2016-2017 Section Report

The section supported pro bono efforts through grants to 13 nonprofits providing legal services and support to immigrants across Texas. More recipients will be announced in June. The section was proud to receive the State Bar of Texas’ Pro Bono Challenge Highest Percentile Participation Award. The section increased educational opportunities via email blasts and by working with other sections and the State Bar. The section sponsored the bar’s Advanced Immigration Law and Immigration Law 101 CLEs with promotion and funding and collaborated with the International Law Section’s 29th Annual International Law Institute, where council member Raed Gonzalez represented the section as a panelist on Immigration Consequences of Domestic and International Criminal Activity. News was distributed through the section’s newsletter and email list and the following topics were covered as well: the expected impact under a new administration on employment-based immigration, worksite compliance efforts, E-Verify, travel bans, and expansion of detention and removal efforts. At the State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas, the section sponsored a three hour CLE on ethics, “crimmigration,” and employment-based immigration. The annual meeting included updates from the LRINC.

-Ruth McChesney, Chair


Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Immigration & Nationality Law Section website. The Executive Council for the Immigration & Nationality Law Section is made up of attorneys working in virtually every area of immigration law from business immigration to removal defense. This broad spectrum of practitioners helps us maintain a balanced approach for our section members who render immigration legal services whether they are immigration practitioners or non-immigration practitioners whose cases (i.e., criminal or family law) have an immigration component.

If there is one constant about immigration law, it is that the laws are always changing. We seek to keep our section members apprised of the latest developments in the Federal and State laws that impact the way we advise clients. Our section newsletters strive to cover important immigration changes.

Our objective is to provide meaningful support to members of the Immigration & Nationality Law Section. We look forward to sharing with you the insights and ideas of leading practitioners and scholars in the immigration field in the coming year. We welcome your ideas and input into your section, so please stay in touch!

Debra Rodriguez
2015-2016 Chair