Immigration Practice - 15th Ed.
by Robert C. Divine and R. Blake Chisam
THIS 15TH ED OF THIS DISTRIBUTED PUBLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE JULY/AUGUST 2014
OUTLINEImmigration Practice guides readers through all aspects of immigration law in one volume, complete with over 3,000 footnote citations to the wide range of statutes, regulations, court and administrative cases, policy memos, operations instructions, agency interpretive letters, and internet sites that a lawyer needs for complete understanding of a particular problem. No other source merges the practical with commentary and analysis so helpfully.
Summary Table of Contents
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
TESTIMONIALSSome of the most experienced and acclaimed immigration lawyers in the nation have said:
"Having Immigration Practice is like having an AILA mentor sitting beside you at work. Your real-world examples, suggestions and strategies make the morass of laws and regulations comprehensible."
"Immigration Practice is excellent and very practical. I use it for my Immigration Law classes. My students appreciate the focus on the real-life practice of Immigration Law, as opposed to the theory and policy of immigration. The charts regarding eligibility for various visas and forms of relief are indispensable for students and practitioners alike."
"Immigration Practice is a handy reference work for both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a novel organizational approach that focuses on real life situations rather than the statutory category."
- Peter Williamson, Houston, TX. Mr. Williamson is Former President of AILA (1994-1995) and served as Chair of the Texas Chapter, on the National Board of Governors (1982-present), and on the National Executive Committee. "Immigration Practice fills a niche that needed filling: A single volume with all the basics explained in plain English for newcomers, and plenty of sophisticated discussion with lots of footnotes for old hands. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book! It has all the addresses, phone numbers, and lists that are needed constantly in immigration practice, plus tips on how to fill out the most common forms. I keep this volume on my desk as a convenient and thorough reference. You can tell that it was prepared an experienced practitioner who understands the practical side of an immigration practice and who is result oriented."
- Dale M. Schwartz, Schwartz & Kuck, Atlanta, GA is Former President of AILA (1986-87), and has testified as an expert witness before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate on immigration legislation. Mr. Schwartz was Co-Chairman of the Immigration Law Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. "Immigration Practice is an absolutely fabulous resource, unlike anything else on the market, oriented toward the attorney rather than the paralegal."
- David Ware, Metairie, LA is very active in AILA including: Vice-Chair, Committee on International Students (1995 to Present); Treasurer, Louisiana Chapter, 1984 to 1988; INS Liaison Chair, 1988 to 1989; NAFSA Region III Liaison, 1992 to 1995. "I ordered a copy of Immigration Practice. We love it, and are using it frequently."
- Elizabeth Stern, Shaw Pittman, Washington, DC heads the firm's Business Immigration practice group. "I have just received your excellent treatise Immigration Practice. I would recommend it highly as a valuable guide not only for a beginning immigration lawyer, but for the seasoned practitioner as well."
- Ben Gim, Gim & Wong, New York, NY "I am really impressed by Immigration Practice. I picked a few arcane questions to look up and found the subjects right away in the index. The text was clear and practical. We find it very useful."
- Joseph K. Venishnick, Labor and Employment Counsel, ASEA Brown Boveri, Inc. Windsor, CT "Immigration Practice is a tremendous guide through every possible contingency that a lawyer may encounter in processing any sort of immigration petition. I would recommend this book for anyone who qualifies for membership in the AILA/YLD."
- Ira L. Mazer, Philadelphia, PA "Immigration Practice is the best reference tool I have looked at on the subject, and actually a good read. For instance, as a new practitioner I avoided filing needless relative petitions by reading the clear discussion about the derivative beneficiaries and "following to join" eligibility and procedures."
- Jeffrey Kantor, Arlington, VA "I truly use Immigration Practice as a bible for immigration practice. I generally read the appropriate area of interest to which I need an answer, then refer to the statute and the regs. It works quite well for me."
- Petro Morgos, Cherry Hill, NJ "I use Immigration Practice in preference to the other immigration law treatises I have tried. It really is the best of its kind - the easiest to use and the most complete."
- Jonathan David Guze, Durham, NC "Immigration Practice has quickly become my immigration "bible" as a first look source, despite having a number of other fine works in my collection."
- Byron Toben, Montreal, Quebec (Ill. & NY bar) "I'm a new disciple of your Immigration Practice book."
- Andre Michael Wang, Portland, OR "I have enjoyed and profited a great deal from Immigration Practice."
- Philip Berns, Stamford, CT "Immigration Practice is one of the most invaluable tools in my library. Although I did not anticipate a career in immigration law, most of my clients are Korean and many are in need of immigration assistance. Needless to say, your book is the next best thing to the Bible. For someone who is just hanging out their shingle and is interested in establishing an immigration practice your book is invaluable."
- Seung-Ho Choe, Rockville, MD
Robert C. Divine is the Chairman of the Immigration Group of Baker Donelson, a law firm of 540 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 14 cities from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. Mr. Divine served in Washington, D.C. from July 2004 until November 2006 as the first Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the world's largest immigration services agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From July 2005 until July 2006, he served as Acting Director and then Acting Deputy Director of USCIS. In early 2004 he served as an expert for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom evaluating the impact on asylum claims from DHS' implementation of expedited removal procedures. He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and is the current Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's liaison committee to the U.S. Department of State. He has served as an expert witness in U.S. and foreign courts. His practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, family sponsors, 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 (including RICO, misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act), and immigration-related criminal matters.
R. Blake Chisam updating author for the 2005 and 2006 editions and contributing editor, is currently Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Ethics Committee. He was Senior Counsel to the Immigration Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Before accepting the invitation of the House leadership to undertake government service, Mr. Chisam practiced exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law as a partner several well know firms including his own. He advised organizations with respect to immigration-related policy, employment, civil rights, and health care law matters, including related white-collar criminal and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Chisam served on Business Litigation committee. In October 2000, Mr. Chisam and his wife Jasmine A. Majid were awarded the Meritorious Public Service Award by then Attorney General Janet Reno, in recognition of their "tireless and distinguished pro bono efforts on behalf of unrepresented aliens detained by the...Immigration and Naturalization Service."
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