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Joseph A. Vail, Mark S. Davidson, Regina Germain, Nancy Kelly, Kirsten Schlenger, Mark Von Sternberg, Virgil Wiebe And Others

Joseph A. Vail, Mark S. Davidson, Regina Germain, Nancy Kelly, Kirsten Schlenger, Mark Von Sternberg, Virgil Wiebe And Others

Joseph A. Vail, Mark S. Davidson, Regina Germain, Nancy Kelly, Kirsten Schlenger, Mark Von Sternberg, Virgil Wiebe and others will be speakers for Sanctuary! Stratagems To Winning In Asylum Practice. Their biographical information is as follows:

Joseph A. Vail is a Professor at the University of Houston. Professor Joseph A. Vail is a 1979 graduate of the Widener School of Law. From 1980 to 1981 he served with VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) where he entered the field of immigration law. He served three years as an accredited representative and staff attorney with Gulf Coast Legal Foundation and one year as managing attorney at AYUDA, Inc in Washington, D.C. From 1984 to 1995 he was in private practice in Houston, TX. In 1995 he was appointed as an immigration judge with the United States Department of Justice, where he served for more than four years. In July of 1999 he was employed by the University of Houston Law Center Clinical Programs as supervising attorney in the immigration clinic. He has previously been a member of the Board of Directors with the YMCA International Services program, and the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). He is the 1994 winner of the Texas State Bar award for pro bono legal services, the Frank J. Skurlock award. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law.

Mark S. Davidson was born in Chicago, Illinois and admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1983, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995 and the Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois in 1995. He graduated from University of Michigan (B.A. 1978) and University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. 1982). He was also a 2000-2001 Past Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as well as an Executive Board member of the Chicago Chapter of AILA and the 1996-1997 Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law. Mr. Davidson has appeared as a speaker at national and professional seminars including AILA conferences, universities and community forums. He represents individuals with regard to a wide variety of issues as well as many domestic and international corporations in matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Regina Germain is Visiting Professor at the University of Denver College of Law. She is the author of AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to US Asylum Law and Procedure (3rd. Ed., 2003) and is a member of AILA's National Asylum Committee. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal and a Board member of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. She was formerly Senior Legal Counselor at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Nancy Kelly is affiliated with Greater Boston Legal Services and the Harvard Law School Immigration Clinic.

Kirsten Schlenger is a graduate of Yale University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in East Asian Studies in 1981. Ms. Schlenger was awarded her law degree by Columbia University School of Law in 1985, graduating as a Stone Scholar. After law school, Ms. Schlenger practiced international tax law on Wall Street for several years before moving to San Francisco. Ms. Schlenger joined a private law firm specializing in immigration law in 1992 and has since practiced exclusively in the field of immigration law. In 1995, Ms. Schlenger founded the firm of Weaver, Schlenger & Mazel. She is a member of both the New York State Bar and the California State Bar, through which she is certified as an Immigration Law Specialist. As an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ms. Schlenger formerly served as the Chair of its Northern California Chapter, its liaison with the District Director of the San Francisco Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and on the AILA annual conference committee. Ms. Schlenger presently serves as a trustee of the Board of the American Immigration Law Foundation and on the General Counsel Liaison Committee of AILA National. She has authored articles and spoken locally and nationally on a variety of immigration topics. Conversational in Chinese and French, Ms. Schlenger has earned the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading attorney rating organization.

Mark Von Sternberg is a Senior Attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), examines the legal basis for gender-based asylum claims, finding in human rights law grounds for protecting women from abuses committed by private persons

Virgil Wiebe is the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He served for four years as Director of Immigration Services and Supervising Attorney for Interfaith Community Services in New York City, a non-profit organization assisting refugees and immigrants. While at ICS, he represented hundreds of immigrants before the INS and in Immigration court. There he also led efforts to create community based immigration clinics in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. He has also advised non-profit organizations on establishing immigration programs for low income communities. At the request of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Europe, Wiebe served as a consultant to the political asylum clinic at the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary in April 2001.

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