Kathleen C Walker

Kathleen C. Walker

Member and Immigration Practice Group Co-Chair

Kathleen Campbell Walker is a prior national president and general counsel to the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has practiced business immigration law for more than thirty years. She is one of 11 lawyers in the United States ranked in Band One by the Chambers and Partners independent lawyer ranking service in its Global Guide. Some of her reviewers’ comments:

Sources say that she is "an excellent lawyer" who is "proactive in terms of helping clients and has an intimate knowledge of consular processing matters worldwide."

"She's extremely knowledgeable and she's also effective and that's an important element."

One admiring peer effuses: ‘She’s smart as all get-out–one lawyer I would co-counsel with in a heartbeat or send a matter to.’”

Clients quoted in Chambers USA 2016 describe her as "an extremely bright and hard-working attorney," whose "knowledge is extensive, and experience, connections and ability to achieve success is unparalleled."

Our job is to solve our clients’ problems and to make life easier. We do that by being zealous in our practice of and dedication to cutting edge level excellence in the practice of immigration law [or …in the immigration law practice]. We love what we do and deliver ethical and caring service. Kathleen has testified multiple times before Congress on border security and immigration policy as well. In 2014, she received the Founder’s Award from AILA, which is awarded from time to time to the person or entity who has had the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy in the preceding period (established 1950).

Kathleen Campbell Walker is a Member at the Dickinson Wright El Paso Office. She is known internationally as a leader in the field of immigration law. In addition to advising clients on the complex issues related to business immigration, she advocates at local, state, and federal levels for immigration reform, the improvement of national border security infrastructure and procedures, consular processing and admission procedures for foreign nationals, and improvement in the provision of pro bono immigration services and detention standards.

Kathleen Walker’s immigration law practice focuses on business and family-based immigration, consular processing, employer sanctions/ worksite enforcement, immigration audits, security checks, waivers, admissibility, and citizenship and naturalization. Her clients include hospitals and other healthcare providers, major global manufacturing companies, energy and energy service companies, defense contractors, construction companies, real estate and finance firms, cities, hospitality and hospitality service companies, agricultural businesses, professional employer organizations, educational institutions, convenience store businesses, food service franchisees, investors and entrepreneurs, ranches, equestrians, performing artists, families, and individuals. She is board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Kathleen has served in multiple, national leadership roles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including as AILA’s national president in 2007-2008. She currently continues to serve on its Board of Governors as well as on the national Business Immigration Response Team and the National Customs and Border Protection liaison committee for 2017.

In 2013, she served as chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and as chair of the Border Relations Committee for the City of El Paso. She was selected to serve on the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, which was chaired by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty.

Education & Credentials

Education

Texas Tech University

B.A., 1982
  • with highest honors

The University of Texas School of Law

J.D., 1985

Bar Admission

  • Texas

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Acknowledgements

  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration (2018)
  • Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
  • Global Recognition by Chambers USA (2016)
  • Nominated Parliamentarian of American Immigration Lawyers Association (2015-16)
  • AILA’s Commendation for Exemplary Service to the President of AILA (June 20, 2015)
  • Appointed Chair of AILA’s Inter-Agency Issues Liaison Committee (2014)
  • Global Recognition by Chambers USA (2014)
  • Awarded AILA’s The Founders Award (2014)
  • Member of Executive Committee of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (2014)
  • Nominated Chair of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Board (2013)
  • Selected by Texas Lawyer Magazine as its “Go-To Lawyer” for immigration law (2012)
  • Named Member of the Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee of AILA (2012-13)
  • Nominated to The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Chair 2012 Chair Government Relations Division and Chair-Elect of the Board (2012)
  • Appointed Chair of the Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee of AILA (2011)
  • Consulting Counsel to the Mexican Consulate – El Paso, Texas (2011)
  • Re-nominated Chairman of the Committee on Border Relations of the City of El Paso (2011)
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal (2011)
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2011)
  • Listed in Chambers USA – Leading American Business Lawyer Guide (2011)
  • AILA Service Excellence Award for 2010 (2010)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2010 (2010)
  • Nominated Chairman of the Committee on Border Relations of the City of El Paso (2010)
  • Nominated to The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Governing Board for 2010 (2010)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America as a leading immigration lawyer (2010)
  • Named General Counsel to Executive Committee (“EXCOM”) of the AILA (2009)
  • Appointed Member of the Joint Border Affairs and Trade Committee of The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (2009)
  • Named Course Director for the State Bar of Texas Conference on Advanced Immigration Law Course 2010 and Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law (2009)
  • Appointed Member of the Commission on Immigration of the American Bar Association (2009)
  • Appointed Member of the Committee on Border Relations (fka International Bridge Commission) by Order of the City Council of El Paso, Texas (2009)
  • Appointed Member of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality, from 2009 to 2012 (2009-2012)
  • Named as Council member for the Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2009)
  • Named Legal Counsel for The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and Executive Committee Member (2009)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2009 (2009)
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Immigration Law Award from The El Paso Bar Association’s Immigration Section (2008)
  • Selected to serve on the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy (2008)
  • Named as Extraordinary Women in Texas Law by Texas Lawyer (2008)
  • Member of the El Paso Women’s Bar Association (2008)
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal amongst 17 most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers globally and only one in Texas (2008)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2008 (2008)
  • Named by the Texas Lawyer magazine as one of the five “go to” lawyers in the State of Texas on immigration law (2008)
  • Named as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Texas (2008)
  • Named as one of the top 50 lawyers in Central and West Texas (2008)
  • Named Super Lawyer in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly magazine (2008)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA (2008)
  • Recognized in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2008)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America as a leading immigration lawyer (2008)
  • Consulting Counsel to the Mexican Consulate – El Paso, Texas (2008)
  • Named Legal Counsel for The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and Executive Committee Member (2008)
  • Named National President for the 2007-2008 term of AILA (2007)
  • Ranked number one under individual rankings in Immigration – Texas by Chambers USA (2007)
  • Selected to serve as member of the Governing Board of Directors for 2007 for The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (2007)
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2006)
  • Listed in Chambers USA – Leading American Business Lawyer guide (2006)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2006 (2006)
  • Elected to National AILA Executive Committee – President Elect (2006)
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2005)
  • Listed in Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2005 (2005)
  • Recognized by Women Trail Blazers in El Paso Law by the El Paso Bar Association (2005)
  • Member of the Steering Committee regarding 2005 Texas Conference for Women (2005)
  • Elected to National AILA Executive Committee – First Vice President (2005)
  • Elected to National AILA Executive Committee – Second Vice President (2004)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2004 (2004)
  • Member of the International Bar Association – Immigration Section (2003)
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer for 2003 by Joint Project of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (2003)
  • Elected Chair of Immigration Exams Committee of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2002)
  • Named to Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2002)
  • Recipient of the Young Woman’s Christian Association (“YWCA”) 2002 Reach Award, signifying outstanding achievement in the Business: Professional Category (2002)
  • Contributing Author to AILA Visa Processing Guide (2002)
  • Renominated by State Bar of Texas to Standing Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law (2002)
  • Attended GAO Biometrics Meeting on behalf of AILA at the National Research Council as to the use of biometrics in the immigration area (2002)
  • Member of Texas Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Committee and Exams Committee as to Immigration and Nationality Law Specialization Exam (2002)
  • Elected to National AILA Executive Committee - Treasurer (2002)
  • Chair of AILA INS Enforcement Committee (2002-03)
  • Presented with AILA National Advocacy Award (2002)
  • Co-Chair AILA Winter Conference - Ixtapa, Mexico (2002)
  • Co-Chair AILA National Spring Conference - Washington, D.C. (2002)
  • Member of AILA Border Task Force and Border Watch Committee (2001-03)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America publication for Immigration (2001-02)
  • Member of US Chamber of Commerce Immigration Subcommittee (2001-02)
  • Chair of AILA Department of State Liaison Visa Committee (2001-02)
  • Presented with Presidential Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to AILA and its President Margaret A. Catillaz (2001)
  • Member of the United States Chamber of Commerce - Labor Relations Committee (2001)
  • Chair of AILA National Fall Conference - San Antonio, Texas (2001)
  • Co-Chair of Planning Committee for Annual University of Texas School of Law Immigration and Nationality Law seminar to be held in San Antonio, Texas (2001)
  • Member of the Border Advisory Committee for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (2000-01)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America publication for Immigration (2000-01)
  • Chair of AILA Department of State Visa Liaison Committee (1999-01)
  • Member of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition - Appointed by Mayor Carlos Ramirez of El Paso (1999-00)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America publication for Immigration (1999-00)
  • Selected as National Board Member of the Border Trade Alliance (1999-00)
  • Designated by City of El Paso to be a member of a panel to evaluate and select El Paso's new Foreign Trade Zone Manager (1999)
  • Board Member of the National Board of Governors for AILA (1998-01)
  • Board Member on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Appointed by Governor George W. Bush - Elected as Secretary of Board in 1998 (1997-03)
  • Board Member on the Immigration and Naturalization Service Customer Service Roundtable (1997-00)
  • Advisory Board Member to the Center for Western Hemispheric Trade of the University of Texas at El Paso (1997-00)
  • Board Member on the West Texas/New Mexico Customs Management Center Director's Advisory Committee (1997-00)
  • Member of the Department of State National Liaison Committee for AILA (1997-00)
  • Advisory Board Member on the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board of Directors (1997-98)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Publication for Immigration (1997-98)
  • Member of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association (1996-00)
  • President, Foreign Trade Association (1996-00)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Publication for Immigration (1995-96)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Publication for Immigration (1994-95)
  • Co-Chairman National AILA Mentor Program (1994-95)
  • Chairman of the International Law Committee of TYLA (1994-95)
  • Member of Planning Committee for the Immigration Conference Sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law (1994)
  • Co-Chairman of Planning Committee for the October 1994 Regional Conference on Immigration Law in Chicago Sponsored by AILA (1994)
  • Member Board of Directors of El Paso Foreign Trade Association (1993-00)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America Publication for Immigration (1993-94)
  • Chairman of the International Law Committee of TYLA (1993-95)
  • Co-Chairman National AILA Committee for Employment Based Immigrants (1993-94)
  • Member and Secretary of Standing Committee of the State Bar of Texas on Immigration and Nationality (1992-95)
  • Member of National Committee of AILA against INS Fee Increases (1992)
  • Immediate Past Chair of the Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma AILA Chapter (1992)
  • Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Texas Law (1992)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America publication for immigration (1992-93)
  • Chair for Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma AILA Chapter and Member of the National Board of Governors of AILA (1991-92)
  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the El Paso Bar Association (1991-92)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America publication for immigration (1990-91)
  • Chairman of the International Law Committee of the TYLA, recipient of TYLA President's Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Award (1990-91)
  • Vice Chairperson of the Texas Chapter of AILA (1990-91)
  • Treasurer of the Texas Chapter of AILA (1989-90)
  • Member of the Immigration Committee of Young Lawyers Division of American Bar Association (1988-Present)
  • Member of Trade Committee - Texas Bar Association (1988-Present)
  • Member of the El Paso Foreign Trade Association (1988-Present)
  • Member of the Border Trade Alliance (1988-Present)
  • Chairperson of El Paso Section of Texas Chapter of AILA (1987-Present)
  • Member of Board of Directors of El Paso Young Lawyers Association (1987-1989)
  • Member of Executive Ethics Committee of Young Lawyers Division of American Bar Association (1987-1989)
  • Member of Ethics Committee of El Paso Bar Association (1987-1988)
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association International Law Section (1986-Present)
  • Member of International Trade and Mexican Law Subcommittee and Immigrant Rights Committee of American Bar Association (1986-Present)
  • Member of Board of Directors El Paso Ballet (1986-1987)
  • Member of El Paso Estate Planning Council (1985-1988)

