Conference Speakers

Robert D. Aronson

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Robert D. Aronson is a shareholder in the Minneapolis-based firm of Fredrikson & Byron, practicing law in its Immigration Department.  Over a career of 30 years, he has established himself as one of the leading authorities on immigration matters for International Medical Graduates.  He has written over 70 articles, many of which deal with IMGs, and speaks frequently on a range of business-immigration/IMG topics.  He was the first recipient of the Roberta Friedman Lifetime Achievement Award, issued in recognition of his contributions to the field of immigration law and policy for International Physicians.  Other achievements in IMG matters include: Editor-in-Chief of the Physician Immigration Book (ILW 2011-2012 Edition); legal advisor on the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in its study on appropriate immigration policy for International Physicians; founder and first chair of the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Taskforce; former Chair of the AILA Healthcare Committee; advisor to the office of Senator Kent Conrad in its formulation of the Conrad State 20 Waiver Program; presenter at and co-creator of the NAFSA IMG Workshop (Denver 2016).  Bob received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award of the Indiana University School of Law in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the community.  Bob holds his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and was thereafter a Fulbright Fellow at the law schools of Harvard University and Moscow State University.


Matthew L. Benson is a Partner at Bartlett & Weigle Co., L.P.A. in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he practices primarily in the areas of asylum, removal proceedings defense, and family-based immigration.  Mr. Benson was previous Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (“AILA”) Ohio Chapter from 2011-2013 and is currently Vice-Chair of AILA’s National EOIR Liaison Committee.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University.  He speaks regularly at seminars regarding various immigration law topics and has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration.

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Joshua Breisblatt


Joshua Breisblatt is a Policy Analyst at the American Immigration Council, where he focuses on immigration enforcement, immigration courts and due process, and border issues. He engages with Capitol Hill and the immigration agencies. Prior to joining the Council, he worked at the National Immigration Forum as Manager of Advocacy and Policy. In that role, he was the Forum’s main point of contact with the federal agencies and the Congress. He specialized in border issues, including enforcement, civil rights, oversight of Customs and Border Protection, and trade and commerce at U.S. ports of entry. He also worked for Former Congressman Harry Mitchell of Arizona. Josh earned his J.D. from The George Washington University School Law and his B.S. from Arizona State University.


Alison M. Brown, Immigration Judge

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Brown in April 2010. Judge Brown received a bachelor of arts degree in 1990 from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a juris doctorate degree in 1995 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2008 to April 2010, Judge Brown worked as a private attorney for the Peck Law Firm in Omaha, Neb. From 2001 to 2008, she was a regional attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors, also in Omaha. From 1999 to 2001, Judge Brown was an attorney for the American Bar Association, Center for Immigration Law and Representation, in Washington, DC. From 1996 to 1999 she was an attorney for the Northern Carolina Immigrants Legal Assistance Project in Raleigh, N.C. Judge Brown is a member of the Maryland State, Nebraska State and North Carolina State Bars.


Scott Bratton

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Scott Bratton is a Partner at Margaret Wong and Associates LLC. His practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Mr. Bratton is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Bratton received his BA in Business Management from Ohio Northern University in 1993 and his JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1997. Prior to joining Margaret Wong & Associates, Mr. Bratton was a partner in the law firm of Bratton & Ratliff Co., LPA, where he practiced federal and state criminal law.

Mr. Bratton has practiced immigration law for over fifteen years and has been the attorney of record on numerous precedent-setting cases.  Mr. Bratton is an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches immigration law.  Mr. Bratton is also annually selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer.  He is a frequent speaker at immigration conferences throughout the United States.


Robert H. Cohen

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Robert H. Cohen is a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, in Columbus, Ohio. He has practiced immigration law for over 38 years.  His primary areas of practice include business and family immigration. Mr. Cohen has served as Ohio chapter chair and on the DOL and NSC liaison committees. He is currently chair of the USCIS Benefits Committee and immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council. He received the 2013 Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for Immigration Law every year since 1995 and has been recognized by Super Lawyers. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.


