Luba Seliavski is a passionate and business-oriented attorney. She represents national and multinational companies and foreign entrepreneurs in business immigration matters. She also assists clients with naturalization applications and family immigration cases.
Ms. Seliavski's services meet the highest standards of a large law firm. However, her clients enjoy competitive rates, achieved through the elimination of high overheads and inefficiencies of large law firms. Every client's matter is a priority for Ms. Seliavski, regardless of the size or industry. She offers thoughtful, creative and workable solutions to each of her clients based on their unique legal needs and business objectives.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 26, 2015
South Florida students are encouraged to express “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” in a creative writing contest currently being sponsored by the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council (AIC). The regional competition is part of the national 18th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest for fifth graders across the country. Its open format gives young writers the opportunity to express in their own words and unique style their affinity for America’s blended culture, while also encouraging them to reference their own family history, personal immigration experiences and thoughts on the challenges that immigrants face.
Local entries are due by March 21, 2015. South Florida submissions should be sent to Regional Coordinator Sandra Echevarria, Esq. at miamiimmigrationattorneys(at)gmail(dot)com. Additional information about the South Florida contest can be found here.
After students submit their entries, AILA South Florida will select the top three regional winners who will each receive monetary prizes. The first place winner’s piece will then be entered into the national competition where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel typically comprised of U.S. Senators, award-winning authors, and notable journalists. The nationwide winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip, along with two guests, to The Council’s American Heritage Awards in Boston where he or she will be honored with an engraved plaque, have a flag flown over the Capitol in his or her honor, and share the winning entry, which will also be printed in the Congressional Record.
Last year, South Florida student Charlotte Leigh of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida was selected as the national Celebrate America winner for her piece entitled "The Land of Opportunity.”
To learn more about the national Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest, please visit http://www.celebrateamericawritingcontest.org/.
About AILA South Florida
AILA South Florida is one of the largest and most respected chapters of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association. The organization’s attorneys are dedicated to providing personalized and high quality immigration law counsel to immigrants throughout South Florida. AILA South Florida attorneys strive to utilize their legal education, experience and specialized knowledge to effectively represent individuals in immigration legal matters based on each individual’s unique circumstances, immigration history, and ultimate objectives. Learn more at http://www.ailasouthflorida.org .
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Kanya Sanders, began her career in 1996. She represents individuals, families, and businesses in complex family-based, employment-based, and other special immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and other government agencies. Kanya specifically assists clients with waivers of inadmissibility, reversing immigrant and nonimmigrant visa denials at U.S. consular posts, appeals and motions to reopen and reconsider adverse agency decisions, responses to complex additional evidence requests, reinstatement of nonimmigrant status, J-1 physicians foreign residency requirement waivers, national interest waivers, intra-company transferee visas, outstanding professor / researcher visas, extraordinary ability visas, U visas, battered spouse and other complex nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters.Representative Experience
English, Tamil, Sinhalese
Marisa DeFranco is an immigration attorney with 17 years of experience. In October 2011, she was honored as a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Attorney DeFranco is also a National Award Winner, receiving the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association’s Beacon of Justice Award for her Pro Bono Service in October 2010. In July 2011, Attorney DeFranco was published as a writer in the ABA’s book, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms, and her scholarly article, Gender Asylum: Bringing the Law into the 21st Century, was published in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Section Review. Ms. DeFranco was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012. Attorney DeFranco is a political analyst on CBS Nightside with Dan Rea, is a frequent contributor to WGBH and is a published opinion writer in the Boston Herald.
Attorney DeFranco specializes in all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including business immigration, investor visas, Federal Court litigation, family immigration, asylum and naturalization. Attorney DeFranco’s business-based immigration practice includes hands-on experience in a wide range industries, from small businesses to Fortune 500 and including healthcare, IT, biotechnology, construction, restaurant and service industries and entrepreneurs.
Attorney DeFranco served as Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Immigration Section Council. She also served as Chair of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a liaison to a Federal Government agency and as a Director on the AILA National Board of Governors. In 2008, Ms. DeFranco was appointed a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. During law school, DeFranco worked in the Staff Attorney’s office at the First Circuit Court of Appeals and as a Victim’s Witness Advocate in the Cambridge District Court as part of Suffolk’s Battered Women Clinic, and also attended the Comparative and International Law curriculum at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
The Law Office of Marisa DeFranco shares a strong commitment with clients to provide efficient legal services of the highest quality without intimidation or confusion. Marisa's philosophy is to facilitate a client's encounters with the legal system by instilling confidence and bringing peace of mind. Attorney DeFranco meets the needs of her clients by following through on a promise of diligent and thorough attention to each case from inception to resolution.
