attorney who founded a boutique immigration law firm in Boise, Idaho. The firm, Andrade Legal, is a full-service immigration law, with specialties in the intersection of criminal and immigration law. The four attorney firm handles removal defense, detention hearings, family immigration business immigration and employer related immigration matters. Ms. Andrade frequently advises criminal defense attorneys on immigration consequences of criminal convictions and on a variety of immigration matters to local and national audiences. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project, on the advisory committee to the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council, has served as faculty for the LAC's immigration litigation institute and is a founding member of Idaho's pro-bono immigration network. Ms. Andrade obtained her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Batrakova, Irina - Friday AM - Basics Irina Batrakova s practice is primarily concentrated in the area of business and family-based immigration. Together with a team of trusted business professionals, she works with domestic and international companies in developing appropriate strategies to facilitate the international transfer of skilled employees and secure temporary employment visas and permanent residence. Irina manages the relationship with key corporate clients, providing legal advice and guidance to small and large companies on the issues of immigration and compliance. Irina also works with individual clients in the area of family-based immigration, and to date, has represented clients from over 70 countries around the world. Irina is a native of Russia, who in 1994 was selected to participate in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of the Freedom Support Act (FSA) of She was one of 1,200 talented and motivated students who spent the 1994 academic year in the U.S. with a goal to enhance an understanding and dialogue between the people of the U.S. and Russia. Irina went on to graduate Cum Laude from Portland State University in 2000 before embarking on her legal path at Lewis and Clark Law School. Prior to founding The Batrakova Law Office (TBLO) in 2012, Irina was an Immigration Associate at one of the largest business immigration practices in the U.S. of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC in Raleigh, NC, where she was managing the relationships with key corporate clients, providing legal advice and guidance to small, mid-size and Fortune 100 companies on the issues of immigration and compliance. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Irina was an Immigration Attorney with a boutique firm of Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she practiced in the area of employment-based and family-based immigration.
2 Benson, Ann - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal Ann Benson is the Directing Attorney for the Washington Defender Association's Immigration Project in Seattle, and a collaborating attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She provides training and technical assistance to defense attorneys, judges and prosecutors to understand the immigration consequences of criminal convictions facing noncitizen defendants and their families. Additionally, Ann works collaboratively with organizations in Washington State and throughout the country to defend the due process rights of immigrant defendants and to reverse the increasing trend of criminalizing immigrant communities. Along the way Ann has worked as the Legal Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and taught immigration law at the University of Washington School of Law. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, One America (formerly Hate Free Zone) and the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women. In 2005 Ann received the Lexis Nexis Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law. In 2009 she was honored with the "Friend of the Judiciary" award from the Washington Women Lawyers Association. Biasi, Nancy - Friday AM - Basics Nancy Biasi is Chief of the Consular Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She has served in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bogota, Colombia; Mumbai, India; and Monterrey, Mexico, since joining the Department of State in Nancy is from Portland, Oregon, where she worked for the City of Portland as Chief of Staff for elected officials and as a program manager prior to becoming a Foreign Service Officer. She has a Master's degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Blackford, Sheila - Thursday AM - Basics Sheila Blackford received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. with Tax Law Concentration from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, she is the former Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice, the magazine published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. She is active in various LPM Section committees and currently serving on the Section Council. She is a member of OSB Public Service Advisory Committee and the OSB/OJD Task Force on Oregon ecourt Implementation. Ms. Blackford has been a Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since She has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the School of Law at University of Oregon, teaching a Law Practice Management course during the January Term. A former sole practitioner, she provides confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and ethics complaints. In addition to her legal experience, she has over 10 years of teaching and marketing experience. She is a frequent speaker about practice management for law-related organizations, including the Professional Liability Fund, the Oregon State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Upper Law Society of Canada. She is a contributing author to the Fee Agreement Compendium published by the OSB and to the PLF law practice management handbooks. Her articles frequently appear in legal publications, including the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, In Brief,
3 Law Practice Magazine and Law Practice TODAY, and LTN Law Technology News. In between articles, she writes the Just Oregon Lawyers blog and tweets technology and practice management tips on Twitter. Boell, Jessica - Thursday AM - Benefits & Removal Jessica Boell is a partner with Immigrant Law Group PC. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2001 and was awarded a Berkeley Law Foundation one-year fellowship for Jessica's past work experience includes positions at the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, Contra Costa Public Defender's Office and as a language teacher in Spain. Her practice specializes in removal defense, family-based immigration, federal court appeals, and assisting individuals fleeing persecution. Jessica teaches immigration law at Portland Community College. In 2008, she was part of the legal team at ILG that received the Gerald H. Robinson Award for Excellence in Immigration Advocacy from the Oregon AILA Chapter. She was selected as a Super Lawyer for Oregon in 2008, 2009, 2011 and Jessica enjoys presenting on immigration topics at local, regional and national conferences. Brown, Karol - Friday PM - Basics Karol Brown advises businesses and families on immigration law. She holds a Master s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Yale Law School. She has taught Immigration Law at the University of Washington School of Law. She also founded the Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, which enables law students to take on human rights projects for organizations throughout the world. In 2010, Ms. Brown was awarded the Advocacy Award from the national American Immigration Lawyers Association for her work to increase awareness of and promoting the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. Karol served as an attorney in a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prevent the deportation of over 3,000 individuals to Somalia. She served on the Executive Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers of Washington, and organized Continuing Legal Education programs for the organization. She has worked with the American Bar Association and the Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Washington to study detention conditions in immigration facilities. Karol has also worked as a Policy and Advocacy Director for Hate Free Zone Washington. In that role, she organized a grassroots voter mobilization and media campaign for immigrant communities. She has consulted for governments, non-profit organizations and major corporations, such as Microsoft s Law and Corporate Affairs, on analyzing processes and implementing solutions. Chokey, Jim - Thursday AM - Business Jim Chokey is an Immigration Paralegal at Parrilli Renison in Portland, Oregon and has fifteen years experience assisting attorneys in the field of business immigration. He has prepared more PERMs and I-140s than he can keep track of, and has learned the importance of staying one step ahead of the government s progressively more arbitrary and counterintuitive interpretations of the regulations. Jim holds a Bachelor s degree from Wesleyan University and a pair of Master s degrees from Stanford University.