Prominent Assignments

Congressional Testimony – State and Federal

  • Testified before Congressional Border Caucus Ad-Hoc Hearing: The Voice of Border Communities in the Immigration Debate regarding “Economic Security and the Critical Need for Immigration Reform” – El Paso, Texas (Sept. 2013)
  • Testified before the Texas State Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade (IRT) regarding “Pushing the Envelope on Immigration Regulation at the State and Local level; How Far are we Willing to go From an Economic, Moral, Constitutional, and Security Perspective” – Austin, Texas (Sept. 2008)
  • Testified at the Congressional Hearing held by the Texas State Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and the Texas State Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade – regarding “Federal Perceptions as to U.S. Immigration Law and Enforcement Measures as to Civil and Criminal Immigration Law” – El Paso, Texas (July 2008)
  • Testimony Texas State House Committee on State Affairs – Concerning Study of Immigration and Nationality Act – Austin, Texas (April 2008)
  • Testified before the Texas Border Security Task Force (TBSTF), Mexican American Legislative Caucus – Texas House of Representatives regarding “Texas Border Security” – El Paso, Texas
  • Testified concerning Policies and Procedures Related to Illegal Immigration and Border Security of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, County Probation Departments, and Local and County Jail Facilities and Recommendations to Improve Coordination with International, Federal, State, and Local Authorities Before The Texas State House Committee on Corrections and The House Committee on County Affairs – Richardson, Texas (Feb. 2008)
  • Testified before Field Hearing of The Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives concerning “Ensuring Homeland Security While Facilitating Legitimate Travel: The Challenge at America’s Ports of Entry” – El Paso, Texas (Jan. 2008)
  • Testified – Ensuring Homeland Security While Facilitating Legitimate Travel. The Challenge at America’s Ports of Entry Chamizal National Memorial Theatre Field Hearing - Washington, D.C. (Dec. 2007)
  • Testified before The Texas Border Security Council; Border Security and the Economic Necessity of Trade: A Continuous Balancing Act – El Paso, Texas (Oct. 2007)
  • Testified on behalf of AILA before The State Affairs Committee and The Committee on Border and International Affairs Joint Hearing concerning Texas State Legislative proposals regarding Immigration and Border Security – Austin, Texas (March 2007)
  • Testified on behalf of AILA concerning “Should Mexico Hold Veto Power Over U.S. Border Security Decisions?” before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee, Committee Field Hearing – El Paso, Texas (Aug. 2006)
  • Testified on behalf of AILA on Strengthening Border Security between the Ports of Entry: The Use of Technology to Protect the Borders before the Joint Hearing on the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee and the Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee – Washington, D.C.(April 2005)
  • Testified before the Texas State Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade Organizational Meeting/Public Hearing: Impact of the US-VISIT Program as well as the Transition of Oversight of the Border to the Department of Homeland Security- El Paso, Texas (March 2004)
  • Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security concerning Infrastructure and Border Security entitled, “Integrity and Security at the Borders: The US VISIT Program” on behalf of the AILA and Foreign Trade Association, Inc., - Paso Del Norte Region – Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2004)
  • Panelist in Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill presented by the Immigration Policy Center (“IPC”) of the American Immigration Law Foundation (“AILF”) in cooperation with AILA, on the role of immigration policy in enhancing national security – Washington, D.C. (Dec. 2003)
  • Presented Testimony on behalf of AILA to U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee and to House Immigration Subcommittee on Homeland Security Bill and its Immigration Implications – Washington, D.C. (2002)
  • Presented Testimony to U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee on behalf of AILA on Border Security Bill and its Immigration Implications (2002)
  • Presented testimony on Border Infrastructure to the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee and Special Committee on Border Affairs in Austin, Texas and El Paso, Texas (1991)

