Immigration Law Section

Immigration Law Section

Message from the Chair

Section Chair:


Mark Shmueli
Takoma Park, MD

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As we enter a new year the Immigration Law Section continues to flourish.  Our diverse membership provides us with a base of knowledge and experience unique in immigration bar organizations as it includes members from the government, private bar and many former government employees.  As an illustration of this diversity, our section officers include one immigration judge, one former Department of Justice appellate litigator and one former regional director for USCIS along with two private attorneys.  The five of us hail from all four time zones and practice in five judicial circuits. 

I am honored to have the opportunity to stand on the solid foundation of my predecessors, particularly immediate past chair Betty Stevens who has worked so closely to collaborate with both the Civil Rights and Military Law Sections.  I am excited to continue those collaborations and expand to work on programming with other sections.  Betty will also be leading our charge to convince Congress to remove the Immigration Court system from the Department of Justice and create an autonomous Article I Court structure, a mission to which she has worked tirelessly during her two years as chair.

Our agenda for the new year will also be to plant seeds in as many chapters as possible and to challenge ourselves to have one event, be it a happy hour, lunch or dinner meeting, panel or any other immigration related programming in every region of the country.  Of course, make your plans for our annual conference in Detroit on May 15-16, 2020 and our annual asylum law conference in New York on February 28, 2020.
 
Knowing the push to increase FBA membership overall the ILS will greatly expand our outreach to law schools this year.  We will ask members to speak to immigration law classes and clinical students about the FBA and the benefits of joining as a law student.  If this effort is as fruitful as we anticipate we will have a strong crew of next generation lawyers and leaders.

Another thriving area for our section is the newsletter, The Green Card, which has won awards for as long as I can remember and it features a diverse range of articles which offers those that want to contribute both to the field and the section. 

The radical changes to our immigration system and the almost daily headlines they produce is at the core of our national discourse and in light of that it is incumbent that ILS provide both accurate information to both the larger FBA but also to the community at large.  Immigrants to the United States and their families and friends are affected by immigration law and every state and community is affected by the radical changes to immigration policy over the past two years.   The United States is in a deep struggle over the very fabric of who may walk through its “golden door” and the lives of those fleeing terror and violence around the world lie in the balance.  The ILS is blessed with the opportunity to provide not only expertise but passion and compassion as it serves as a resource not only to the larger FBA community but also to the larger legal community. 

With the ambitious goals and the urgency of our mission this year, we welcome any ideas, suggestions, concerns, collaborations, and more than anything else new, vibrant members (and those members who have waited for the right time to get more active) to take an active role in our activities.  Please feel free to contact me and be on the lookout for our events and programs in your area. 

Best,

Mark Shmueli


Resources

Statement on NAIJ


ADDA Dinner Meeting in NYC 4/11/2019


Puerto Rico CLE Nov 2, 2018


Pro Bono Training on Immigration Court 10-26-18 Documents

Document list for Immigration Court Training 10-26-18


Immigration Law Facebook Page


Immigration Law Section by-laws


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