MLF Lawyers at AILA D.C. Conference27 Nov 2012
As a client, you need up-to-the-minute advice. That’s why continuing legal education is so important to the attorneys at the Murthy Law Firm. It keeps us ahead of the pack and in the know. Our attorneys are constantly learning, and they share their knowledge with fellow practitioners as a public service, to improve the quality of immigration practice for the benefit of ALL immigrants.
Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, frequently lectures on immigration law at professional meetings. On November 14th, Sheela was joined by three of our firm’s supervising attorneys, who all spoke at the annual fall conference of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – the most prominent professional organization for immigration attorneys.
As a leader in her field, Murthy was tapped to chair AILA-DC’s November conference, as she has done for the past three years. Murthy said she is willing to invest her time and commitment and passion to help other immigration lawyers and professionals to learn, so that immigrants can get the help and superior service they need to get on with their lives here.
Murthy also moderated a panel on nonimmigrant visas and consular processing, which provided an overview of the various types of visas available to foreign workers and students at different stages of their careers. Jonelle Ocloo moderated a panel on family-based immigration, addressing complex issues such as the difficulties that arise due to death, separation, divorce, or spousal abuse. Pam Genise spoke on another panel about employment-based green card cases. Brian Green discussed how to defend employers that face Department of Labor compliance investigations, stemming from the employer’s participation in the H1B and related visa programs.
We’ve said this before, and it still holds true: immigration law is a moving target, and it changes constantly. With startling frequency, the agencies that administer the system – the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) – change their regulations or administrative practices – sometimes both. These shifts in policy might affect the evidence required to secure a visa, or change key procedures, like where to send an application. Fortunately, Congress does not amend the underlying immigration statute quite as often, but rumblings from Capitol Hill suggest that a major legislative overhaul may be in the works as soon as next year.
All of this raises an important question: wouldn’t you prefer to get your immigration advice from those who teach others about the latest developments? Leadership in law is one of many things that sets us apart. It’s the Murthy difference.
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