Professional Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National President 2007–2008; General Counsel 2009–2010; Chair of National Customs and Borders Committee, 2009–2010; Chair Department of
  • State Liaison Committee (four years); Chair of Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, 2011; Board of Governors, member
  • State Bar of Texas Conference on Advanced Immigration Law Course 2010 and Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law, Course Director
  • State Bar of Texas, Standing Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality, Member, 2009–2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Immigration & Nationality Law Section, Council Member, 2010
  • Cox Smith, Practice Group Leader, Immigration

Community Involvement

  • Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Chair, 2013; Governing Board, 2008–2012; Government Relations Chair, 2011– present; General Counsel, 2008–2009
  • City of El Paso; Chair, Committee on Border Relations, 2010–2012
  • El Paso Foreign Trade Association (former president four years – project first Dedicated Commuter Lane in Texas)
  • West Texas Advisory Group, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Field Office, member
  • American, Texas, and Southwest Quarter Horse Association member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Publications/Presentations

Conferences, Presentations, and Articles:

  • Speaker at Fall 2018 AILA Conference on Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers: Overcoming Inadmissibility Obstacles and Delays – London, UK (Oct. 2018)
  • Speaker at 2018 AILA Annual Conference – Dealing with the Worst Bureaucracy: When Red Tape Hinders Good-Faith Efforts to Normalize Status – San Francisco, CA. (June 2018)
  • Speaker at UT Austin Advanced Immigration Law Course Conference – Pushing the Envelope on Immigration Reform by Presidential Fiat and H-1B 2018 Worries Checklist -- Houston, Texas (Feb. 2018)
  • Speaker at 50th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute 2017 PLI Conference – State Department/Consular Affairs Update – New York, New York (Dec. 2017)
  • Speaker at 8th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference – U.S. Immigration and Visa Policy in the Trump Era – What Has Changed and What Has Not -- London, England (Nov. 2017)
  • Speaker at 41st Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law – The Realization of America First and What it Means for Immigration Law -- Austin, Texas (Oct. 2017)
  • Speaker at AILA’s 2017 Fall Conference – Fearless Lawyering: Business Immigration (Sept. 2017)
  • Speaker at 2017 AILA Annual Conference – Representing Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups - New Orleans, LA (June 2017)
  • Panelist – State Bar of Texas – Immigration Issues Webcast – Immigration and the New Administration - Austin, Texas (April 2017)
  • Panelist – Live Webinar – AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference – Status of Trade Agreement Visas – H1, B1, Es – South Padre Island, TX (April 2017)
  • Speaker at 2017 AILA Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Conference – Worksite and Mergers & Acquisitions – Scottsdale, AZ (Feb. 2017)
  • Speaker at AILA South Florida Chapter Conference - 375h Annual Immigration Law Update – E Visa Processing, Treading Water and – L and EB1-3 Deep Sea Diving Without an Oxygen Tank – Miami Beach, FL (Feb. 2017)
  • Speaker at the 49th Annual Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Immigration and Naturalization Institute – State Department Update – New York, NY (Dec. 2016)
  • Speaker at AILA Fall CLE Conference – Traveling Executives—Getting Into The U.S. on Time – Toronto, Ontario (Sept. 2016)
  • Speaker at AILA Annual Conference – Learn From the Experts on E-1/E-2 Preparation – Las Vegas, NV (June 2016)
  • Speaker at AILA Midwest Regional Conference – Where Do I Stand? Cutting Edge Issues in Adjust of Status and Consular Processing – Chicago, IL (March 2016)
  • Speaker at the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Advanced Immigration Law 2016 – Worksite Compliance and Enforcement Issues – Houston, Texas (Feb. 2016)
  • Speaker at the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of AILA Annual Conference -- Blanket L’s, Regular L’s, and E’s – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Nov. 2015)
  • Speaker at the Advanced Immigration Law 2016 Conference sponsored by SBOT – Worksite Compliance and enforcement – Houston, Texas (Sept. 2015)
  • Panelist on the AILA National Teleconference regarding Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, case as to H-1B Amendment Requirements (Aug. 2015)
  • Speaker at the AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law – “Can’t We All Just Get Along” Interagency Challenges -- National Harbor, MD (June, 2015)
  • Speaker at the National Restaurant Association Conference - The How, What, and Why of I-9 and E-Verify – Chicago, IL (May, 2015)
  • Speaker at the Corporate Women Director El Paso Meeting – The Role of Boards and Economic Development – El Paso, Texas (March 2015)
  • Speaker at The Scholar Immigration CLE 2015 Symposium – Impact of President’s Executive Action on Immigration – San Antonio, Texas (March 2015)
  • Speaker at Loretto Academy on Immigration – El Paso, Texas (Oct. 2014)
  • Speaker at the 2014 Texas Tech Law – El Paso CLE Conference on Current Immigration Issues – El Paso, TX (Sept. 2014)
  • Contributor to article published in Texas Lawyer by Miram Rozen on "Uncertainty Surrounds Legal Process for Unaccompanied Minors Coming to Dallas County"  - Interview (July 2014)
  • Guest Speaker National Public Radio (John Burnett) Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts - Link (July 2014)
  • Speaker at the National Restaurant Association on Avoiding the Ultimate I-9 Penalty and the illusion of an E-Verify Safe Harbor – Chicago, IL (May 2014)
  • Speaker at the 2014 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago Chapter, Intergovernmental Panel – Chicago, IL (March 2014)
  • Speaker, telephonically, for the Wilson Center on Exit-Entry Controls. The Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 2014)
  • Speaker at the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Advanced Immigration Law Conference on Worksite Enforcement – Houston, Texas (Feb. 2014)
  • Speaker at the U.S. – Mexico Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting and CLE Conference on New Laws, New Opportunities/Nuevas Leyes, Nuevas Oportunidades, will speak on Immigration Reform—Quo Vadis?/Reforma Migratoria-?Hacia Donde Vamos? – Phoenix, Arizona (Oct. 2013)
  • Speaker at the 37th Annual Immigration & Nationality Law Conference sponsored University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Spoke on three panels: Introduction to Managing an Immigration Law Practice, E-Verify, New I-9 Compliance and Employer Sanctions, as well as the Experts Panel – Austin, Texas (Oct. 2013)
  • Speaker at the 2013 AILA Fall Board of Governors and Related Meetings on Admissions Issues – Part 1: Eligibility – Austin, Texas (Sept. 2013)
  • Speaker at the Masters Leadership Program Alumni Association (MLPAA) on Immigration Law Reform – San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 2013)
  • Provided Testimony before Ad Hoc Hearing on Immigration Reform of Members of the Border Congressional Caucus – “Economic Security and the Critical Need for Immigration Reform” – El Paso, Texas (Sept. 2013)
  • Speaker at the 2013 American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Annual Conference on Immigration Law on Has My Client Been Admitted, Which Admission Matters, and Other Conundrums – San Francisco, California (June 2013)
  • Speaker at the American Law Institute (“ALI”) CLE Audio Seminar on Worksite Enforcement “New Form, New Challenges: Employers’ Guide to the I-9 and M-274” (April 2013)
  • Speaker on Decision Point – KSCE Channel 38 on Current Immigration Issues – El Paso, Texas (April 2013)
  • Participant in AILA Verification Liaison Committee Meetings with ICE and OSC in Washington, D.C. (April 2013)
  • Speaker at the Washington State Annual Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference on Consular Waivers and Problem Consulates for Family Based Visas – Seattle, Washington (March 2013)
  • Chamber speaker in the Legislative Advocacy Trip with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (March 2013)
