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Priscillia Sundah Suntoso was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2002, after graduating from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In 2005, she was admitted to the Massachusetts District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, she was IDEAS-Indonesia Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An accomplished pianist, she also holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from Suffolk University. She has written many articles for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and other legal publications since 2001, and was Associate Editor for AILA's Immigration Option for Religious Workers (2005). Ms. Suntoso has lectured on immigration law before many community organizations in U.S. and Indonesia. Between 2006 - 2009, she was a part of the President's Advisory Council, Security and Defence Advisor's Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, serving President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. She practices at the Law Offices of David M. Sperling in New York, and is Of-Counsel to Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Nadeen Aljijakli is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense as well as family-based cases. Ms. Aljijakli represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and federal court litigation. Ms. Aljijakli has also handled business immigration matters in the medical and university research sectors. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's client successes. Ms. Aljijakli developed her expertise in immigration law working with nationally recognized lawyers at leading law firms in the country, including Duane Morris' Immigration Practice Group and Maggio & Kattar, PC, in Washington, DC, as well as Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in New York. Ms. Aljijakli is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (2005), where she was a finalist in a national family law moot court competition, and a graduate of New York University, where she majored in Economics. During law school, Ms. Aljijakli was selected as a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court). Ms. Aljijakli also interned at leading non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Ms. Aljijakli has given numerous presentations at seminars and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on immigration law. Her article, "INA §319(b): Expedited Naturalization with No Physical Presence Requirement for Spouse of U.S. Citizen Employed Abroad," was published in The Consular Practice Handbook, 2011-2012 Edition. She has also authored a section on "Torture," in Springer's Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Her most recent articles include "Syrians Under Fire: Seeking Asylum in America" in AILA's online publication, VOICE; and "Statutory Bars to Asylum: What Is So Serious About a 'Particularly Serious Crime?'" in AILA's 2012 Annual Conference Handbook. She is active in AILA, where she is Coordinator of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) and recently served as Cleveland Advocacy Liaison Officer for the Ohio chapter, as well as the chapter's 2012 CLE Conference Chair. She has also served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Detention Committee, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter. Ms. Aljijakli is currently a member of AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section and AILA-Ohio's Advocacy Committee. She is on the board of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO), a political action group. She is also a co-founder of the New York Chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community, and serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Ms. Aljijakli is a native Arabic speaker. Ms. Aljijakli is admitted in Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country.

Joshua Bardavid has years of experience in immigration practice. He has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases, and has been lead counsel in several precedent setting appeals. Prior to working as an immigration attorney, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Joshua was editor-in-chief of New York International Law Review and graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law. He has lived in Washington D.C., West Africa, and the Middle East. He currently lives in New York City.

Philip Eichorn is an attorney as well as a teaching adjunct for immigration law at Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. He is also an active member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is currently the Vice Chairperson of our chapter and has regular interaction with the Cleveland Immigration Court, the Cleveland USCIS Field Office and the local branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In doing so, his Firm receives cutting edge information on happenings with the court and USCIS. This also allows him to help shape local policy. His approach to immigration and citizenship law as well as his work as a criminal defense lawyer is grounded in his experience as an assistant county prosecutor. In the beginning of his career, he prosecuted both felonies and misdemeanors including drug trafficking, drug possession, burglary, domestic violence, theft, robbery and kidnapping, gaining valuable knowledge and building his skills as a trial attorney in the process. He learned how to think like the government, including how to evaluate evidence and what it takes to convict someone. Today, that is one of the strengths he offers his clients that many other immigration, criminal defense or DUI/DWI attorneys do not possess. There are few attorneys in northern Ohio who, like him, have both impaneled a criminal jury and successfully defeated the government in deportation & removal trials.

