Ira J. Kurzban is a civil rights and immigration lawyer. He is a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., of Miami, Florida where he chairs its immigration department. Mr. Kurzban is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He has litigated over fifty federal cases concerning the rights of aliens, including Jean v. Nelson, Commissioner v. Jean, and McNary v. Haitian Refugee Center, Inc., which he argued before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Kurzban is an adjunct faculty member in Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of Miami School of Law. He is the author of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, the most widely used one-volume immigration source in the United States and he has lectured and otherwise published extensively in the field of immigration law, including articles in the Harvard Law Review and Columbia University Press.
Denyse Sabagh practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and litigation. Ms. Sabagh has more than 30 years of experience in representing diverse clients. She helps corporate clients manage both inbound and outbound employment immigration. She is a recognized leader in all aspects of immigration law. She has in depth experience representing individual and corporate clients for all of their immigration needs including E, H, J, L, O, P, and TN non-immigrant and EB-1, PERMs, immigrant visas, EB 5 Immigrant Investor Visa, J-1 waivers and Outbound issues. She also represents clients in I-9 audits, complex immigration cases, consular processing and immigration ramifications of criminal charges. In addition, she represents family based clients. She is a frequently featured speaker at national, state, and local conferences and in national and international media.
She is a recognized leader in developing strategic business immigration programs and policies.
Sui Chung practices with Immigration Law & Litigation Group in Miami, Florida with a focus in removal defense and appellate litigation. She is the recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Michael Maggio Award after she established the Krome Mental Incompetency Project. She was co-counsel in Hernandez v. State, the lead case in Florida addressing an immigrant’s right to effective representation of counsel in criminal proceedings, and counsel for Enrique from award-winning novel, Enrique’s Journey. Ms. Chung is the Immediate Past President of the AILA South Florida Chapter and Vice Chair of AILA National's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee. She also serves on the boards of the American Immigration Council, Immigrants’ List PAC and Immigrants' List Civic Action, and is Vice-President of the board of Catholic Legal Services. Ms. Chung began her career at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals through the United States Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program. She received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University School of Law, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from Oberlin College. She is co-author of Winning On Paper, a forthcoming AILA National publication.
Royal F. Berg is a graduate of Bradley University, and the John Marshall Law School. He is a sole practitioner, who has practiced immigration law in Chicago since 1984. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and of the Litigation Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. (AILA). He served for six years as an elected Director of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He also served for three years as the Chair of the Liaison between AILA and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and as a member of AILA’s Liaison Committee with the General Counsel of the (former) Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Berg has also served as the Chair of the Greater Chicago Chapter of AILA, and as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He is a founding Board Member of Immigrants’ List, a pro-immigrant, pro-immigration political action committee formed in 2006. He is also a Board member of the Farm Workers and Landscapers Advocacy Project and the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death penalty.
Mr. Berg is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of immigration law. He has been a guest speaker at two national conferences of the United States Immigration Judges. Mr. Berg has represented immigrants and refugees in a number of complex cases litigated before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Berg represented Janina Wasilewski for her immigration case, which was depicted in the award winning documentary "Tony and Janina’s American Wedding-A Deportation Love Story."
Vera Weisz is the principal of her own immigration law firm providing representation in a wide range of cases. Extensive experience in deportation defense and asylum cases. Representation in cancellation of removal cases, including defense of persons with criminal convictions, naturalization, adjustment of status, waivers.
Her specialties: Finding immigration solutions for even the hardest of cases.
With more than 20 years of legal experience practicing immigration law, Marcine A. Seid has earned a reputation for providing superior immigration legal advice and services to her clients worldwide.
Ms. Seid is the principal attorney of the Seid Law Group located in Palo Alto, California where she advises and represents start-ups, emerging high technology companies, medium sized companies, and multi-national companies in the Silicon Valley and throughout the 50 States.
Ms. Seid’s immigration practice areas include permanent residence and citizenship; visas for executives, managers, scientist, scholars, engineers, financial and other professionals, student and visitors, PERM labor certification and employment-based visa petitions. Moreover, she has experience consulting on I-9 employment verification issues, advising employers in the implementation of compliance policies and procedures and representing employers in agency immigration worksite investigations.
Ms. Seid is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader on business immigration matters and has co-authored two books, Immigration Compliance Auditing for Lawyers published by the American Bar Association, and Immigration in the Workplace. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America for over ten years; US News: Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration.
