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Immigration Daily July 23, 2004
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Lory Rosenberg To Lead Discussion

Lory Rosenberg will lead the discussion for "The Three Rs: Removal, Relief and Review" a 3-part telephonic seminar series. Removal is unique in immigration law practice for the following reasons:

  • Intellectually challenging area of immigration law
  • The only major area of immigration law where immigration law firm business increased in the last two years
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference in a human life and a family's future
The deadline to register is Monday, July 26th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Distinguished Panelists For Removal Seminar

"The Three Rs: Removal, Relief and Review" features a number of distinguished practioners, as follows:

Lory Rosenberg is the founder of IDEA Legal Consultations (c), and presently is the director of the Defending Immigrants Partnership at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. She is a featured columnist for Bender's Immigration Bulletin and an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law. Ms. Rosenberg served as an appellate immigration judge on the United States Board of Immigration Appeals from 1995-2002, reviewing over 15,000 appeals and personally authoring over 500 opinions. She is the co?author of Immigration Law and Crimes, and writes, teaches and trains on the immigration consequences of crime, right to counsel, fair hearings, waivers, removal defense, and asylum/refugee law. She was elected in 2004 as a director on the AILA Board of Governors, where she previously served from 1988-91. Ms. Rosenberg practiced before INS, EOIR and the federal courts for 18 years and was the first director of the AILF Legal Action Center. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in television and film production from New York University, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Her work is guided by a strong belief in due process and the rule of law.

Lisa Brodyaga graduated in 1974 from Catholic University School of Law, Washington, D.C., and spent a year there teaching legal research and writing. She also spent a brief period at Antioch School of Law, creating a program to help special admittees, who were having difficulty making the grade by the end of their first year, and then moved to California. After two years in a law collective in San Jose, she came to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, in 1977. Since 1981, Lisa have been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. At about that time, she became deeply involved with the work on behalf of the Central Americans, as a result of which, she co-founded Refugio Del Rio Grande, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) "refugee camp" on a 45 acre wilderness near San Benito, Texas, where she still serve as a volunteer attorney. Most of her current work is on behalf of lawful permanent residents, caught up in the web of the 1996 amendments. The bulk of her practice consists of litigating immigration cases in the federal courts, although she still represent a few refugees and other immigrants (and U.S. citizens), in administrative proceedings.

Harvey Kaplan received his J.D. at Boston University in 1974, and his B.A. at Clark University in 1968. He established his own law firm in 1977. Harvey united forces with Maureen O'Sullivan and Jeremiah Friedman to form KAPLAN, O'SULLIVAN & FRIEDMAN in 1990. He has taught at Northeastern University School of Law from 1982 to the present time. He has also taught immigration law at Harvard Law School. Harvey has been named in "Best Lawyers in America" from 1991-present, and was the recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) first Mentor Award in 1992. Harvey was also the recipient of the Third Annual Carol King Award from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild for excellence in the practice of immigration law. Recently, he received along with Maureen O'Sullivan, AILA's 2002 Elmer Fried Award for excellence in teaching immigration law.

Michael Maggio is a nationally recognized authority on numerous complex areas of immigration law . He is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) District of Columbia Chapter and Chief Legal Advisor to the Tahirih Justice Center (, as well as an adjunct professor of immigration law at American University's Washington College of Law for nine years. Mr. Maggio lectures and writes extensively, especially on waivers of inadmissibility and ethics. He has served as counsel on many significant cases decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts, most notably, Filartiga v. Pena, the Alien Tort Act case that first established the now well- settled proposition that aliens may sue in U.S. courts for human rights violations abroad. Mr. Maggio was named last year by The Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "75 Best Lawyers in Washington", and "Washington's Best Immigration Lawyer." He has been listed in the book, The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1991. His firm, Maggio Kattar, represents individuals, corporations and other institutions worldwide.

Zachary Nightingale is a 1996 graduate of Stanford Law School, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1991. He has been with the firm since 1996. His practice focuses on deportation defense and federal court litigation, with an emphasis on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Mr. Nightingale was honored with the 2003 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has spoken regularly at local and national conferences of AILA, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and was a member of AILA's 2002 Annual Conference Program Committee.