Agnieszka (Aga) Haupt is a 2005 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is a naturalized citizen, and her interests in immigration law stem from living in three different countries before turning ten. She is a native of Krakow, Poland, and has lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Strasbourg, France. She is fluent in Polish and French. Ms. Haupt graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University where she majored in international relations, French language and literature, as well as newspaper journalism at the Newhouse School of Public Communications. She minored in anthropology. She wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on American immigration policy vis-àvis Eastern/Central Europe, focusing on Polish émigrés during the 1980s. While in law school, Ms. Haupt was very active with the University of Mississippi School of Law's consumer, domestic violence and child advocacy civil legal clinics. She is currently one of our Nashville immigration law attorneys at the Frager Sutton Haupt Law Firm. Ms. Haupt lives with her husband and German Shepherd dog in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an avid globetrotter whose travels have taken her from Bedouin camps in the Negev Desert to running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Lauren M. Kosseff practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Kosseff represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and federal court litigation. She has extensive experience in preparing appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts. In addition to her immigration practice, Ms. Kosseff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School's Safe Harbor Project where she supervises students in their preparation of asylum applications. Ms. Kosseff has worked in private practice in New York City since 2008 handling a wide range of immigration matters. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Kosseff developed her expertise in immigration law as a staff attorney at the Immigration Unit for the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assisted federal judges in addressing complex immigration topics, including jurisdiction, adverse credibility determinations, exceptions to the requirements for filing motions to reopen, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School (2006), Ms. Kosseff served as a law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court), where she prepared draft decisions for the judges involving immigration issues such as asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, aggravated felonies, and crimes involving moral turpitude. During law school, Ms. Kosseff interned with the Immigration Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New Jersey Immigration Court). Ms. Kosseff's article, "Two Immigrants, Two Standards," was published in the Washington Post (2006). Ms. Kosseff graduated from Tufts University and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development. Ms. Kosseff is fluent in Spanish. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language prior to becoming an attorney and has been awarded for her extraordinary commitment to youth. While studying abroad in Bolivia, she conducted a study on the U.S. War on Drugs' effect on Bolivian children who live in prison with their parents. Ms. Kosseff is admitted in New York and New Jersey (inactive). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country.

Matthew Kriezelman is an Associate at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC. He is an attorney dedicated to the practice of Immigration & Nationality Law. He regularly practices law before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals. Matthew remains a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Michelle Mendez is a Senior Attorney at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington Immigration Legal Services where she was previously the 2008-2010 DLA Piper Equal Justice Works Fellow. Michelle focuses her practice on deportation defense litigation, family-based petitions, domestic violence and crime victims' relief, civil rights advocacy, appellate work, and community education. Michelle also represents unaccompanied minors on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions in Maryland Circuit Courts. She is a 2008 alumna of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she received the William P. Cunningham Award for Exceptional Achievement & Service as well as the Annual Leadership in Public Interest Program Student Pro Bono Award. During law school, Michelle interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica and Ayuda, Inc. Prior to law school, Michelle worked at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, the French Ministry of Education in Rennes, France and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In her spare time, Michelle serves on the AILA National and DC Chapter Unauthorized Practice of Law Committees and the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition Board of Directors, and teaches for Shemer Bar Review. Michelle is a native Spanish speaker originally from Medellín, Colombia, speaks French fluently.

Lory Diana Rosenberg is the founder and owner of IDEAS Consultation and Coaching. She has been an immigration attorney for more than 30 years and has extensive experience as a legal writer, published author, analyst, trainer, professor, mentor, practitioner, and decision-maker in many areas involving immigration law and policy. Ms. Rosenberg has particular expertise in the areas of civil detention and bond; admissions, adjustment of status, consular visa processing, and waivers; DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals); asylum and refugee law; right to counsel, enforcement, suppression of evidence, removal & cancellation; immigration consequences of crime, alternate pleas and sentences, post-conviction and Padilla relief; statutory interpretation and decisional analysis; jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues in administrative appeals and judicial review; agency disciplinary practices; and, matters relating to advocacy, prosecutorial discretion, legislative amendments and comprehensive immigration law reform. Over the past 7 years, while consulting with immigration lawyers, defenders, and other colleagues, Ms. Rosenberg has branched out to study success & business coaching, marketing and business practices for heart-centered entrepreneurs, as well as meridian energy tapping, all of which have enriched her legal consulting and mentoring practice.

Jason Schaffer received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2009 and his B.A. from New York University in 1998. He is a contributing author of Goldfeder's Modern Election Law, Third Edition. He currently serves on the Election Law and Government Affairs Committee of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, Jason Schaffer worked as a project manager for NBC News.

Kimberly Ogden Sutton has been practicing immigration law since 2006. In addition to her private practice in Northwest Arkansas, she serves as Interim Executive Director for MidSouth Immigration Advocates, a non-profit legal services provider based in Memphis, Tennessee. She earned a BA in 1997 and MA in 1999 from Louisiana Tech University. She earned a JD from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2006, where she was the recipient of the Herbert Herff Law Scholarship and the Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship. She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Tennessee, the US District Court Western District of Tennessee, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She is a regular presenter at local and national CLE events. She is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, where she serves on the governing board of the Immigration Law Section, and as Secretary of the Arkansas Chapter. She is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she serves on the National Practice Management Committee, and as Secretary of the Mid-South Chapter.

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