4 Christoffersen, Lisa - Friday AM - Business Lisa Christoffersen is the founder and principal attorney of Christoffersen Law PS in Seattle, WA. She has been practicing employment-based immigration law since Lisa serves on the AILA Washington Executive Committee and has chaired the chapter's Department of State and Department of Labor Liaison Committees. Lisa received her BA from Middlebury College, and her MAIS and JD from the University of Washington. She is listed in SuperLawyers. Ciesielski, Anna - Thursday AM - Basics Anna Ciesielski is co-founder of Oregon Immigration Group, PC, an immigration law firm in Portland, Oregon. The practice focuses exclusively on immigration law, specifically on family based visas and waivers, removal defense, citizenship, asylum, advanced issues in U Visa/VAWA, advocacy on behalf of children, and litigation. Prior to founding Oregon Immigration Group, PC, Anna Ciesielski was the Senior Staff Attorney at ICS, a non-profit immigration law firm in Portland. Anna was the lead attorney for a collaborative project assisting children detained in federal immigration custody in the State of Oregon. Before working at ICS, Anna worked as an attorney helping refugees with immigration matters at Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees. Anna earned her J.D., cum laude, at the University of San Francisco School of Law, in June 2006, and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Oregon, in June Anna has previously presented at the AILA regional conference, University of Oregon Symposiums, educational classes for other immigration attorneys, the Portland Human Rights Commission and taught several classes at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has been a member of the Immigrant Crime Victims' Rights Subcommittee of the Oregon Department of Justice and Multnomah County Joint Human Trafficking Task Force. She is currently a member of the Multnomah County Children Welfare Council's Immigration Issues Committee. She is a member of the AILA and speaks Spanish fluently. Cowan, Pamela - Friday PM - Business Pamela S. Cowan, a principal in the firm Cowan Miller & Lederman, is a graduate of Stanford University, and the University of Washington and Harvard Law Schools. For over twenty-five years she has limited her practice to immigration law, specializing in the needs of businesses and professionals. Pam served as a national director of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for eight years ( ) and has served as Vice President and President of the Washington AILA Chapter. She is a frequent speaker on business related immigration law, including presentations at AILA National Conferences, Washington State Bar Conventions, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and to professional business organizations. Pam has chaired liaison committees with the INS, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Department of Labor at both the state and national levels. She has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" for many years in Washington Law and Politics and as one of Seattle's "Top Lawyers" in Seattle Magazine.
5 Cruz, Henry - Thursday PM - Benefits & Removal Henry Cruz is a partner at Rios & Cruz, P.S., in Seattle, WA. He has practiced immigration law for over 11 years, with a focus on removal defense. He regularly practices before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was the Project Coordinator at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice in Seattle, WA and the Coordinating Attorney at the Political Asylum Project of Austin in Texas. From , he served as Chair of the ICE Liaison Committee of the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (WA AILA), and was awarded WA AILA's 2009 Pro Bono Award for Most Significant Pro Bono Work Having the Greatest Impact. From , he served as a commissioner on the WA State Commission on Hispanic Affairs and was the Chair of its Justice and Equity Committee. He also served on the Board of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) as Co-VP of Membership and Services and Co-Chair of its Immigration Committee from He was awarded LBAW's Miembro Excepcional award for 2007, and was named the 2008 Latino Hero of Washington by Regence Blue Shield. He volunteers as a big brother, and was a member of the Latino Mentoring Advisory Council with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound from He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. David, Alma - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Alma David joined the firm of Rios & Cruz in Prior to attending law school, she worked at a human rights advocacy organization for four years. As an associate attorney, her practice focuses on immigration law, including removal defense, U visas, asylum, family-based petitions, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has volunteered as a pro bono attorney with Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice, the Northwest Immigrants' Rights Project, and the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Alma is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Davis Frick, Hollie - Friday PM - Business Specialization in both employment based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. Joined Tonkon Torp in July 2010 and has over 20 years' experience working in large law firms in Portland, including over seven years of experience working as an immigration paralegal. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, managed business and family based immigration cases from 2006 to 2010 at Davis Wright Tremaine. Wide range of expertise in employment immigration. Employment-based experience encompasses the spectrum of both nonimmigrant and immigrant status, including ancillary applications for employment authorization, travel documents, and visa applications abroad.