  • Speaker at the Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences – Lubbock, Texas (March 2013)
  • Chamber speaker in the Legislative Advocacy Trip with the (“GEPCC”) – Austin, Texas (Feb. 2013)
  • Speaker at the 2013 AILA Midyear CLE Conference - Complicated Business Cases Solutions – From The Experts Successful Strategies for Dealing with Consulates in Difficult Cases - Panama City, Panama (Jan. 2013)
  • Speaker at the 45th Annual Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Immigration Conference – Evolving Trends at Consular Posts and CBP – New York, NY (Nov. 2012)
  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mexico City Chapter CLE Conference – The Reasonableness of Mexico TNs vs. the Arbitrariness of Canadian TNs – Mexico City (Nov. 2012)
  • Speaker at The University of Texas School of Law 36th Annual Immigration and Nationality Law Conference – Timeline Tightrope: Adjustment vs. Consular – Austin, Texas (Nov. 2012)
  • Speaker at the 2012 Federal Bar Association (FBA) Chicago’s Worksite enforcement Seminar – What You Should Know About Workplace Enforcement and Immigration- Chicago, IL (Oct. 2012)
  • Presenter at The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Intercity Visit regarding Intercity Visit on Quality of Life Bond initiatives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Sept. 2012)
  • Speaker at the AILA Annual Conference on The Elephant In The Room: E-Verify – Nashville, TN (June 2012)
  • Discussion Leader in the AILA Audio Seminar – North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) Revisited (April 2012)
  • Speaker at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (“TSCRA”) Labor Committee on Mandatory E-Verify – Protect Your Business, Protect Your Employees – Fort Worth, Texas (March 2012)
  • Speaker at the 2012 AILA Spring Conference on Verification Documentation Panel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) representatives – Washington, D.C. (March 2012)
  • Chamber speaker in the Legislative Advocacy Trip with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (Feb. 2012)
  • Speaker at the 2012 American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Midyear CLE Conference – Survival Tool Kit for the Worksite Enforcement Jungle on The Warning Signs – Spotting Reckless Disregard and Constructive Knowledge – Costa Rica (Jan. 2012)
  • Panelist National Teleconference – Hot Topics in Business Immigration and the Workplace sponsored by ALI-ABA (Dec. 2011)
  • Keynote Speaker at the United States-Mexico Bar Association (“USMBA”) 2011 Conference on Immigration Reform in a Vacuum– Houston, Texas (Nov. 2011)
  • Chaired the AILA National Verification Committee meeting with representatives of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, on Worksite Enforcement – Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker at the American Bar Association – Family Law Section International ART Conference Cross-Border Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Law on Issues Regarding Third Party Reproduction – Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker at Border Energy Forum XVIII – Cross-Border Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure and Common Border Crossing Immigration Issues – El Paso, Texas (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker at the University of Texas Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law on The Strategic Timeline to Adjustment and on Hot Topics in Business Immigration – Austin, Texas (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker at the Texas Municipal League (TCAA) 99th Annual Conference and Exhibition on What Every City Attorney Should Know About Immigration Law – Houston, Texas (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker on Panel sponsored by Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for a New Economy (headed by Mayor Bloomberg of New York) – El Paso, Texas (Oct. 2011)
  • Speaker in the Fall AUSA Legislative Advocacy Trip on Military Advocacy and Legislative Advocacy with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2011)
  • Presenter at the Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated Immigration Worksite Compliance Conference on Worksite Compliance – San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 2011)
  • Speaker at the 5th Biennial Global Immigration Conference on The Strategic Plan for U.S. Immigration in the Immigration Reform Vacuum – London (Sept. 2011)
  • Panelist at the Border Security Conference on Fostering a New Era of U.S.-Mexico Collaboration to Meet 21st Century Challenges on Deepening the Economic Integration Between the U.S. and Mexico – El Paso, Texas (Aug. 2011)
  • Presenter at the Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated Employment Law and Immigration Worksite Compliance Workshop – El Paso, Texas (Aug. 2011)
  • Speaker at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (“TADC”) 2011 Summer Seminar on Immigration Law – Jackson Hole, Wyoming (July 2011)
  • Speaker at the State Bar of Texas Annual Conference on a “Civil Conversation about Immigration Reform” – San Antonio, Texas (June 2011)
  • Presented Worksite Verification Training to University of Texas at El Paso (June 2011)
  • Speaker at American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Annual Conference on Immigration Law - Advise & Advocate Without Crossing the Line – San Diego, California (June 2011)
  • Participant in the International Law Conference sponsored by TAGLaw (TAGlaw is a worldwide network of independent law firms and ranks among the five largest legal networks in the world) in Geneva, Switzerland (May 2011)
  • Speaker at the AILA Audio Seminar on Consular Processing in Cd. Juarez (May 2011)
  • Panelist at the ALI-ABA Teleseminar on worksite Immigration Compliance Issues and the Social Security Administration No Match Conundrum (May 2011)
  • Presenter at Kansas Business Coalition Immigration Legislation Legal Panel on Immigration Bills regarding Counties to Benefit from ICE Strategy to Use Biometrics to Identify and Remove Aliens Convicted of a Crime – Topeka, Kansas (April 2011)
  • Speaker at the Worksite Compliance Training Seminar sponsored by Kansas Livestock Association – Garden City, Kansas (April 2011)
  • Chaired the AILA National Verification Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. with representatives of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, concerning worksite enforcement – D.C. (April 2011)
  • Speaker at American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB): Roadblocks in Cross-Border Reproductive Care: Are Parents Getting What They Expect and Deserve When They Have Children in Other Countries? – Austin, Texas (March 2011)
  • Panelist at the legislative briefing sponsored by MALDEF at the State Capitol in Austin regarding state immigration bills and federal preemption – Austin, Texas (March 2011)
  • Speaker at State Bar of Texas CLE Advanced Immigration Law Course: Emerging Issues in Employer/ee Relationships; and luncheon co-presenter on National Legislative Scene – Houston, Texas (Feb. 2011)
  • Panelist before National Conference of State Legislatures Fall Forum: State Immigration Laws: Crossing the Constitutional Border? – Phoenix, Arizona (Dec. 2010)
  • Speaker at the 2010 U.S. Mexico Bar Association (“USMBA”) Conference Looking Beyond: Bright Horizons Across the Borders on Immigration Reform and Border Security - Mexico City, Mexico (Nov. 2010)
  • Speaker at the University of Texas School of Law 34th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law on Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs and Investors – Austin, Texas (Oct. 2010)
  • Speaker at the AILA National Fall Conference Advanced Business and Law Practice Management Issues on Nonimmigrant Visa Processing in Mexico – San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 2010)
  • Speaker at the Texas Bar CLE Webcast on New Developments in Immigration Law – Austin, Texas (Aug. 2010)
  • Speaker regarding An Overview of Frequent Traveler Programs for AILA – Webinar (July, 2010)
  • Discussion Leader for the 2010 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law regarding CBP Government Open Forum – National Harbor, MD (June, 2010)
  • Panelist at Seminar by Federal Bar Association regarding Intro to Federal Practice for Law Student Interns and New Associates regarding Spectrum of Immigration Law – El Paso, Texas (June, 2010)
