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Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality Committee

Created in 1982


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


Claire Antonelli

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid


Anindita Mukhopadhya Banerjee

Banerjee & Associates


Mirna Gonzalez

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


Vinh Ho

South Texas College of Law 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


Margaret Murphy

Jackson Lewis P.C.


Susan Nelson

The Nelson Law Firm


Randi Otwell

Law Office of Randi Megan Otwell, PLLC

Grand Prairie

Brian Lee Plotts

Plotts Law Firm


Ruby Powers

Powers Law Group, P.C.


Cynthia Renteria

Perez Renteria, PLLC


Alma Reyes

GD Reyes & Associates

Deer Park

Omar Saenz

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


Dilnaz Saleem

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC


Lisa Sotelo

Elise Healy & Associates


Caitriona Lyons



Mario Ortiz

USCIS District Director

San Antonio

David Walding

Bernardo Kohler Center


Rochelle Garza (Advisory)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas


Robert F. Loughran (Advisory)

Foster LLP

West Lake Hills

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