6 Djamilova, Liya - Friday PM - Basics Liya is a solo practitioner in Seattle, Washington. Currently, Liya's practice focuses mainly on removal cases in Tacoma, Seattle and Portland, as well as VAWA, U and applications and asylum. Before opening her solo practice, Liya was an associate at Villacorta Law in Tacoma, WA. Liya holds a Bachelor of Law from the Tashkent State School of Law. She was licensed to practice law in Uzbekistan and worked there in the field of human rights for ten years. After moving to the United States, she worked at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, WA as a VAWA paralegal. After that, she received an LLM from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in Liya is admitted to the State Bar of California. She is a board member of the Northwest Detention Center Roundtable. Ellis, Lisa - Friday PM - Basics Lisa N. Ellis is the Principal Attorney at Ellis Immigration Law, LLC. Her practice focuses on employment and family based immigration law and global migration. Lisa speaks regularly on immigration topics nationally and regionally. Her book, Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors: What You Need to Know was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters. She is a graduate of Whitman College and the University of The Oregon School of Law where she was an Executive Editor for THE OREGON LAW REVIEW. She current serves on the AILA Board of Publications. Fishleder, Barbara - Thursday AM - Basics Barbara S. Fishleder received her J.D. from John Marshall Law School and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) director of personal and practice management assistance/executive director of the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program. Her responsibilities include management of the PLF's confidential programs [the Practice Management Advisor Program and the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP)] and educating lawyers on malpractice traps (through seminars, practice aids, handbooks, and newsletters). Ms. Fishleder is a contributing author to A Guide to Setting Up and Running Your Law Office, A Guide to Setting Up and Using Your Lawyer Trust Account, and A Guide to Protecting Your Clients' Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death, published by the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund. Prior to her current work at the PLF, Ms. Fishleder was a PLF Claims Attorney ( ) and was in private practice ( ) specializing in insurance and workers' compensation defense. She is on the board of directors of the Oregon Lawyer Assistance Foundation. Frydman, Lisa - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Lisa Frydman is the associate director and managing attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), where she focuses on the Center s impact litigation, national policy advocacy, and technical assistance programs. Prior to joining CGRS, Lisa was a staff attorney at Legal Services for Children and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), where she represented immigrant children. Lisa is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law.
7 Gibbs, Robert - Thursday AM - Business Robert H. Gibbs is a founding partner of Gibbs Houston Pauw. He has practiced immigration law since 1977, handling a wide variety of employment, family, citizenship, asylum and deportation cases. His practice includes federal court litigation to remedy agency decisions (or failure to make them), as well as class actions to obtain relief for thousands of individuals. He has represented entities in a broad range of industries including software, health care, restaurants, manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, forest products, international trade, professional services, construction, sports and the arts. Mr. Gibbs has a top rating (AV) from the leading national lawyers' directory, Martindale-Hubbell, is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in business immigration, as well as by Who's Who Legal He is annually ranked a Washington State "Super Lawyer" in immigration practice by Law & Politics Magazine. Mr. Gibbs is a frequent lecturer at seminars for attorneys and employers on immigration law and workplace compliance, federal court litigation, and naturalization. Ginsburg, Richard - Thurs. AM - Benefits & Removal; Thurs. PM - Basics; Friday AM - Basics Richard (Dick) Ginsburg received his J.D. degree from The National Law Center, George Washington University in He practices law in Hillsboro, Oregon and limits his practice to immigration law. He is a founding member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served as its Chairperson and Treasurer and is presently its liaison with the Portland Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has chaired AILA national committees, worked on legislative and regulatory issues and has written and spoken on immigration topics at state, regional and national levels. He and of his staff are fluent in Spanish. Godfrey, Elizabeth - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Elizabeth Godfrey is an Assistant Field Office Director of the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Oregon and has worked in the Portland, OR INS/ICE office for more than twenty-seven (27) years. She spent the first twelve years of her career with the Adjudications Branch of the former INS, as a Legalization Adjudicator, Immigration Examiner and District Adjudications Officer; interviewing applicants and petitioners for a variety of immigration benefits. In January 1999, Ms. Godfrey became a Deportation Officer with the Detention, Deportation and Parole Branch of INS and in 2005 was promoted to a Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer. In January 2007, she was promoted to her current position and has program responsibility for the Criminal Alien Program, which includes the Secure Community Initiative and the Violent Criminal Alien Section, for the State of Oregon and SW Washington. Prior to her employment with INS, Ms. Godfrey worked as a caseworker and "Accredited Representative" with Immigration Counseling Service (ICS), a non-profit organization established to provide immigration legal assistance to low and no-income foreign-born nationals. There she represented persons before the INS who required assistance with deportation defense, immigration and nationality benefit applications, and overseas immigrant visa processing. She has also worked as a private contracting legal assistant to several Portland area attorneys who practice immigration law.