  • Speaker at BMC business group luncheon; along with post-screening panel moderation of documentary film 9500 Liberty regarding Prince William County, Virginia on immigration policy when elected officials adopt regulations requiring police officers to question anyone they suspect of being an undocumented immigrant– Austin, Texas (June, 2010)
  • Speaker at the 2010 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference regarding I-9 Audits From Both Sides and Site Visits: R, L, H and the DOL – Bloomington, MN (May, 2010)
  • Speaker at the AILA Rome District Chapter Spring Conference regarding Federal Litigation As An Option for Visa Denials – Paris, France – Canceled due to Volcano in Europe (April, 2010)
  • Panelist at the AILA Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico Spring Conference regarding Consular Processing – Austin, Texas (April, 2010)
  • Presenter via web cam to the Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. (“BMC”) Real Estate Practice Group regarding Cross-border Investment Opportunities – EB5 Program (March 2010)
  • Speaker at the AILA Spring CLE Conference regarding CBP-Update on the Balancing Act of Security and Facilitation – Washington, D.C. (March 2010)
  • Chamber speaker in the Legislative Advocacy Trip with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (March 2010)
  • Course Director for the 2010 Advanced Immigration Law Course for the Texas State Bar – Houston, TEXAS (Feb. 2010)
  • Speaker at the University of Texas at El Paso (“UTEP”) Business Law and Ethics Class regarding “Immigration Reform – Where Are We Now” – El Paso, Texas (Dec. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2009 International Bar Association Global Immigration Conference regarding “The Current US Immigration Law Landscape Following the Inauguration of Barack Obama” in London (Nov. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2009 Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) International Law Section regarding “The American Dilemma: A Transparent Immigration and Border Security Policy” – Miami, Florida (Oct. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 42nd Practicing Law Institute (“PLI”) Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute regarding “Planning Immigration Strategies in a Down Economy” - New York (Oct. 2009)
  • Chamber speaker in Fall Legislative Trip with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (Sept. 2009)
  • Speaker for AILA National Audio Seminar regarding “Late Breaking Updates from the U.S. Consulate in Juarez” (August, 2009)
  • Speaker for AILA National Audio Seminar regarding “Site Visits – Advising an Employer When USCIS Comes Knocking” (July, 2009)
  • Participant in Council on Foreign Relations Briefing of Immigration Task Force With Janice Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of State and meeting with Department of Homeland Security – Washington, D.C. (July, 2009)
  • Speaker at the 27th Annual Tulane Law School Multi-State Labor and Employment Conference regarding Immigration Issues Creating a Worksite Compliance Program, San Antonio, Texas (May, 2009)
  • Speaker at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) regarding I-9 Worksite Training – El Paso, Texas (May, 2009)
  • Author of “The Immigration Squeeze Chute and U.S. Border Security” for the National Law Journal (May, 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2009 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference Jointly Sponsored by AILA, and Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter in three panels regarding A Year of Aggressive Compliance - Lessons Learned From a Year of Raids and Prosecution, Demoted, Restructured or Fired - Representing Your Clients in a Recession Era; and The National Visa Center and Consular Processing in Bloomington, MN (April, 2009)
  • Moderator of Planning Committee for the 2009 Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law – Austin, TX (April, 2009)
  • Speaker at the Greater El Paso Republican Women regarding “Conflicts of Immigration Reform” - El Paso, Texas (April, 2009)
  • Panelist at the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce regarding Immigration Reform and Labor Mobility Roundtable at Washington, D.C. (March, 2009)
  • Speaker/panelist at the Texas Hospital Association Border Health Committee Meeting regarding Workforce Recruitment in El Paso, Texas (March, 2009)
  • Speaker for the ALI-ABA Immigration Teleseminar and audio webcast regarding “Immigration Worksite Enforcement and Employer Compliance Issues for 2009” (Feb. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2009 AILA Midyear CLE Conference regarding “Your Latest Trick: Recent ICE and Restrictioned Tactics in Worksite Cases” – Oranjestad, Aruba (Jan. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2008 Construction Law Conference regarding “Workplace Compliance Immigration Issues on the Construction Site” – Houston, TX (Jan. 2009)
  • Speaker at the 2008 AILA Fall Topics CLE Conference regarding “I-9 Inspections: ICE’s Re-Invented Enforcement Tool” – New Orleans, LA (Dec. 2008)
  • Speaker at the Healthcare Seminar sponsored by Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. regarding “Immigration Issues Affecting Health Care Providers – The New ‘Bling’ in Healthcare Employment” – Houston, TX (Nov. 2008)
  • Speaker at the Healthcare Seminar sponsored by Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. regarding “Immigration Issues Affecting Health Care Providers – The New ‘Bling’ in Healthcare Employment” – Austin, TX (Oct. 2008)
  • Speaker at the AILA Fall CLE Conference regarding “Getting In: Inadmissibility, Waivers and Relief for Business, Family and Entry Cases” – Savannah, GA (paper submitted – conference was cancelled due to Hurricane Ike) (Sept. 2008)
  • Speaker at the Texas/New Mexico Customs Brokers Association Conference regarding “Facilitating Legitimate Travel at Our Ports of Entry” – El Paso, Texas (Sept. 2008)
  • Speaker in the U.S. Immigration Law Update live webcast regarding “Hot Topics – Administrative Issues, State and Local Initiatives, Federal Pre-emption, CIS issues, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, and Maintaining Status” sponsored by the State Bar of Texas – Austin, TX (Aug. 2008)
  • Speaker at the National Conference of State Legislatures (“NCSL”) regarding “Constitutional Questions Related to State and Local Law Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law” – New Orleans, LA (July 2008)
  • Speaker at the Immigration Law and Employer Compliance Conference hosted by Lorman Education Services regarding “Immigration Corporate Compliance Programs in the New Criminal Enforcement Era” – El Paso, Texas (July 2008)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2008 Annual Conference on Immigration Law regarding “Localization of Immigration Law” – Vancouver, Canada (June 2008)
  • Speaker before the Board of Directors of Annunciation House regarding the “Present Environment, Vis a Vis the Immigration Issue” – El Paso, TX (May 2008)
  • Chamber Speaker at the Spring Legislative Trip with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (“GEPCC”) – Washington, D.C. (March 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker – The National Federation of Independent Business & The El Paso Hispanic chamber of Commerce 2008 State of Small Business Conference, regarding “New I-9 Form and Compliance Issues” – El Paso, Texas (March 2008)
  • Speaker at the AILA Northwest CLE Conference regarding “Waivers, Mexico and Canada,” as well as Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Seattle, WA (Feb. 2008)
  • Speaker at the AILA Colorado chapter regarding “Advocacy Issues” – Denver, Colorado (Feb. 2008)
  • Gave introductory remarks at AILA Midyear CLE Conference. She also presided over Board of Governors (“BOG”) meeting at the conference – Kohala Coast, HI (Jan. 2008)
  • Speaker at Associated General Contractors of El Paso regarding “Guest worker Program” – El Paso, TX (Dec. 2007)
  • Speaker at 2007 AILA Worksite Enforcement Conference on “Worksite Enforcement: A Look Back and a Peek at the Future - Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and Legislative Outlook” – Scottsdale, AZ (Nov. 2007)
  • Speaker at IBA Global Immigration Conference regarding “The New U.S. Immigration Law Landscape – 2007 and beyond,” London (Nov. 2007)