"I strive to minimize my clients’ stress in all areas of the legal process and endeavor to answer any and all questions until my clients are satisfied that they understand all of the issues in their case. I believe that no question is trivial when it comes to my clients' interests and well-being".
May 2013 Chelmsford TV: Guest, Interviewed on Politics and Immigration, Chelmsford, MA
April 2013 The Mass Factor, Local Cable Show: Guest, Interviewed on Immigration, Peabody, MA
March 2013 Brooksby Village, Concerned Citizens: Immigration Reform, Peabody, MA
March 2013 South Shore Democratic Caucus, Educational Forum on Immigration Reform: Keynote Speaker
March 2013 Legal Lines, Local Cable Show: Guest, Interviewed on Current Immigration Issues, Boston, MA
November 2012 The Mass Factor, Local Cable Show: Guest, Interviewed on Senate race, Peabody, MA
May 2012 Cape & Islands Democratic Council Jefferson Jackson Dinner, Keynote Speaker
December 2011 MCLE Immigration Law BasicsPlus program: Ethics
November 2010 Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Conference: Immigration Issues in Family Law
June 2010 Massachusetts Bar Association, Haiti Task Force, Instructor: Training for Temporary Protected Status filings
May 2010 AAUW Taunton, Remarkable Young Women Tea, Guest Speaker: Equal Pay and Comparable Work
April 2010 Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators & MCSW: Equal Pay Day at the State House
February 2010 Massachusetts Bar Association, Immigration Section: H-1B Basics
September 2009 Massachusetts Bar Association, Immigration Section: Operating a Profitable Immigration Law Office
May 2009 Brooksby Village, Men’s Group: Immigration History and Current Law
April 2009 Massachusetts Bar Association, Employment Law & Immigration Section: Pitfalls in Representing Foreign Nationals CLE
April 2009 Massachusetts Bar Association, Immigration Section: Family Immigration Issues CLE
September 2008 Brooksby Village, Know Your Government: History of Immigration, From Open Borders to Today’s Backlogs, Peabody, MA
April 2008 Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Spring Business Expo Lunch, Featured Speaker: Choppy Waters Ahead: Is Your Company Prepared To Navigate 21st Century Immigration Hazards. Haverhill, MA
September 2007 Legal Lines, Local Cable Show: Guest, Interviewed on Current Immigration Issues, Boston, MA
August 2007 Brooksby Village, Concerned Citizens: Immigration-History, National ID Card, Border Fence, Reform, Peabody, MA
May 2007 Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston Chapter: Impact of Immigration Laws on Employment
February 2007 North Chamber of Commerce, HR Professionals Roundtable: Navigating Immigration Issues, Danvers, MA
February 2007 AILA New England YLD: The Application of Lozada to Business Petitions, Boston, MA
NOVEMBER 2006 Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA): Business Immigration,
NOVEMBER 2006 Women’s Bar Association: VAWA: Advocacy in the Immigration Context, Boston, MA
OCTOBER 2006 Southern Connecticut State University, 16th Annual Women’s Studies Program Conference: “Women’s Health: Colonized, Resisted, Reclaimed”: Immigration and Women’s Health, New Haven, CT
OCTOBER 2006 Cape Verdean Alumni Network in Partnership with Consulate General of Cape Verde, “Youth Workshop: Culture, Integration, Education and Career - Keynote by Prime Minister to the Republic of Cape Verde”: Know Your Rights: Immigration Options and Pitfalls for Students, Roxbury, MA
JULY 2006 North Shore Technology Council, Immigration Issues: How Do Regulations, Security and Audits Impact Your Employment of Foreign Talent. Peabody, MA
MAY 2006 AILA YLD: How to Start Your Own Immigration Business Practice, Boston MA
MAY 2006 MIRA: Business Immigration, Worcester, MA
MAY 2006 Office of New Bostonians: Know Your Rights (with Boston PD & MBTA), Boston, MA
MAY 2006 USCIS Naturalization Ceremony at JFK Library, AILA Essay Contest Presenter, Boston, MA
APRIL 2006 Master of Ceremonies: AILA New England Congressional Breakfast, Boston, MA
APRIL 2006 AILA New England: Annual Conference, Ethical Issues in Employment & Family-Based Practice, Boston, MA
WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION, EXPERT EDITORIAL: Marisa DeFranco, Five Myths of Immigration, (Article used to Launch new WBA site), October 5, 2006
BEYOND LIMITATIONS: CREATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ALL IMMIGRATION LAWYERS, AILA New England/Suffolk University Law School, Marisa DeFranco and Jonathan Greene, Ethical Issues in Employment & Family-Based Practice, April 7, 2006
SALEM EVENING NEWS, OPINION EDITIORIAL: Marisa DeFranco, Dispelling Some of the Myths that Drive Debate over U.S. Immigration Policy, February 28, 2002
At Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP, we enjoy giving back to the community. We especially enjoy when students show interest in immigration law or estate planning. We are always happy to take the time to sit down to answer students’ questions, speak at schools and offer educational based internships.New Attorney Mentor 2010 – Present
Not only are we pleased to guide students who are interested in the legal field, but we have mentored new attorneys in the areas of immigration law, estate planning and business law on numerous occasions.Internships 2011 – 2015