8 Greenfield, Ester - Friday AM - Business Ester's practice focuses on immigration law with an emphasis on labor certifications, multinational managers, and outstanding researchers. She also assists individuals and businesses with family based immigrant petitions, naturalization, and petitions for status under the Violence Against Women Act. She has participated in formulating large scale immigration business solutions and policies and has advocated for reform before the U.S. Department of Labor at the national level. She is a frequent speaker and writer concerning labor certification issues throughout the country. Hasche, Tilman - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal Tilman Hasche, a shareholder of Parker, Butte and Lane, P.C., focuses his practice on family immigration, deportation / removal litigation, asylum, and complex admissibility issues. He also heads the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. In 1994 Tilman received national recognition in the first-of-its-kind case of Matter of Oluloro, where he obtained a waiver of deportation for a client asserting that her daughters would be subjected to female genital mutilation if she were deported to her home country. A frequent speaker at CLE events and expert witness on immigration issues, he, himself, has been through the immigration process. Tilman immigrated to this country from Germany as a child and, long before he became a lawyer, handled the process for immigrating his wife, a native of Chile. Fluent in several languages, in a prior life Tilman worked overseas as a sales representative for a Fortune 500 heavy equipment manufacturer. Hawkins, Elizabeth - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Elizabeth Hawkins practices in the area of immigration law. Her practice focuses on removal defense, family-based immigration, asylum, and other forms of humanitarian relief, such as the U visa for victims of qualifying crimes. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and represents individuals and families throughout the state of Washington, including those detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Elizabeth dedicates a significant part of her practice to representing women and men who have been subjected to abuse. She is co-chair of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) working group on the U visa and represents AILA on the King County Domestic Violence Initiative. She serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Immigration Law Clinic and volunteers her time with the Union Gospel Mission's Open Door Legal Services and Washington New Americans' Citizenship Day events. Elizabeth accepts pro bono cases through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) Hollister, Amber - Thursday AM - Benefits & Removal Deputy General Counsel Oregon State Bar - Provide prospective ethics guidance to lawyers and serve as in-house counsel to the Bar and its Board of Governors.
9 Hornik, Philip - Thursday PM - Basics Phil Hornik has practiced Immigration law since 1977 and has had a solo private practice in Portland since He is a frequent speaker at regional and national AILA conferences and has been the update editor since 1991 of the National Immigration Project s treatise Immigration Law and Defense, a twovolume treatise published semiannually by Reuters/Thomson West. He was cocounsel with Karen Musalo in Abebe v. Gonzales, 432 F.3d 1037 (9 th Cir. 205), an en banc decision which established the precedent that foreign-born parents of a U.S. citizen child may qualify for asylum if their child would be subjected to female genital mutilation in the parents home country. When Phil isn t practicing Immigration law, you are likely to find him playing guitar in one of several Portland musical ensembles, including Gary Furlow and Loafers who are playing Friday 2/21 at 7 PM at O Connor s Vault, 7850 SW Capital Highway. Hribernick, Paul - Friday AM - Business Paul R. Hribernick is a member of the four-lawyer immigration practice group at Black Helterline LLP in Portland, Oregon. Paul has served as Oregon Chapter Chair and in numerous AILA positions, including the National Board, the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (I-140 and I-129 product lines), the National Finance Committee, and as Chairman of the National Membership Committee. He has been a contributing author/editor for numerous AILA publications and has taught immigration law at the University of Oregon Law School. Paul was the lead counsel in Butros v. INS, 990 F.2d 1142 (9 th Cir. 1993), an en banc decision by the 9 th Circuit overturning Gonzales v. INS. Over the years, he has been unable to avoid designation in various Super-Duper Lawyer and Who s Who publications. Hutton, J. Ryan - Friday AM - Basics J. Ryan Hutton is the current acting Deputy Executive Director for Admissibility and Passenger Programs (APP) in Washington, D.C. APP is responsible for nationwide policy within U.S. Customs & Border Protection for the facilitation of all travelers entering the United States. Prior to his assignment in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hutton was the Port Director at the Massena Land Border Port of Entry in Rooseveltown, N.Y. and previously served as a supervisor at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. Mr. Hutton served on several long term assignments with the Immigration Advisory Program in Amsterdam, NL and London, England and also served as the OFO liaison to Interpol's Fugitive Division. Mr. Hutton received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his Juris Doctor from the Ohio Northern University College of Law and is admitted to practice to the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Hutton also studied political science at the Universit de Nantes, Nantes, France and at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France. In 2012, Mr. Hutton graduated from the Senior Leadership Program at The George Washington University.
10 Irvine, Cynthia - Thursday AM - Benefits & Removal Cynthia A. Irvine has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law for over 17 years. She is a founding partner of Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC, located in Kent, Washington and leads the Immigration Department of the firm. After graduating from law school with honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cynthia was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Honor s Program to be the Judicial Law Clerk for the Seattle Immigration Court. Her private practice has focused on family and employment based immigration matters, removal defense, waiver applications, consular processing, and administrative and federal court appeals. Cynthia is fluent in Spanish and speaks weekly on a local Hispanic radio station regarding immigration issues. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving several years on the Washington Chapter Executive Committee and participating in and chairing numerous local chapter committees. Jarvis, Peter - Thursday AM - Benefits & Removal Peter Jarvis is a partner in Holland & Knight's Portland office, where he practices primarily in the area of attorney professional responsibility and risk management. Mr. Jarvis advises lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal departments about the law governing lawyers. This includes, but is not limited to, matters relating to conflicts of interest, duties of confidentiality, other legal or professional ethics issues, advice on the avoidance of civil or criminal liability, law firm breakups, and questions relating to law firm or legal department structure and operation. Mr. Jarvis also serves as an expert witness and is an avid lecturer for public and private/in-house continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Jarvis has decades of experience as a trusted adviser to lawyers and also draws on his substantial background as a civil litigation attorney in matters involving antitrust, appellate, business tort, general contract, insurance, product liability, tax and Uniform Commercial Code concerns. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Jarvis was the partner-in-charge of the Portland office of a multistate law firm and was co-leader of that firm's national professional responsibility/risk management practice group. He also served for many years as the in-house ethics counsel for a multistate law firm. LaMorticella, Melina - Thursday PM - Business Melina LaMorticella is an Associate Immigration Attorney at Parrilli Renison in Portland, Oregon. She has extensive experience preparing temporary work visa petitions for employers and employment-based green card applications. Melina specializes in guiding employees of multi-national companies through consular visa procedures with U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the globe. She has also offered guidance to Portland State University students on visas, optional practical training and post-graduate immigration options.