  • Speaker at 2007 AILA California Chapters Conference – regarding “Hot Topics and Third Country Nationals Processing” – San Diego, CA (Nov. 2007)
  • Speaker at AILA MidSouth Fall Chapter Meeting – Louisville, KY (Nov. 2007)
  • Keynote Speaker at 2007 AILA Fundamentals Conference – Boston MA (Oct. 2007)
  • Speaker at State Bar of Texas Immigration Webcast – regarding “Immigration Update” – Austin, TX (Oct. 2007)
  • Speaker at UT Immigration Conference regarding “Hot Topics – New Legislation” – San Antonio, TX (Oct. 2007)
  • Speaker at the Practicing Law Institute’s (“PLI”) 40th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute regarding “Crossing the Border and Getting Your Visa” – New York (Oct. 2007)
  • Speaker at the 2007 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law – Discussion Leader in the Masters Track regarding “Unlawful Presence and Immigrant Visas” and Interagency Panel – Orlando, FL (June 2007)
  • Speaker at the AILA Teleconference regarding “America Inspects: Don’t Leave Home Without What? A Study in Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Process” (May 2007)
  • Speaker at the AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference regarding “Consular Processing” – Las Vegas, NV (April 2007)
  • Speaker at the 2007 AILA Northwest Immigration Conference regarding “Consular Processing with Waivers” – Portland, OR (March 2007)
  • Contributing Author AILA Visa Processing Guide (March 2007)
  • Speaker at the 2007 AILA Midyear Conference regarding “All The Things You ‘Know’ But Can’t Find In The Regulations” – San Jose, Costa Rica (Jan. 2007)
  • Panelist at the (“AILA”) Texas Chapter Chair Conference, Department of State Open Forum and Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”), Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), and Department of State (“DOS”) –IS/CBP/DOS Open Forum and AILA National Update – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Nov. 2006)
  • Keynote Speaker at AILA Fundamentals Conference – Seattle, WA (Oct. 2006)
  • Speaker, participant at AILA 2006 Fall Conference regarding “Streamlining Security in Visa Issuance and Admission” – New York (Sept. 2006)
  • Speaker at AILA Canada Chapter CLE Conference regarding “NAFTA and Admission” – Toronto, Canada (Aug. 2006)
  • Speaker at Texas State Bar Live Web Cast regarding “Hot Topics in Immigration Law” – Austin, Texas (Aug. 2006)
  • Speaker at Mayor’s Congreso on Immigration Reform – El Paso City Council, El Paso, Texas (Aug. 2006)
  • Speaker/panelist at “It’s Our Border Too!” Press Conference and Panel on Immigration Reform – El Paso Inter-Religious Sponsoring Organization (“EPISO”) – El Paso, Texas (Aug. 2006)
  • Participant in the 1st Annual Strategy Implementation Seminar at the U.S. Army War College on implementation of national security policy and strategy - Carlisle, PA (July 2006)
  • Speaker at The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Leadership El Paso session “On the Border” regarding “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” – El Paso, Texas (June 2006)
  • Contributing Author AILA Visa Processing Guide (April 2006)
  • Guest Speaker on MSNBC’s The Most with Alison Stewart regarding naturalization (April 2006)
  • Moderator – Keynote Speech “US Border Policy and How to Protect Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking and Persecution” at Binational Conference on Unaccompanied Children- El Paso, Texas (April 2006)
  • Contributing Author, new AILA NAFTA book, Mexican immigration article (Jan 2006)
  • Contributing Author, new AILA Practice Toolbox on E visas (Jan 2006)
  • Guest Speaker on MSNBC Scarborough Country on the issues concerning President Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform with Pat Buchanan (Dec. 2005)
  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association New York Chapter Conference regarding “Litigation and Legislative Update in the Post 9/11 Age” – New York, NY (Dec. 2005)
  • Panelist at the US/Mexico Border Counties Coalition Conference regarding “Immigration Reform” – San Diego, CA (Nov. 2005)
  • Presenter at the University of Texas at El Paso (“UTEP”) Brown Bag Luncheon regarding “The Dilemma of Border Security and Immigration Reform – A Legislative Review” – El Paso, TX (Oct. 2005)
  • Participant at the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Commission on Immigration visit to South Texas to review immigration detention issues – South Padre Island, TX (Oct. 2005)
  • Presenter to the Chicago Bar Association regarding “U.S. Consulate in Cd. Juarez, Mexico: Immigrant Visa Processing Issues Confronting Immigration Law Practitioners” - Telephonically (Sept. 2005)
  • Participant in Immigration Roundtable Meeting regarding Immigration Reform Bill with Senator Cornyn – Austin, TX (July, 2005)
  • Panelist at 2005 AILA Annual Conference – two panels – “Southern Border Challenges” and “Immigration and Security: Practicing in a 9/11 World” – Salt Lake City, UT (June 2005)
  • Contributing Author AILA Visa Processing Guide (April 2005)
  • Speaker at the AILA Northern California Chapter Meeting regarding “Third Country National Processing at Consulates in Mexico” – San Francisco, CA (Feb. 2005)
  • Speaker at the Border Trade Alliance (“BTA”) Cargo Security and Trade Conference regarding “Immigration Update” – Washington, D.C. (Feb. 2005)
  • Speaker at State Bar of Texas conference regarding “Representing Small Business: Social Security Numbers and Immigration” – Austin, TX (Dec. 2004)
  • Guest Speaker on MSNBC Scarborough Country on the issues concerning Immigration Reform with Pat Buchanan and Representative J.D. Hayworth of Arizona (Nov. 2004)
  • Speaker at AILA Mid-South Regional Conference on “Virtual Border – It’s Impact” – New Orleans, LA (Nov. 2004)
  • Speaker at Navigating Cross-Border Issues Conference on “Homeland Security and the Virtual Border” – El Paso, TX (Nov. 2004)
  • Speaker at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (“IDGA”) Conference on “Impact of Globalization on US VISIT, Biometrics, and the Virtual Border” – Alexandria, VA (Oct. 2004)
  • Speaker at AILA’s Fall Conference on “Security Alert: US VISIT, Biometrics, and Data Collection Tactics,” Chicago, IL (Oct. 2004)
  • Planning Committee for the 2004 Conference on Immigration & Nationality Law – San Antonio, TX (Oct. 2004)
  • Speaker at AILA’s Second Global Immigration Summit on “Getting In: Consular Processing and Port of Entry Issues for Business Travelers” – New York (Sept. 2004)
  • Guest Speaker on MSNBC Scarborough Country on the issues concerning the “New Enforcement Initiative” (August 2004)
  • Co-author for AILA reference book article entitled Nafta and Healthcare Professionals (August 2004)
  • Author – “Creating a Virtual Border: The Manifest Destiny of U.S. Border Security” (2004)
  • Various AILA Committees regarding legislative changes in response to the 9/11 Commission Report (July 2004)
  • Panelist at the 2004 AILA Annual Conference on “Immigration Law: Border Entry Issues and Inspections” and “The Hot Seat: Immigration and Security” – Philadelphia, PA (June 2004)
  • Speaker at The University of Texas at El Paso (“UTEP”) 2nd Policy Roundtable-US VISIT Program, El Paso, Texas (June 2004)
  • Panelist at the UTEP Conference regarding “Border Security: The New Realities,” El Paso, Texas (May 2004)
  • Speaker at the Texas Bar CLE Immigration Law Course 2004 regarding “U.S. Law and Interface with Other Countries – Mexico Perspective” – Houston, Texas (May 2004)
  • Presenter at American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (“AAMVA”) Board of Director’s meeting regarding “Immigration Status and State Driver’s License Policy” – Victoria, BC Canada (May 2004)
  • Contributing author – AILA Visa Processing Guide 11th Edition (April 2004)
  • Speaker at the South Texas Community College US VISIT Conference and the Economic Impact on the Border Cities: Status Update – McAllen, TX (April 2004)
  • Panelist at the AILA Texas Chapter Annual Spring Conference regarding “Consular Processing Update” and “Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and Entry/Exit Controls Issues” – Santa Fe, NM (March 2004)
  • Speaker at the 2004 AILA Chicago Chapter’s Annual Conference regarding “Travel Issues for Visitors, Students, and Business Professionals” – Chicago, IL (March 2004)