We have offered internships to high school students and recent law school graduates, who were interested in immigration law. Our internships are designed to expose our interns to the different areas of transnational based immigration law. We design complex, life-like scenarios for our interns to issue spot, research and prepare. We feel that this approach gives our interns valuable experience and allows them to gain exposure to immigration law so they can determine if this is an area they ultimately want to pursue.AILA 5th Grader Immigration Essay Contest – 2010 – 2014
“Why I Am Glad America Is A Nation Of Immigrants.” Each year, the San Diego American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) participates in educating local fifth graders on the history and importance of immigration in America. The fifth graders then have the opportunity to write an essay on why they are glad America is a nation of immigrants. The San Diego chapter of AILA picks the top winning essays from the county, and the first prize winner goes on to compete at the national level. Each year, Ryan personally speaks to over 100 fifth graders to try and get them involved. She continues to volunteer her time on the essay committee because of the joy it brings her to speak to the children and hear their view points on immigration. If your school would like to have Ryan come and guest speak about immigration, please contact our office.ABA Immigration Justice Project – October 2009 – March 2010
Client was in deportation proceedings in the federal immigration court. Ryan Alexeev volunteered to represent this client Pro Bono. With over 130 hours of case preparation and tons of hard work, Ryan was able to successfully argue her client’s case. Ultimately, the client was allowed to remain in the USA with his family.
Check out the link for more details: IJP
The Wills for Heroes program was created to provide wills, healthcare directives and financial powers of attorney to first responders in the local community. For everything the local police and fire departments do for the community, San Diego local estate planning attorneys wanted to do something in return to thank them.Habitat for Humanity – San Diego County Bar Association (2009)
Gail K. McCarthy received her J.D from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan in 1977 and in the State of Wisconsin in 1980. She has practiced immigration law throughout her legal career and has limited her practice to immigration since 1988. With broad experience in all areas of immigration law, Gail K. McCarthy currently focuses on her role as outside counsel to employers ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. This includes work on individual immigration matters, I-9 audits and other worksite compliance issues, merger and acquisition issues, and treaty trader and investor visas, to name a few. Gail has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1995. For the first eleven years of her career, Gail was a legal services attorney for migrant farm workers and other disadvantaged persons. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Migrant Legal Action Program in Washington, D.C. and served as the Board Chair for three years. She is a long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, past chair of the Wisconsin Chapter, and a member of the Pro Bono Committee. She currently serves as the Chapter’s attorney liaison to the Marquette Law School’s Volunteer Legal Clinic. For several years Gail served as the Wisconsin chair of AILA's national student essay contest. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association and has made many presentations at attorney seminars. Gail has always had an active pro bono practice at Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde, S.C. and enjoys working with community organizations in immigration matters. Gail speaks Spanish.
Lauren Sigg practices primarily in the area of U.S. immigration law, focusing on business immigration.
Ms. Sigg's practice involves helping multinational companies, health care organizations, and schools in staffing their U.S. offices by successfully obtaining appropriate immigration status for their employees. She enables hospitals; academic institutions; and manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, including some Fortune 100 companies, to retain valuable key business people, scientists, researchers, and other professionals by obtaining both temporary and permanent immigration status. While her practice encompasses all business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, Ms. Sigg focuses on multinational intracompany transfers, petitions for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability, and naturalization matters.
Ms. Sigg also works with various health care organizations with respect to obtaining waivers of foreign residency requirements for physicians, enabling our clients to attract and retain valuable professionals. She counsels employers on the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related issues, including employment verification, I-9 matters, and E-Verify, as well as provides guidance on compliance with export control regulations.