11 Lara Silva, Sarah - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Sarah Lara Silva is an Assistant Chief Counsel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") in Portland, Oregon. She represents the Department of Homeland Security in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. As a member of the National Security Law Section, Sarah specializes in immigration cases involving national security issues. Her expertise also extends to human rights and juvenile issues. Prior to joining ICE, Sarah practiced appellate law with the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga School of Law, as a Thomas More Scholar. Sarah enjoys cooking, biking, and hiking all over the Pacific Northwest. Larrance, Susan - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal Susan Larrance is a solo immigration law practitioner in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2000 and was a law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II from 2000 to From 2002 to 2004, she practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law at The Choquette Law Group in Seattle. She has been providing immigration legal services at The Law Offices of Susan Larrance, PLLC since January Her practice focuses on business and family immigration, naturalization, and citizenship issues. Susan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Washington State Bar Association. She has volunteered regularly at the King County Bar Association Immigration Legal Clinic and has provided pro bono representation through the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project of the UW Law School and Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice. She has volunteered at Citizenship Day every year since 2007, and was on the Washington planning committee for the 2009 and 2010 Citizenship Days. She has mentored newer attorneys through the AILA mentor program since She has spoken as a panelist on family-based immigration topics at various events including the AILA Northwest Immigration Law Conferences in 2010, 2011 and Luther, Christina - Friday PM - Business Christina Luther is the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Portland State University, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She currently oversees the advising of the F and J student populations and supports advising of the J scholar, H and PR populations as well. Ms Luther has been active in her professional association, NAFSA, for most of her career, presenting at the local, state and national level, serving on the regional team and on national sub-committees. Her primary interest is regulatory interpretation and application, in particular since the re-write of the F-1 student regulations in She is currently serving on NAFSA s International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Sub- Committee.
12 Maier, Bradley - Thursday PM - Business Bradley Maier is a Senior Counsel at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He focuses his practice in the area of immigration and customs law and compliance. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Mr. Maier represents foreign and domestic companies, investors, families and individuals with a wide range of immigration matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), United States Department of Labor (DOL), United States Department of State (DOS), and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He helps clients make sense of the constantly changing federal laws and guides them through the process to acquire foreign talent and key personnel. Mr. Maier regularly handles applications for permanent residence including through labor certification, investment and family. Manning, Stephen - Thursday PM - Benefits & Removal Stephen Manning is a partner at Immigrant Law Group PC. He is a member of the Amicus Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association on which he coordinates nationwide litigation strategies to advance the rights of immigrants and asylees. He has received many national and local awards for his work on behalf of immigrants and refugees including the Jack Wasserman award for Excellence in Immigration Litigation, the Edith Lowenstein award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law. As a member of the legal team at ILG, he received the Gerald R Robinson Award for Excellence in Litigation. He is the past Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a consulting attorney for the Consulate of Mexico in Portland, Oregon. He graduated cum laude with a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He is an adjunct professor of immigration law at the law school. He is an appointed commissioner for the Human Rights Commission for the City of Portland and a member of the standing Community-Police Relations Committee of the Human Rights Commission. He is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a recognized "Super-Lawyer" in immigration, and a member of the Board of Directors for Health Bridges International, a non-profit organization building medical infrastructure in developing countries. Stephen represents immigrants and their families in all immigration matters. He has been tireless in his federal litigation efforts before the district courts and appeals courts. He also volunteers extensively in the community and enjoys tackling difficult cases. He has lectured widely on immigration issues and has been a frequent speaker on immigration and immigrant-related topics. Stephen believes in being direct and approachable. He encourages his clients to take a meaningful role in the preparation of their case - often thereby reducing costs. He believes that his well informed clients, acting with him as a partner in their own cases, should always make the final decisions in these most important matters.
13 Marcouiller, Barbara - Thursday PM - Benefits & Removal Ms. Marcouiller is an attorney in private practice who has been dedicated 100% to immigration law for over 20 years. She was an associate attorney at an immigration firm in Chicago that represented the Chicago Bulls, and assisted students and professors of Northwestern University, among others, with their immigration needs. Notably, Ms. Marcouiller has a master s degree in international business and economics from the prestigious Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Marcouiller is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has held a number of positions on behalf of the Washington State chapter of that organization. She is a frequent speaker on immigration, and is a regular guest on Spanish language radio discussing immigration law. She is fluent in Spanish. McCarthy, Joseph - Thursday PM - Business Mr. McCarthy is consistently recognized by attorneys and EB-5 professionals around the world as one of the top business immigration law and EB-5 attorneys in the United States. Mr. McCarthy is currently the firm's Managing Partner and oversees the firm's Los Angeles and Seattle offices. Mr. McCarthy's primary area of expertise is foreign investment immigration. He has experience in all facets of EB-5, currently represents more than 30 Regional Centers, and boasts significant accomplishments throughout the EB-5 arena. Mr. McCarthy has also represented private and institutional project developers who have a combined total of over $75 Billion in projects in internationally across a variety of industries, but with an emphasis on real estate development (hotels, retail, mixed use, assisted living facilities and residential). Mr. McCarthy's law practice also includes international business transactions, contract negotiations and environmental Law. He has also successfully marketed projects internationally and is currently the general counsel of a team of EB-5 professionals that recently raised $220 Million in foreign investor immigration capital for two top-tier hotel projects. An active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Mr. McCarthy has been a featured guest and invited speaker at numerous international foreign investment immigration seminars and conferences, and has been quoted in a large number of publications. He previously served as Legislative Director for the EB-5 Regional Center trade association, Invest in USA (IIUSA), and currently an active member of the Immigration Law, Business Law and Environmental Law Sections of the California Bar Association. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of EB5 Investors Magazine. As Legislative Director for IIUSA, Mr. McCarthy led and drafted the association's formal responses to USCIS's recently-proposed rule changes to the EB-5 program (most notably, the agency's proposed changes to the I-924 Region Center Form and Administrative Form). Mr. McCarthy has also drafted EB-5 legislation with senior staff members of the top Congressional leaders on the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees. Mr. McCarthy holds a law degree with high honors from the Seattle University School of Law, a M.S. in Hydrogeology & Aqueous Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines, and a B.A. in Geology from Whittier College with scholarly distinction. Before co-founding McAdam & McCarthy LLP, Mr. McCarthy's worked for the Office of Executive Policy for the Governor of the State of Washington, several large international consulting firms and the United States Geological Survey. Mr. McCarthy is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Courts of the states of Washington and California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Southern and Central California.