Melissa Gawelek

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Melissa Gawelek is a solo practice attorney practicing family immigration and removal defense in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Melissa is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2013) with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. Since admission to the bar in 2014, she has worked with clients from many nations to file hundreds of applications and petitions. Her current and former clients have appreciated her down-to-earth approach, her warmth, and ability to connect on a human level. Melissa’s additional training in Critical Incident Stress Management and Disaster Response aid her in compassionately representing clients who may have survived trauma such as torture, domestic violence, or displacement. Among her many interests, Melissa is greatly interested in refugee issues and human trafficking cessation. A proud member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Melissa assists several local non-profits with pro or low-bono representation for clients in need. She is on the Board of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association and is part of a strategic collaboration at the Summit County juvenile court aiming to improve resources and access to justice for refugees and immigrants.

Camille Gill

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Camille Gill is the Managing Attorney of Cleveland Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services’ Immigration Legal Services program. She has worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Charities since January 2014.  She graduated from the University Of Toledo College Of Law in 2008. She has practiced immigration law and worked on immigrant issues relating to taxes, public benefits, language access, and domestic relations throughout her career. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Lawyer’s Guild for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.


Kelli Hayes

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Kelli Hayes is an associate with Hammond Law Group, LLC and she focuses her practice on employment-based immigration matters, particularly in the healthcare and information technology industries. Ms. Hayes recognizes both industries are facing increasing pressure to remain competitive, thus she partners with her clients to provide strategic and economic solutions to meet their employment needs of hiring and retaining qualified and valuable employees. Ms. Hayes assists clients with various types of visas and immigrant petitions, including temporary H-1B Specialty Occupation and TN NAFTA Professional visas, and green cards, including those processing through the Department of Labor’s PERM process, and those issues abroad at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the foreign national’s home country.

Ms. Hayes joined Hammond Law Group, LLC in 2014, upon graduation from law school and admission to practice as an attorney. Ms. Hayes has a broad range of immigration experience, which began while working as a paralegal at a boutique immigration law firm prior to law school. In this position, she gained an appreciation for employer needs, particularly Human Resources, as they serve as liaison between the law firm and employee in need of immigration representation. Her passion for immigration law was solidified during law school as she continued to work in the area as a law clerk part-time while attending classes.


Mark B. Hansen

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Mr. Hansen began his career with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1983 as an Immigration Inspector in St. Paul. He also served in New Orleans from 1985 to 1987 as an Immigration Inspector. He was then assigned to the position of Immigration Examiner in Salt Lake City from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Hansen worked as a Senior Special Agent at the Western Regional Office in Laguna Niguel from 1988 to 1991. In May 1991, he began his service in Cleveland where he held several positions including Senior Immigration Examiner, Supervisory Immigration Examiner, and Assistant District Director, Examinations. In 1998 he was promoted to Deputy District Director and in 1999 he became the District Director.

In September 2003, Mr. Hansen was appointed District Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Cleveland District. The Cleveland District is responsible for providing immigration services and benefits to the States of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Mr. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Michael Jolic

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Michael Jolic is a Partner with Sharon & Kalnoki LLC in Independence, Ohio. He practices business and family based immigration law. A large portion of Michael’s practice is devoted to J-1 waivers representing foreign medical graduates (FMGs) and their employers. In recognition of his experience with J-1 waiver cases filed under the Conrad 30 program, Michael is frequently called upon to present on the topic of  J-1 visa waivers and H-1B visa petitions. Michael has been selected to the 2017 Ohio Rising Starts in the area of business immigration list and currently serves as the Social Media Liaison for the Ohio chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Outside of the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth sports. Born in Slovenia, Michael immigrated to the United States in 1996. Prior to that, he lived in Linz, Austria, where he volunteered with a local non-profit organization as a translator and developed an interest in immigration law. Michael graduated summa cum laude from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University with a degree in Urban Planning. Thereafter, he attended The University of Akron School of Law. In addition to English, Michael speaks fluent German, Slovenian, and Serbian/Croatian.