Ms. Seid is also an active member of the immigration bar. She is an elected director of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association's (AILA) National Board of Governors. She has also served as a member of AILA's National Verification & Worksite Enforcement Liaison Committee and on other national and local AILA liaison committees with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in past years.
Sarah Owings is a partner at Owings MacNorlin, LLC. She attended the College of Law at Georgia State University, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2007, and she has practiced immigration law exclusively since that time. Sarah has experience in removal defense, family-based immigration, humanitarian forms of relief, and asylum proceedings.
She is frequently asked to speak at continuing legal education programs and to provide commentary to the media on the rapidly changing immigration landscape. In 2017, Sarah was elected to the Board of Governors of AILA National, and she currently serves as an Elected Director. Sarah is also a member of the AILA National EOIR Liaison Committee. Sarah resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar.
Locally, she served on the executive committee of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA from 2012 until 2018 and she has chaired various local liaison committees for AILA Georgia-Alabama throughout her legal career. Sarah has been a board member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network and is currently a board member of Immigrant's List. .
Mr. Reyes is a first generation American on his father's side and was raised by his grandmother who never had any formal schooling. His life on the El Paso/Juarez border left a strong and lasting impression on issues of civil justice, migration, border issues and humanitarian relief. He opened his practice in January of 2012.
His work focuses on family petitions, humanitarian visas, removal defense, BIA, 9th COA and 5th COA representation. He currently volunteers with three of the four Mexican Consulates in Arizona and spent a year under contract with the Guatemalan Consulate for detainee know your rights presentations in southern New Mexico.
His promise to never charge an initial consultation fee to individuals referred by a domestic violence or homeless shelter has provided Mr. Reyes the opportunity to serve those most in need. He is grateful for the ability to do so.
Mr Reyes has served as the ICE liaison, treasurer, vice chair, chair and immediate past chair for the Arizona AILA Chapter. He currently serves as the HLIG moderator for AILA national and is an elected director to the Board of Governors. Mr. Reyes serves on the Board of Immigrant's List, an national non profit with the purpose to advocate and educate on immigration issues, human rights and sensible immigration reform.
Cristina Steele-Kaplan is passionate about helping families. Born in Rota, Spain, Cristina grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and attended High Point University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English. She obtained her juris doctorate from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. While at NCCU, Cristina was a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association and received a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) award for her participation in the school’s free clinic to assist low-income families with their federal and state taxes. During law school, Cristina also clerked for a city councilman and state banking commissioner in Greensboro, N.C., which she continued to do after graduation. As a law clerk, she handled collections, criminal defense, and contract disputes.
After deciding that helping people was where she wanted to be, Cristina left NASA to pursue immigration law, launching Steele-Kaplan Law Services. She is licensed to practice immigration law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), through its Denver chapter. She is a regular volunteer at Greeley Legal Nights where she provides free immigration advice. She works with Colorado State University as an advisor to their students with immigration questions. Cristina is fluent in Spanish.
Michelle Canero was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Miami, Florida in 1988. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006. She began her career in civil litigation, before transitioning to immigration law. Michelle has practiced immigration law for over 10 years and now serves as managing partner of Canero Immigration Law Firm. She specializes in processing employment-based visa applications before U.S. consulates abroad and USCIS.
Michelle is involved in immigration advocacy with state and federal agencies as well as local, state and congressional representatives. She is an active member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on the Board of the AILA South Florida Chapter. She is the chair of several AILA South Florida Chapter committees. Michelle frequently speaks on immigration matters at local chambers of commerce, professional organizations, and academic institutions. She has also spoken on continuing legal education panels for both AILA and Catholic Legal Services.
Wendi Adelson has spent the past two decades giving voice and agency to immigrants, DREAMers, and victims of human trafficking. Currently running a solo immigration law practice, Wendi was most recently the Executive Director of the Immigration Partnership & Coalition (IMPAC) Fund which brings together business and civic leaders in Florida to fight for sensible changes to immigration policy.
Previously, Wendi was a clinical law professor at Florida State University College of Law and Director of the FSU Center for Human Rights Law clinic that represented immigrants and individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Adelson was also a law clerk to the Hon. Adalberto Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Wendi is currently on the board of the IMPAC Fund and the Office of New Americans. She was also a Miami Fellow, Truman Scholar, Gates Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar and Silver Knight. Adelson has a Bachelors Degree from Brandeis University, a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from the University of Miami.