14 McClellan, Matt - Friday PM - Business Matt's practice has been devoted entirely to immigration law for the past eighteen years; and immigration law has been part of his legal experience beginning in Matt is co-founder of a law firm focused on immigration law matters for businesses, families, and individuals eligible for humanitarian relief. Business clients include both local start-ups and large international companies. H-1B, L-1 and E-2 visas are a regular part of his practice, as well as R-1 visas. He also advises companies and their employees on permanent residence options, and guides professional artists, athletes and scientists through non-immigrant and immigrant options. He assists employers with I-9 compliance and other immigration-related compliance issues. In the family immigration context, he advises clients with marriage-based petitions, fianc e/fianc petitions and sponsorship of other relatives; and advises clients regarding acquisition and derivation of United States citizenship. Matt graduated with a bachelor degree from Georgetown University and received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law/Catholic University of America. After working for several years in Washington, D.C. law firms, he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996, to take ownership of a solo practice. McGowan, Bryan - Friday PM - Basics The Immigration Law Office of Bryan McGowan represents foreign nationals, companies and organizations in the United States or abroad who seek lawful permanent residence, citizenship, family unity, or temporary visas for nonimmigrant employment. We have proven experience in all major employment-based visa classes, including but not limited to professionals in specialized occupations, treaty investors and traders, executives and managers, trainees and interns, athletes, entertainers, and individuals of extraordinary ability. In addition, the firm assists employers and human resource professionals to file labor certification applications and permanent immigrant visa petitions on behalf of valued employees. We aid individuals and families with representation that ranges from asylum claims and deportation defense in Immigration Court to relative petitions and green card applications based on marriage or other qualifying ties to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. In every case, we offer effective counsel and trusted information on current laws and procedures. The Immigration Law Office of Bryan McGowan will respond to each of its clients with respectful, professional and compassionate attention to their individual legal needs and objectives. Miao, Qingqing - Thursday AM - Basics Qingqing Miao is an attorney at Shatz Law Group, PLLC. Qingqing's immigration practice focuses on assisting individuals and corporations with their business immigration needs. She helps her clients navigate the complex U.S. immigration process and provides legal services to help their businesses grow and succeed. Qingqing is a member of the Washington State Bar Association ("WSBA") and the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"). She is a board member of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and is currently serving on the CLE committees of the WSBA and the AILA. Qingqing graduated from Peking University in Beijing, China with a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Linguistics and obtained her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
15 Miller, Steve - Friday PM - Business Steve Miller joined the firm of Cowan, Miller & Lederman in 1990 after serving as Legal Counsel to the King County Council and as a deputy prosecutor. For over twenty years, Steve has practiced immigration law, specializing in biomedical researchers, international transferees, and particularly complex cases. He has been a featured speaker on business immigration law and writes about pressing immigration issues. Steve has served as the President of the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is on the Board of Trustees of Bellevue College Ness, Gretel - Thursday AM - Business Gretel, a shareholder of the firm, has always known she wanted to specialize in immigration law. Her practice focuses on employment immigration, family immigration, and citizenship issues. She also assists clients in pro-active immigration planning be it for future sponsorship of other family members or employer compliance with employment verification rules. In addition to her background in immigration law, Gretel has the unique advantage of knowing firsthand what it is like to be an immigrant in a new country, having immigrated from the Philippines in As a former INS Asylum Officer, she has also found herself on the other side of the fence enforcing U.S. immigration laws. As an immigration attorney, Gretel is thankful that she is able to utilize her unique background to help immigrants establish new lives in America. In her leisure time, Gretel volunteers at various cultural and community based organizations and is a frequent speaker on immigration issues. She is the immediate past Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon. Olivie, Andre - Thursday AM - Benefits & Removal Immigration Attorney, André Olivie, is the son of a Pakistani-Indian immigrant mother and an U.S.-born father from New York. Andre was raised in Tempe, Arizona. Andre is an avid traveler and has studied in Europe and Southeast Asia. He is a a passionate supporter of immigrant and human rights. Owren, Turid - Friday PM - Business Turid L. Owren is a partner with Tonkon Torp LLP, a law firm in Portland, Oregon with 85 attorneys. She heads the firm s Business Immigration practice group. A graduate of Reed College and Lewis and Clark Law School, Ms. Owren has practiced immigration law since Ms. Owren has served as liaison on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), chairing or participating on various committees. She currently serves on AILA's Service Center Operations and USCIS Ombudsman Liaison Committees. Ms. Owren is the recipient of an AILA Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership in Liaison, and the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon AILA Chapter.