Kimberly P. Jordan

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Professor Kimberly P. Jordan is the Director of the Justice for Children Project and an Associate Clinical Professor of Law. She teaches in the Justice for Children Clinic representing juveniles in delinquency, child welfare, and immigration matters. She also supervises the Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking. Professor Jordan is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance, a board member of the Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, and a certified trainer for the National Juvenile Defender Center Project “Juvenile Training Immersion Program.” She has recently been named to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Trafficking in Children Workgroup.

Prior to joining Moritz, Professor Jordan was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, where she specialized in family law and the representation of children. Early in her career, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was a licensed substance abuse counselor. Professor Jordan is a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago of Law, where she was a ChildLaw Fellow, and Xavier University.


Betsy Lawrence

Betsy Lawrence is the Director of Liaison at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC, where she directs AILA’s agency liaison activities to advance the association’s administrative advocacy goals, and coordinates substantive law analysis and dissemination of liaison-related information to the AILA membership. Prior to joining AILA in 2008, she was an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in San Francisco where she represented clients with respect to all matters involving immigration and nationality law (business, family, asylum, removal defense). She has also served as an editor on several editions of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, and AILA’s Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law. She earned her JD from the University of San Francisco in 1996 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University in 1992. She is admitted to practice in California.


David W. Leopold

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Mr. Leopold is the founder and principal of DAVID WOLFE LEOPOLD & ASSOCIATES Co., LPA. His diverse immigration, visa and citizenship practice focuses on complex removal cases, including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; employment-based immigration for international medical graduates, researchers, scientists, high-tech workers, engineers and other skilled professionals; representation of foreign nationals at U.S. consulates abroad, including E-1 and E-2 treaty trader/investor visa applications and waivers of inadmissiblity; family-based immigration, including foreign spouses, fiancées, and family unity waivers; asylum; naturalization and citizenship; and I-9 compliance audits/employer sanctions defense. Mr. Leopold is the past president and past general counsel of the Washington, D.C.-based American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the premier bar association of immigration lawyers and professors in the U.S. He has served as AILA’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security’s key enforcement bureaus and co-founded the American Immigration Council’s Litigation Institute, a hands-on continuing legal education program focused on federal immigration litigation. A nationally recognized immigration reform advocate, blogger, and public speaker, Mr. Leopold has testified as an immigration law expert before the U.S Congress. His opinions and analysis on cutting edge immigration issues frequently appear in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Al Jazeera America and CCTV. Mr. Leopold lectures on immigration law and policy throughout the U.S. He served as a Senior Editor of AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Handbook and as a contributing author to AILA’s Visa Processing Guide. For nearly 20 years Mr. Leopold served as an adjunct professor of law at the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland-Marshall Schools of Law where he taught survey and advance courses on immigration, visa, and asylum law.
He received his Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985 and took a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1980, where he studied economics. Mr. Leopold is admitted to practice law before the bars of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.


Cyrus Mehta

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Cyrus D. Mehta, a graduate of Cambridge University and Columbia Law School, is the managing member of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC in New York City. Mr. Mehta is the immediate past chair of AILA’s Ethics Committee; special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York; and a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration Advisory Committee. He is the former chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council, and former chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the New York City Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker and writer on various immigration-related issues and is also an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Mehta received the AILA 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Award, the AILA 1997 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyers Award and is also the recipient of two AILA Presidential commendations in 2010 and 2016. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration Law 2016 (and is a winner of its Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year Award for 2015) and as a star individual lawyer in New York by Chambers USA 2016 in immigration law.


Kevin Miner

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Kevin Miner is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and works with employers throughout the U.S. on business immigration processes. He has worked closely with the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees to draft key provisions of immigration legislation. He is an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and serves as Chair of the AILA Liaison Committee with the U.S. Department of Labor.  Mr. Miner speaks regularly around the country on topics relating to high-skilled immigration.


Karen Gabriel Moss

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Karen has practiced immigration law for more than twenty years.  She joined Rosner, Ortman & Moss in 1999, became a partner of the firm in 2005, and was named co-managing partner in 2014.  From 2009 to 2016, Karen has been selected by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Immigration Law, and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016.  Karen has been a speaker on employment-based immigration at the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and AILA regional seminars, as well as at business conferences.  Karen has taught Immigration and Nationality Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as an adjunct instructor. For the past 10 years, Karen has served as a Mentor for American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in the area of Labor Certification.  In the past, she served as a Liaison for the Department of Labor/State of Ohio. She received her BA degree in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and her law degree from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.  Her professional associations include the Ohio Bar, the United States District Court, and AILA.  She has served as AILA Ohio Chapter’s AILF Ambassador. Karen is a board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.