Ms. Sigg also provides advice and guidance regarding import/export control issues, including compliance and enforcement issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sigg interned with United States District Court Judge Alfred V. Covello at the U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers ® in the area of Immigration for 2013 to 2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)Publications "Doctors Can Clear Immigration Hurdles," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (10/19/2012)
"Current Real Estate Issues and Trends," co-presented with Michele L. Maresca and George W. Watson III. co-moderator of monthly webinar series sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate and the University of Connecticut Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies (2010-2012)
"Clean Water Act Update: Storm Water Permitting, Enforcement, and TMDLs," co-presented with Michele L. Maresca and George W. Watson III. Environmental and Utilities Practice Group Roundtable (2009)R+C in the News Hartford Lawyers Promote AILA Immigration Contest Hartford Lawyers Promote AILA Immigration Contest
In local sites around the country, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sponsored the 17 Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest, whose 2014 theme was "Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants." The contest encourages fifth graders to submit written works (essays, poems, and stories) that reflect the theme. Serving as contest coordinator in Connecticut, immigration lawyer Lauren M. Sigg organized the efforts of AILA members to give presentations in several Connecticut fifth grade classrooms, coordinated contest submissions across the state, and organized the evaluations of the submissions. At Duffy Elementary in West Hartford, immigration lawyer Megan R. Naughton discussed the role that immigration has played in shaping our society. Charlie Krajc, a student from Duffy, won Connecticut's first place prize. His essay underscored the hope and bravery of immigrants coming to the United States. Although Charlie did not win the national contest, he and the other Connecticut finalists received gift certificates and were invited to attend and participate in a naturalization ceremony in Hartford on June 6, 2014.
Please click here to view the West Hartford News article on the contest.
Immigration lawyers Lauren M. Sigg and Megan R. Naughton authored the article "Maintaining a Green Card While Working Abroad," published by the Connecticut Law Tribune on October 21, 2013. The article focuses on why permanent residents temporarily leaving the country need to plan ahead and specifically covers the areas of abandoning a green card, keeping a green card, and dealing with family concerns. Please click here to view the article.Robinson & Cole Attorneys Author Chapter in Global Climate Change Special Pamphlet Series Robinson & Cole Attorneys Author Chapter in Global Climate Change Special Pamphlet Series
Environmental and Utilities attorneys Earl W. Phillips, Jr.. Kirstin M. Etela, Brian C. Freeman. and Lauren M. Vinokur have coauthored a treatise on "Cap-and-Trade: Law and Economics," published by LexisNexis and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. This treatise is the third in a series of ten chapters in the “LexisNexis Global Climate Change Special Pamphlet Series.” The series will address ten topics on federal and state regulatory developments in climate change law, including the regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, disclosure requirements for public companies under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, and Renewable Portfolio Standards.R+C News Releases
A total of 54 Robinson+Cole attorneys were named Super Lawyers ® in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island for 2015. The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, third-party research, and a peer review process encompassing myriad practice areas.
In addition, 21 attorneys at the firm were recognized as “Rising Stars.” Read an explanation of the Super Lawyers methodology here. See the list of included lawyers in the news release.
A total of 54 Robinson+Cole attorneys were named Super Lawyers ® in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York for 2014.The Super Lawyers ® designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, third-party research, and a peer review process encompassing myriad practice areas.
In addition, 21 attorneys at the firm were recognized as "Rising Stars." Read an explanation of the Super Lawyers methodology here.
To see the recognized attorneys and their areas of practice, click here.R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy
Cathy Malloy, chief executive officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, poses in the 100 Peal Street Gallery with associates from Robinson & Cole LLP on April 11, 2012. The event was sponsored by Robinson & Cole's Associates Council, chaired by labor and employment attorney Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson.
The Annual Chapter Meeting and Election will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. at 5pm. at the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Lodge). The annual AIC Celebrate America Essay Contest Reception & Awards Ceremony will also take place at the same location. There is no cost to attend either event. Light refreshments will be provided.
Members who attend the Annual Chapter Meeting may choose to cast their ballots in person if you haven’t voted electronically. Voting will end promptly at 5:25pm .
Please find full details below:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Lodge)
1044 Stockton Street (between Washington & Jackson Streets)
San Francisco, California 94108
Annual Meeting and In-Person Voting start promptly at 5:00 p.m.
In-Person Voting will close at 5:25 p.m.
Election Results will be announced by 5:30 p.m.
(Electronic voting will take place prior to May 15 .)
Reception and Writing Contest Awards Ceremony