16 Paget, Joel - Thursday PM - Business Joel H. Paget is the Senior Member of the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC in Seattle, WA. He has over 30 years of immigration experience with an emphasis on business and tax issues. Joel is an active member of AILA and is an Emeritus Trustee of Seattle Pacific University. He was an adjunct professor of business law for 10 years at SPU, and chairman of the Taxation Section and a Bar Examiner for the Washington State Bar Association. Joel continues to be recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America ( ) and is honored to be selected "Super Lawyer" each year since the inception of the award. Parrilli, Tifani - Thursday AM - Business Tifani M. Parrilli is a Partner with Parrilli Renison in Portland, Oregon. She has practiced immigration law since 1994, focusing on business related immigration in many different industries worldwide. She has particular experience working with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and High Tech groups preparing petitions for Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researcher, exploring immigration options for Physicians, Religious Worker Petitions, and Labor Certification Applications. Ms. Parrilli is a past Chair of the Oregon Chapter of AILA, and is currently the Oregon AILA Chapter DOL Liaison. Peng, Chun Yun (Elizabeth) - Thursday PM - Business Elizabeth Peng is a Co-Founder and Senior Attorney at Peng & Weber, Attorneys at Law, a nationally recognized American immigration law firm in Seattle/Mercer Island, Washington (www.greencardlawyers.com). Ms. Peng earned her L.L.B. degree at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China in While pursuing L.L.M. studies at the same university, Ms. Peng earned a Ford Foundation scholarship to study law in the United States, completing her J.D. degree at the University of Kansas in Ms. Peng is a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a former executive committee member of the Washington State chapter of AILA. Ms. Peng has more than 20 years of experience representing Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs in all areas of immigration law and has extensive experience with EB-5 immigrant investors and L-1/EB-1C multinational executives and managers. Ms. Peng has spoken nationally and internationally on Chinese EB-5 visa issues for AILA, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW.com), Pincus Professional Education, and other major organizations. Ms. Peng has been quoted by The Seattle Times several times on EB-5 visa issue and other immigration-related issues
17 Preshaw, Terry - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal Terry Preshaw, a U.S./Canadian dual citizen, earned her B.A. degree from Grinnell College in 1975 and J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law in She was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1981, the Law Society of British Columbia in 1985, and the Washington State Bar in She practices U.S./Canadian immigration and nationality law with her law firm Preshaw & Zisman in Everett, Washington and Vancouver, B.C. Ms. Preshaw is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has been a frequent speaker at AILA national conferences. She writes and lectures on immigration and transborder business planning issues both in Canada and the U.S. She has appeared on CNN and lectured at HEC (Paris) as an immigration expert. Renison, Brent - Thursday PM - Benefits & Removal; Friday AM - Business Brent Renison is an immigration attorney in Portland, Oregon who has been representing employers and key employees with business-based immigration since He is top listed in Best Lawyers in America, is top ranked as a leading individual by London-based Chambers and Partners and is named by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer. He is the recipient of numerous national and local awards including the Ninth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law (2010), The Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award (2011), a Presidential Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring and Litigation on behalf of immigrant rights (2007), and the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon AILA Chapter (2007). He has received certification as a Global Mobility SpecialistT by Worldwide ERCr. Brent served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law from 2004 to 2007, and has lectured regionally and nationally on immigration law topics. He enjoys making red wine from Oregon grapes, and exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest. Brent's work to end the "Widow Penalty" in immigration law has been featured on CBS News 60 Minutes with Bob Simon, and also on National Public Radio's This American Life with Ira Glass. He continues to pursue legislative change and litigation on behalf of immigrant rights as a complementary practice to his employment based immigration services. He is the recipient of the 2011 Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award for his civil rights work. Roberts, Pete - Thursday PM - Basics Pete Roberts is a private practice management consultant for lawyers, and is the former Practice Management Advisor in the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) of the Washington State Bar Association for 13 years. Mr. Roberts has his MBA from The College of William & Mary and a Certificate as Small Business Webmaster from the University of Washington. He is a frequent speaker and has consulted with over 950 attorneys. He is active in the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, GPSOLO Division, and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Peter is both locally and nationally recognized as an industry expert on issues related to the business of practicing law.