Dwight Myfelt

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Dwight Myfelt is an associate with Hammond Law Group, LLC and focuses his practice on employment-based immigration matters, particularly in the healthcare industry. Mr. Myfelt partners with his clients to provide strategic and economic solutions to meet their employment needs for hiring and retaining qualified and valuable employees. Ms. Myfelt assists clients with various types of visas and immigrant petitions, including temporary H-1B Specialty Occupation and TN NAFTA Professional visas, and green cards, and those issues abroad at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the foreign national’s home country. Mr. Myfelt is a graduate of Cedarville University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He joined Hammond Law Group, LLC in 2008. Mr. Myfelt has a broad range of immigration experience, including extensive experience with H-1B visas and immigrant visas for physical therapists, and TN and immigrant visas for registered nurses.


Tania Nemer

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Tania T. Nemer graduated with distinction from Western Michigan University Law School in 2007. She began her career with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in Michigan and later joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio. For approximately 7 years, Mrs. Nemer served as “Of Counsel” for McGinty, Hilow & Spellacy Co. LPA where she primarily practiced in the areas of crimmigration, removal defense, deportation appeals, asylum, immigration bonds and detainers, family visas, conditional residence, and citizenship cases. She continues to focus her efforts on family immigration and removal issues as the Immigration Senior Attorney at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. For the past 9 years she has been intertwining waivers throughout her practice of immigration law and obtaining successful results for her clients.
Mrs. Nemer has previously served as vice-president of the West Shore Bar Association (WSBA) as well as a member of the CLE committee. She is currently Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has served as a volunteer attorney at the Family Detention Center along the southern border in Dilley, TX. Mrs. Nemer published a professional article, Criminal and Immigration Laws: The Lines and The Lives They Cross, in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.


Michele Norton

Attorney Michele Norton has over fifteen (15) years of experience in the field of immigration law. Ms. Norton is the Senior Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Svetlana Schreiber and Associates. She has been with the firm since July 2003. At the firm, Ms. Norton’s main focus is Immigration Litigation. Ms. Norton handles all types of deportation/removal matters before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Courts. While Immigration Litigation is Ms. Norton’s main area of focus, she also handles and assists with cases in all other areas of immigration at the firm including family, employment, asylum, naturalization, consular processing, passport adjudication, U Visas, VAWA and nonimmigrant visa processing. Practicing in the various areas, Ms. Norton has handled a variety of waivers before the Immigration Court, USCIS and at the Consular level.

Ms. Norton attended Edinboro University of PA in Edinboro, Pennsylvania where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. She then went on to pursue her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent some time working for a general practice with a focus in real estate and probate, a medical malpractice/personal injury firm, and a bankruptcy firm before she joined the immigration law firm of Margaret W. Wong & Associates. Ms. Norton’s focus at Margaret W. Wong & Associates was Business/Corporate Immigration Law. However, she also assisted in other areas of immigration law during the course of her employment there.

Ms. Norton is admitted to the Ohio Bar. She is also authorized to practice before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Norton is an active member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyer’s Association).


Brad Ortman

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Brad Ortman is co-managing partner at the Cleveland immigration law firm of Rosner, Ortman & Moss Partners, LLC. Brad has focused his legal practice on immigration law since 1997, representing companies transferring employees from abroad, universities, foreign professionals, athletes, and families. He has extensive experience with employment-based immigration for employers of all sizes covering a variety of industries, including telecommunications, medical, and advanced technology.
Brad is a past board member of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He currently serves as the Ohio AILA liaison to the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs & Border Protection and is on the board of the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group.
Mr. Ortman received his B.A. degree, with honors, in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1991, and his J.D. degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1995.