  • Speaker at the 2004 AILA Regional CLE Conference on Travel for Work and Business: Visa Application, Admission, Reentry with Post 9-11 Security Clearances on two panels regarding “Inspection Issues Third Country Nationals (“TCNs”) Should and Should Not Expect at the Ports of Entry,” and “Untangling The Confusion of All The Security Checks Used by Consular Posts and Ports of Entry” – Park City, UT (Feb. 2004)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2004 Midyear Conference regarding “Latest Legislation and Policy Initiatives From Washington” – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Jan. 2004)
  • Panelist in a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill presented by the Immigration Policy Center (“IPC”) of the American Immigration Law Foundation (“AILF”) in cooperation with AILA, on the role of immigration policy in enhancing national security – Washington, D.C. (Dec. 2003)
  • Author – "US VISIT and the Struggle to Protect America’s Ports-of-Entry," published in Immigration Law Today (Nov. /Dec. 2003)
  • Speaker at the 2003 16th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference regarding”Updates on Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Practice: News from The Department of State and Advocacy Panel Update” – San Diego, CA (Nov. 2003)
  • Presentation at the Young Woman’s Christian Association (“YWCA”) Teen Reach Career Seminar regarding “Achievements in the Professional Business Community” – El Paso, Texas (Nov. 2003)
  • Guest Speaker on MSNBC Scarborough Country on the issues concerning the Administration’s earned adjustment program and on the Wal-Mart investigation of potential undocumented hires (Oct. /Nov. 2003)
  • Speaker at the 17th Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter Immigration Law Conference regarding “Consular Processing/Border Issues” – St. Petersburg Beach, FL (Oct. 2003)
  • Speaker at 2003 AILA Annual Conference on three different panels regarding “Connecting the Dots: Legislation, Regulations and Your Practice; Post 9-11 Regulatory and Legislative Changes”, “I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet,” and Department of Homeland Security Advocacy Panel - New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2003)
  • Speaker at AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference 2003 regarding “Struggling to Weather the Ongoing Immigration Storms/Consular Processing Issues and Updates” - South Padre Island, Texas (April 2003)
  • Speaker at AILA 2003 Spring Conference regarding “Immigration Enforcement and Security/Inspections and Port of Entry Issues” - Washington, D.C. (March 2003)
  • Speaker at the 5th Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium regarding “Hot Topics in Consular Processing”- New York, New York (Dec. 2002)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2002 California Chapters Conference regarding “Consular Processing/Border Issues” - Monterey, CA (Nov. 2002)
  • Conference Co-Chair and speaker at The University of Texas School of Law 26th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law regarding “Legislative and Regulatory Update” - San Antonio, Texas (Oct. 2002)
  • Speaker at The El Paso Society for Human Resources Management Bi-National Human Resource Conference regarding “Immigration and Work Permits” - El Paso, Texas (Oct. 2002)
  • Speaker at New Mexico State University (“NMSU”) regarding “Immigration Issues in Public Policy” - Las Cruces, New Mexico (Oct. 2002)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2002 First Global Immigration Summit regarding “Coming and Going - How to Avoid or Cure Border Crossing Problems” - New York, New York (Sept. 2002)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2002 Fall Conference regarding “Post September 11: Looking Back, Looking Forward” - Toronto, Canada (Sept. 2002)
  • Speaker at Migration Policy Institute Seminar regarding “NAFTA and its Immigration Provisions” - Washington, D.C. (June 2002)
  • Roundtable Discussion Leader at the Department of State ("DOS") Open Forum/Town Meeting and speaker regarding “NAFTA and Border Security Issues” at the 2002 AILA - San Francisco, CA (June 2002)
  • Speaker at the AILA Annual DC Chapter Spring Conference regarding “Increased Security at Consulates and Ports of Entry” - Washington, D.C. (May 2002)
  • Speaker at the 5th Annual American Law Institute-American Bar Association ("ALI-ABA") National Immigration Law Basics Conference regarding “Protecting the Employer - Employer Sanctions, Verifications, Discrimination and Other Compliance Issues” - Washington, D.C. (April 2002)
  • Speaker at the Texas AILA Chapter Annual Spring Conference regarding “Consular Processing” - New Orleans, LA (March 2002)
  • Speaker at the AILA Midwest Annual Conference regarding “Travel/Border Issues Post 9/11” - Chicago, IL (March 2002)
  • Conference Co-Chair and Moderator at the 2002 AILA Spring Conference regarding Department of State panel - Washington, D.C. (March 2002)
  • Speaker at the National Immigration Forum's Annual Conference regarding “National Security and Immigration Policies” - Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2002)
  • Conference Co-Chair and speaker at AILA 2002 Midyear Conference regarding Homeland Security - Ixtapa, Mexico (Jan. 2002)
  • Speaker at the El Paso County Family Law Bar Association Family Law On The Border Seminar in El Paso, Texas (Nov. 2001)
  • Conference Co-Chair and speaker at The University of Texas School of Law 25th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law regarding “Opportunities and Pitfalls With The New V and K+ Visas” - San Antonio, Texas (Oct. 2001)
  • Conference Chair AILA 2001 Fall Conference regarding “It's A Border Thing” - San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 2001)
  • Speaker at the El Paso Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. - El Paso, Texas (July, 2001)
  • Speaker at AILA 2001 Annual Conference regarding “Strategic Consular Processing v. Adjustment of Status” and Department of State Panel Moderator - Boston, MA (June 2001)
  • Moderator at the AILA 2001 Spring Conference Roundtable with Department of State Panel-- Washington, D.C. (March 2001)
  • Speaker at the AILA Chicago Chapter Annual Midwest Regional Conference regarding “Consular Processing v. Adjustment of Status” - Chicago, IL (March 2001)
  • Speaker at the National Roofing Contractors Association 114th Annual Conference regarding “Employer Sanctions Compliance” - San Francisco, CA (Feb. 2001)
  • Speaker at the AILA 13th Annual 2000 California Chapters Conference Regarding “TN/Border Crossing Issues” - San Francisco, CA (Nov. 2000)
  • Selected as Editor of the new AILA book on NAFTA Immigration Provisions as well as the new AILA Visa Processing Guide (Nov. 2000)
  • Speaker at the AILA 2000 Fall Conference regarding “Consular Processing” - Nashville, Tennessee (Oct. 2000)
  • Speaker at the Southwestern Legal Foundation's 47th Annual Institute regarding “Immigration and NAFTA” - Dallas, Texas (Oct. 2000)
  • Speaker at The University of Texas School of Law 24th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law regarding “Business Immigration and NAFTA” - Galveston, Texas (Oct. 2000)
  • Speaker at The El Paso Society for Human Resources Management Bi-National Human Resource Conference regarding “Immigration and Work Permits” - El Paso, Texas (Sept. 2000)
  • Moderator at the 2000 AILA National Annual Conference regarding Department of State Open Forum panel - Chicago, Illinois (June 2000)
  • Speaker at the Washington, D.C. Foreign Service Institute for AILA as the Chairman of the State Department Liaison Committee (May 2000)
  • Contributing Author to AILA Visa Processing Guide as to U.S. Consulate in Cd. Juarez (April 2000)
  • Moderated the Department of State Liaison Roundtable at the AILA 2000 Spring Conference - Washington, D.C. (March 2000)
  • Speaker at the Basic Business Immigration Law for New Mexico Employers Seminar regarding “Employer Sanctions” - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Dec 1999)
  • Speaker at the AILA 1999 California Chapters Conference regarding “Department of State Liaison Issues” - San Diego, California (Nov 1999)
  • Speaker at the Southern New Mexico Society for Human Resource Management ("SHRM") Employment Law Seminar - El Paso, Texas (Oct 1999)
  • Speaker at the1999AILA Immigration Basic Conference concerning Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas - New Orleans, Louisiana (Oct 1999)
