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Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality Committee

Created in 1982

Purpose

To study and educate the legal profession on the current or proposed laws pertaining to immigration and nationality, the impact of such laws upon the public, and make recommendations for any improvements in such laws to the State Bar Board of Directors as appropriate.

2019-2020 Projects and Objectives

  • Monitor legislative changes impacting immigration

  • Create three new 10 Minute Mentor videos on immigration to share with attorneys – at least one in coordination with another committee, such as the UPL committee

  • Participate in programs to protect consumers from the unauthorized practice of law and other schemes targeting immigrants

  • Meet in geographically diverse areas; coordinate an event at each meeting with the community, government, or educational organization

  • Provide resources to non-immigration practitioners with opportunities for them to assist pro bono efforts and encourage DOJ accreditation for non-profits to assist in low income services

  • Coordinate a joint meeting with the Immigration section

  • Update the committee’s website to offer information on immigration

Staff Contact

Michael Dobbs
Program Coordinator
(512) 427-1507

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Linda Alice Brandmiller (CHAIR)

 

San Antonio

Roberto Rivera (VICE CHAIR)

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz

Houston

Claire Antonelli

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Edinburg

Anindita Mukhopadhya Banerjee

Banerjee & Associates

Houston

Mirna Gonzalez

The Law Office of Mirna Gonzalez, P.L.L.C.

Laredo

Vinh Ho

South Texas College of Law Houston

Houston

Iliana Noemi Holguin

Dunbar, Armendariz, Hegeman & Holguin

El Paso

Daniel P. McCarthy

McCarthy Law Firm, P.C.

San Antonio

Teresa Messer

Giron Kirby Law Group

Houston

Margaret Murphy

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Austin

Susan Nelson

The Nelson Law Firm

Waco

Randi Otwell

Law Office of Randi Megan Otwell, PLLC

Grand Prairie

Brian Lee Plotts

Plotts Law Firm

Houston

Ruby Powers

Powers Law Group, P.C.

Houston

Cynthia Renteria

Perez Renteria, PLLC

Edinburg

Alma Reyes

GD Reyes & Associates

Deer Park

Omar Saenz

Colvin, Chaney, Saenz & Rodriguez, L.L.P.

Brownsville

Dilnaz Saleem

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Houston

Lisa Sotelo

Elise Healy & Associates

Dallas

Caitriona Lyons

 

Austin

Mario Ortiz

USCIS District Director

San Antonio

David Walding

Bernardo Kohler Center

Austin

Rochelle Garza (Advisory)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas

Brownsville

Robert F. Loughran (Advisory)

Foster LLP

West Lake Hills

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