Gail Pendleton is a nationally recognized advocate and expert on the immigrant provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and on asylum and human rights issues for immigrant survivors of violence. She also specializes on the impact of post 9/11 enforcement practices on immigrants rights (with an emphasis on impacts for survivors of gender violence). Gail is a co-chair and co-founder of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, which is continuing to set important legal precedents for the rights of immigrant women at the federal level. Gail received the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Human Rights Award in 2001 and the National Lawyers Guilds Carol King award for promoting social justice in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree in 1981 from Harvard/Radcliffe, and her J.D. in 1985 from NYU School of Law.

The deadline to register for this info-packed seminar series is Monday, July 26th. For more info, detailed curriculum, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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Immigration Law News

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Federal Register Interim Final Rule On VisaScreen Healthcare Certificate
The DHS published an interim final rule extending the deadline by which certain health care workers from Canada and Mexico must obtain health care worker certifications.

EOIR Headquarters Immigration Court Fact Sheet
The Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a fact sheet on the new Headquarters Immigration Court, established on July 19, 2004.

Rep. Van Hollen Introduces Private Bill For Malik Jarno
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Lawsuit Filed Against ICE For Unlawful Detention During Workforce Raid
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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Ellis & Ged, PA, a fast-growing immigration law office in Boca Raton, FL, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal. Minimum 2+ years experience, with strong writing skills and emphasis in employment-based immigration. Bachelor's degree preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent work environment. Must be detail-oriented, well-organized and computer proficient. Please submit resume to Richard Hujber by email: or fax: (561) 241-0812.

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegals
Bratter Krieger LLP, a full service immigration law firm located in Miami Beach, FL seeks experienced paralegals to join its winning team. Paralegals must have minimum 2+ years experience in all business (NIVs-E, H, L, and O/P's) and family immigrant visa categories; EB-1 experience preferred. Bilingual language skills are required. Bratter Krieger LLP offers an excellent working environment plus a competitive benefits package. Applicants should be organized and motivated. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Matthew Krieger by fax: (305) 695-4398 or email:

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law firm with offices on both the East and West Coasts, seeks an associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA offices. Ideal candidate must have minimum 3+ years extensive experience in all areas of immigration law to be considered, including removal/deportation, AOS interviews, family and employment based petitions and consular processing. Position offers opportunity for occasional travel outside Los Angeles, CA area. Please fax or e-mail: resume, salary requirements + writing sample to the attention of Millie at (818) 543-5802 or

Help Wanted: Immigration Legal Assistant
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Maryland's largest independent law firm outside of Baltimore city (75+ attorneys), seeks an immigration legal assistant. Experience desired in: employment-based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1), family-based IV, naturalization, AOS, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. College degree and 1+ years of experience required. Ideal candidate possesses superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Must be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Duties include heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast-paced, collegial setting with large law firm resources. Excellent salary/benefits package offered. If you enjoy challenging work with direct client contact and are equally passionate about immigration law, we want to hear from you. Send resume to Maura Bowen, HR Manager by fax 301-230-2891 or email

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, has an immediate opening for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer fluent in Japanese to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues while working with multinational companies and high-achiever individual clients to perform the full range of immigration legal services. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, attentive to details, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in California or another state and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. If you'd like to pursue this exciting opportunity, fax your resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at No phone calls please.

Immigration Law Conferences
CGFNS Hosts A Special Educational Initiative in Your Community - New U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Visa Regulations for Foreign Health Care Workers. As part of a major change in federal policy affecting hiring of foreign health care workers in the U.S., the DHS has issued new Section 343 rules requiring foreign health care workers who are seeking temporary or permanent occupational visas or Trade NAFTA status to obtain a special visa certification in order to deliver patient care and provide health care services in this country. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)/International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP) are sponsoring a special educational program in your community about the new DHS rules. This timely educational initiative is designed to provide you with important information about the new rules and facilitate the process for foreign health care workers to obtain a visa certificate through the CGFNS/ICHP specially designed Visascreen program. The new federal DHS rules apply to: Registered nurses and licensed practical (vocational) nurses, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Medical Technicians, Occupational Therapists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physician Assistants. Upcoming session locations include: Miami, FL - Monday, August 23rd, Philadelphia, PA- Monday, August 16th, Seattle, WA - Monday, September 27th, New York, NY - Monday, October 4th, San Francisco, CA - Monday, October 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, November 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing, email:, telephone 215-222-8454, x.242. Or visit

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