  • Speaker at the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce Employment Law Symposium concerning Employers Sanctions Compliance and Business Immigration Law - San Antonio, Texas (July 1999)
  • Speaker and Panelist at the 1999 AILA National Annual Conference concerning Border Issues - Seattle, Washington (Jun 1999)
  • Speaker at the State Bar of Texas Business and Litigation in Mexico Course concerning Choice of Law - San Antonio, Texas (Feb 1999)
  • Speaker at the Fifth Annual Texas Mexico Bar Association concerning Consular Services/Immigration Issues - Mexico City (Oct 1998)
  • Author - Visa Processing at the U.S. Consulate in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, published in the Interpreter Releases (Jul 1998)
  • Author and Speaker at the 1998 AILA National Annual Conference concerning Border Issues - Houston, Texas (Jun 1998)
  • Contributing Author to AILA Visa Processing Guide (Jun 1998)
  • Author of article entitled, “El Paso/Juarez: A Crossborder Trade Experiment,” published in the Texas Lawyer (Mar 1998)
  • Author and Speaker at the 1998 Texas Chapter of the AILA Consular Processing Seminar - El Paso, Texas (Mar 1998)
  • Speaker at the World Trade Center 1998 International Trade Seminar - El Paso, Texas (Jan 1998)
  • Author of Bi-Monthly Trade Articles in the Gateway Magazine (1998)
  • Author of "New Issues in Consular Processing Post IIRAIRA" article in the Practice under IIRAIRA: One Year Later book published by the AILA (Nov 1997)
  • Author and Speaker at Society for Human Resource Management Seminar concerning Employer Sanctions - El Paso, Texas (Nov 1997)
  • Co-Speaker and Moderator of the 1997 AILA Teleconference concerning the new Affidavit of Support regulations (Nov 1997)
  • Speaker at the 1997 Fall Conference of AILA concerning Consular Practice under the IIRAIRA - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Oct 1997)
  • Author and Speaker at Society for Human Resource Management Seminar concerning Employer Sanctions - Las Cruces, New Mexico (Sep 1997)
  • Author of Cd. Juarez Consulate article in the Fifth Edition of the Visa Processing Guide published by AILA (Jun 1997)
  • Speaker at the 1997 AILA Annual Conference concerning Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing - Orlando, Florida (Jun 1997)
  • Speaker at the 1997 Texas AILA Annual Spring Conference regarding the New Immigration Law - South Padre, Texas (Apr 1997)
  • Moderator of the Consular Processing Panel for the AILA National Annual Conference regarding Consular Processing -Phoenix, Arizona (Jun 1996)
  • Speaker regarding Consular Processing in Canada and Mexico at the 1996 Midwest Regional Conference of AILA - Chicago, Illinois (Mar 1996)
  • Speaker at the National Business Institute Seminar regarding Overview of United States Business Immigration Law - El Paso, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico (Nov 1995)
  • Speaker and author regarding NAFTA Developments at National Annual Conference of the AILA - Atlanta, Georgia (Jun 1995)
  • Speaker and author regarding NAFTA Immigration Provisions at the State Bar of Texas Doing Business in the New Texas-Mexico Market Seminar - Monterrey, Mexico (Apr 1995)
  • Speaker regarding Employer Sanctions and H-1A and H-1B Developments at the El Paso Human Resources Society Seminar - El Paso, Texas (Mar 1995)
  • Speaker and author regarding Mexican Implementation of NAFTA at the Texas Chapter of AILA Conference - Las Vegas (Mar 1995)
  • Editor and author of Practice and Procedure Under The North American Free Trade Agreement book published by AILA (Feb 1995)
  • Editor of H-1B Toolbox: Samples for Representing Professional and Specialty Workers an AILA National Publication Concerning H-1 Nonimmigrant Visas (Oct 1994)
  • Editor of the AILA National Publication Concerning NAFTA Immigration Provisions (Aug 1994)
  • Trainer for Immigration Program Sponsored by the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services - El Paso, Texas (Jul 1994)
  • Moderator and Co-Author regarding NAFTA Immigration Provisions at National Annual Conference of AILA - San Francisco, California (Jun 1994)
  • Author of NAFTA Immigration Provisions Article for the Hispanic Law Journal of the University of Texas School of Law (Jun 1994)
  • Speaker regarding NAFTA Environmental Provisions at local Environmental Conference - El Paso, Texas (May 1994)
  • Speaker regarding Consular Processing at Regional AILA Conference - Washington, DC (Apr 1994)
  • Co-Author of article published in Immigration Briefings (National Publication) concerning the Immigration Provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Mar 1994)
  • Speaker regarding NAFTA Immigration Provisions at Texas Chapter AILA Conference -Dallas (Mar 1994)
  • Speaker regarding Employer Sanctions at Personnel Law Update 1993 Seminar - El Paso, Texas (Nov 1993)
  • Speaker regarding Consular Processing at Texas Chapter AILA Conference - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico (Nov 1993)
  • Speaker regarding International Trade at Seminar sponsored by the El Paso Association of Legal Assistants - El Paso, Texas (Aug 1993)
  • Speaker regarding Rights and Responsibilities of Employers in Hiring under the Immigration Act of 1990 at Seminar sponsored by the Governor's Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs - Midland, Texas (Aug 1993)
  • Speaker regarding Rights and Responsibilities of Employers in Hiring under the Immigration Act of 1990 at Seminar sponsored by the Governor's Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs - El Paso, Texas (Jul 1993)
  • Speaker regarding NAFTA Immigration Provisions at National AILA Conference - Toronto, Ontario (Jun 1993)
  • Speaker regarding NAFTA Immigration Provisions at Regional AILA Conference - Los Angeles, California (Mar 1993)
  • Article published in Twin Plant News regarding Immigration Consequences of NAFTA (Aug 1992)
  • Moderator at Spring Conference sponsored by the Texas Chapter of AILA - Galveston, Texas (Mar 1992)
  • Speaker regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement Presentation sponsored by the El Paso Commission for Women - El Paso, Texas (Feb 1992)
  • Moderator regarding Consular Processing at Winter Conference sponsored by the Texas Chapter of AILA - Ixtapa, Mexico (Dec 1991)
  • Speaker regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement and Employment Based Preferences and the New Immigration Act of 1990 at the El Paso/ Juarez Free Trade Symposium - El Paso, Texas (Dec 1991)
  • Speaker regarding Investor/Employment Creation Visas at the 15th Annual Conference on Immigration and Naturalization sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law - San Antonio, Texas (Oct 1991)
  • Speaker regarding Overview of Considerations as to Foreign Investment or Business, U.S. Customs and Export Considerations, and the North American Free Trade Agreement International
  • Business Considerations conference sponsored by the El Paso CPAs - El Paso, Texas (Aug 1991)
  • Speaker regarding Employment Based Preferences and the New Immigration Act of 1990 seminar sponsored by the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center - El Paso, Texas (May 1991)
  • Speaker regarding the New Immigration Act of 1990 and H-1B Attestation Requirements of the Immigration Act of 1990 sponsored by AILA (paper published in AILA national publication) - Houston, Texas (Jan 1991)
  • Moderator of Texas Business Opportunities in the New Europe conference sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association ("TYLA") - Houston, Texas (1990-1991)
  • Speaker regarding U.S. Business Related Visas at Texas-Mexico Technical/Trade Interchange - San Antonio, Texas (Jan 1990)
  • Co-Chairperson of 1990 Spring Immigration Law Conference of Texas Chapter of AILA (1989-1990)
  • Speaker regarding Professional Responsibility Considerations for the Immigration Lawyer at the 13th Annual Conference on Immigration and Naturalization sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law - San Antonio, Texas (Oct 1989)
  • Co-Chairperson of 1989 Spring Immigration Law Conference of Texas Chapter of AILA (1988-1989)
  • Speaker regarding Adjustment of Status at immigration conference sponsored by Texas Tech University School of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law, and Arizona State College of Law - El Paso, Texas (Apr 1988)
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