Annaluisa Padilla

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Annaluisa Padilla, AILA National President-Elect

Annaluisa Padilla practices complex family immigration and removal defense.  She is also a seasoned family law practitioner in La Habra, CA.  A native of Guatemala, she immigrated to the United States with her family. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School. She is a past AILA Southern California Chapter Chair, and has served on various national AILA liaison and issue committees. She is also a past chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Immigration Section, and served two terms as treasurer of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) Board, where she sat on the Board of Trustees for five years prior to her election as treasurer.  She currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for LACBA. Ms. Padilla frequently presents locally and throughout the U.S. on immigration law and its complex interplay with family law.  She has also presented on the legal implications of DACA, humanitarian forms of relief such as Asylum and VAWA, and strategies for successfully educating the family bar on SIJS. She has made community service a priority and frequently volunteers her legal services to indigent clients on a pro bono basis and actively participates in “Know Your Rights” forums for immigrants and others. Ms. Padilla has also volunteered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Domestic Violence Project, the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance, and the Immigration Legal Assistance Project. She also is a recurring pro bono attorney for Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and currently sits on their family law expert panel on “one-parent” SIJS. She has been named “Super Lawyer” six years in a row: 2011–16. Ms. Padilla is a regular legal commentator on the Spanish newscast Primera Edición for Univision, and a frequent blogger on immigration and family law issues.


Sarah K. Peterson

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Sarah K. Peterson is the founder of SPS Immigration PLLC based in Minneapolis, MN. Her employment-based practice focuses on physicians, academia, and high-tech companies. Sarah actively participates in AILA on both a local and national level. She has served as an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors since 2012. She also serves as Vice Chair of the DOL liaison committee and on the Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee. Sarah was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top corporate employment attorneys by HRE and Law Dragon, is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and is frequently invited to speak internationally on employment-based immigration.


Jessica Ramos

Jessica A. Ramos is an attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), a non-profit law firm in Ohio.  She is an alumna of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics, and she is a graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law.  The majority of Jessica’s cases deal with immigration and civil rights issues, and she has been recognized on a state-level for her extensive experience working with Unaccompanied Minors, and helped craft and manages Ohio’s pro bono response to last year’s crisis.  She played a pivotal role in favorably resolving the issue of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals being denied certain state benefits, including driver’s licenses and in-state tuition.  Jessica is very active in the “Welcome Dayton” initiative, a progressive initiative that seeks to support immigrant access to services, integration into the community, and job development and entrepreneurship, and was appointed by the Dayton City Commission to the Welcome Dayton standing Committee.  She reluctantly enjoys long-distance running and while a long-time resident of Ohio, her native state of West Virginia will always be “home.”


Trina Realmuto

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Trina Realmuto is the Litigation Director at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild in Boston.  Her work primarily focuses on litigation before the federal courts on issues related to removal defense and government accountability.  Previously, Trina wrote amicus briefs and practice advisories for the American Immigration Council.  She also has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates.  Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale where she concentrated on removal defense and complex federal court litigation. Trina has argued and litigated several precedent decisions on behalf of noncitizens and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. In 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded her the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation.


Stephanie Reither

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Stephanie Reither serves as the Columbus, Ohio Field Office Director. She started her role on November 17, 2014. Ms. Reither began her career with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2003 as an adjudications officer at the St. Paul Field Office. In 2008, she was promoted to a Supervisory Immigration Services Officer position at the Indianapolis Field Office. In 2010 she took the position of Section Manager with the Atlanta Field Office. Prior to her role in Columbus, Ms. Reither served as the Field Office Director in the Norfolk Field Office from September 2011 to November 2014.

Ms. Reither holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from the Ohio State University and has successfully completed USDA’s Executive Leadership Program.


Laurel Scott

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Laurel Scott is the Founding Attorney at Scott and Associates. She received a BA from Simon’s Rock College, a Master’s Degree from Duke University, and a Law Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. She spent a year studying at the Queen’s University of Belfast and completed an internship at the European Parliament. She started work on her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003 and quickly realized that waivers were an ideal niche for her new firm. Over the years, she emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles on the subject and speaking at many events for immigration lawyers. Licensed in Texas and practices out of Philadelphia, PA.”