18 Robinson, Janis - Friday AM - Basics Since January 2007, Ms. Robinson has served as the Assistant Area Port Director for Passenger Operations at the Area Port of Portland. She manages CBP passenger programs and operations at Portland International Airport, Portland OR, Boise Airport, Boise ID, and the Hillsboro OR user fee airport. From September 2003 to January 2007 Ms. Robinson was a program manager in the Office of Field Operations (OFO), CBP Headquarters. She worked in a number of program areas, including outbound programs and the OFO budget office. Prior to the headquarters posting, Ms. Robinson worked at the Los Angeles International Airport port of entry. She served as a first line supervisor in passenger processing, the Passenger Analysis Unit, the Rover Narcotics Interdiction Team, and the Outbound/Anti-Terrorism Team. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of Reed College, Portland OR where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University Law School and is a member of the Oregon Bar Association. Rollin, Joseph - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal Joseph Justin Rollin is an immigration attorney in Portland, Oregon, at Gonzales, Gonzales and Gonzales. He is co-author of several books on immigration consequences of criminal activity, including N. Tooby, J. Rollin, Criminal Defense of Immigrants (4th Ed. 2007). With the Washington Defender s Immigration Project, he drafted the first comprehensive chart of immigration consequences of crimes for Washington State. Prior to entering private practice, he worked with the Washington Defender s Immigration Project, and was an Attorney Advisor for the Immigration Courts. Sahli, Evelyn - Friday AM - Basics Evelyn "Evy" Sahli has been the Field Office Director for the USCIS Portland Field Office since October 26, The Portland Field Office provides immigration benefits and services to customers in the entire state of Oregon and to residents of four counties in southwest Washington. A Portland native, Evy began her immigration career in Portland in January 1992 as an Immigration Inspector with the Department of Justice's Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). She was promoted to District Adjudications Officer and later to Supervisory District Adjudications Officer. In February 2006 Evy moved to Washington, D.C. to join the newly-created Refugee Corps, a part of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate within USCIS. With the Refugee Corps she led teams all over the world, interviewing refugees in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In the spring of 2008 she became Chief of the Policy and Regulation Management Division for the Domestic Operations Directorate of USCIS where she remained until her move to Portland. Evy's career with the Federal government began in 1980 when she joined the U.S. Department of State, serving in Washington, D.C. and at American embassies in Monrovia, Liberia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She left the State Department and returned to Oregon in 1989 where she obtained her Bachelors degree from Portland State University in In December 2009 Evy obtained her Masters degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California.
19 Shamloo, N. David - Friday AM - Benefits & Removal N. David Shamloo, founder of the Law Office of N. David Shamloo, LLC, practices Criminal and Immigration law from his office in downtown Portland. Mr. Shamloo's immigration practice includes Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cases, Federal Habeas cases, Removal matters, bond, release from ICE custody, cancellation of removal, motions to reopen, Immigration appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Convention Against Torture claims, Post-Conviction Relief, as related to Immigration law. He also handles felony, misdemeanor, expungements, reduction to misdemeanor and early termination of probation matters in the Portland Metropolitan area. Mr. Shamloo handles bond and removal matters in Tacoma, WA and Seattle, WA. Mr. Shamloo also works as an expert with criminal attorneys in the area in connection with immigration consequences of criminal convictions/arrest for their non-us citizen clients. Sinlapasai, Chanpone - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Chanpone represents clients regarding general immigration law matters including visas, citizenship issues, deportation defense and appeals. In addition to her immigration law experience, she has first hand knowledge of the challenges an individual or family can face when coming to a new country, her family resettled in the United States as refugees from Laos in Smith, Philip - Thursday PM - Benefits & Removal Philip Smith is a partner in the Portland-based immigration law firm NELSON SMITH, LLP. Philip s practice includes removal defense and federal litigation, as well as family and employment immigration. Philip often assists refugees and asylum seekers, and has successfully handled asylum cases from a number of countries, including China, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Somalia, Ghana, Nepal, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Philip is a member of the Hawaii, Tennessee and Oregon Bars, as well as the U.S. District Court of Oregon, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Philip regularly speaks at national immigration CLE conferences and previously served as the chair of the Oregon Chapter of AILA. Philip received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and prior to his legal career Philip was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. Soreff, Paul - Thursday PM - Basics With over 30 years of immigration experience, Paul heads a firm specializing in business and family immigration law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of business immigration, particularly employment visas, DOL audits, H, L, O, P, & TN petitions, as well as other nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for foreign personnel. He is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at the Seattle University School of Law, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and past chapter chair for AILA s MidSouth and Washington Chapters. He chaired the WA Chapter s Continuing Education Committee, and has organized and lectured at numerous regional and national immigration seminars.
20 Statler, Teresa - Friday PM - Basics Teresa Statler practices exclusively immigration law as a sole practitioner in Portland, Oregon, and has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since She obtained her undergraduate degree in French Language & Literature from the College of William and Mary, and her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Her law practice emphasizes family immigration, asylum issues, and deportation/removal defense. She is a member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and is the recipient of the 2010 Gerald H. Robinson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, awarded by AILA Oregon. She is also a coeditor of the Oregon State Bar s 2010 publication, Rights of Foreign Nationals. During the spring semester of 2012, Ms. Statler was an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law in the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Currently, she serves on the board of the Oregon State Bar s Professional Liability Fund (PLF). Stock, Margaret - Thursday Luncheon - Keynote Speaker Margaret Stock has been a member of the Alaska Bar since 1993, Margaret Stock focuses her practice on immigration and citizenship law. She is a nationally known expert on immigration and national security laws, and has testified regularly before Congressional committees on immigration, homeland security, and military matters. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, Margaret has extensive experience with U.S. military issues. She has also worked as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and she has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska. Margaret served as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration from She regularly authors articles on military-related immigration issues, and is well-versed on "parole in place" for military family members and the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest ("MAVNI") Program. Margaret authored the book Immigration Law & the Military, which was first published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2012, with a second edition due to be published in Strawn, Chris - Friday PM - Benefits & Removal Christopher Strawn is a staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the director of the asylum unit since Previously he was an associate at the law firm of Gibbs Houston Pauw in Seattle, Washington, and a clerk for the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has a certificate in refugee studies from the University of Oxford. Stroupe, Bart - Thursday PM - Business Bar Admissions: Washington, 1988; Illinois, 1985; U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1996; U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, Education: Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia