PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
   
         
 
Speaker, “Immigration Compliance in the Workplace”, Fundamentals of Employment Law, Topeka, KS, 9/29/15
 
 
 
 
Program Committee, AILA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 6/2015
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Essential Concepts for Immigration Lawyers”, St. Louis, MO, 3/20/15
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Stength Training on Employment-based NIV Timing Issues”, AILA Bankok Chapter Conference, Manila, Philippines, 3/12/15
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Immigration Law Compliance”, Hot Topics in Employment Law, Sterling Education Services, Kansas City, KS, 5/6/14
 
 
 
 
Chair, AILA/USCIS Ombudsman Liaison Committee, 2012-2014
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Implication of Immigration Reform”, PNAA North Central Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO,4/26/14
 
 
 
 
Member, AILA Inter-Agency Liaison Committee, 2012-2014
 
 
 
 
Discussion Leader, “CIS Ombudsman Open Forum” AILA Spring Conference, Washington, DC, 4/11/13
 
 
 
 
Program Committee, AILA Spring Conference & Webcast, Washington, DC, April, 2014
 
 
 
 
Member, USCIS Service Center Operations Liaison Committee, 2012-2014
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Researching and Mastering the CSPA in 90 Minutes!”, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, MO, 11/21/13
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Role of a Paralegal in Immigration Practice”, AILA Paralegals Conference, Washington, DC, 10/24/13
 
 
 
 
Program Committee, AILA Paralegals Conference, Washington, DC, October 2013
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Developments in Immigration Law”, Judge Advocate General’s Conference, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS, 9/29/13
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “CIS Ombudsman Open Forum”, AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 6/28/13
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Adjustment Roundtable”, AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 6/26/13
 
 
 
 
Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association Missouri/Kansas Chapter, with seat on National Board of Governors. 2012-13; 2003-05; 1995-97
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “CIS Ombudsman Open Forum”, AILA Spring Conference, Washington, DC, 4/12/13
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Disappearing 245(i) Derivatives”, AILA Lunch CLE, Kansas City, MO, 1/11/13 Edition
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Benefits of AILA Membership”, AILA podcast, 8/30/12
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “The Mysterious World of Grandfathered 245(i) Derivatives”, AILA National Audio Seminar, 7/17/12
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Strategies in Complicated I-751 Cases”, AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, 6/15/12
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “CIS Ombudsman Open Forum”, AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, 6/15/12
 
 
 
 
Member, AILA Distance Learning Committee, 2011-2012
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “FB-2A Derivatives: Dirty Secrets Revealed”, AILA Web Seminar, 11/29/11
 
 
 
 
Author, “The Nuances of the Marriage Fraud Interview”, Voice, Vol.2, Issue 3 (May/June 2011)
 
 
 
 
Author, “Preparing Your Client for a Hard Marriage Interview”, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2011-12
 
 
 
 
Edition Member, AILA/USCIS Ombudsman Liaison Committee, 2011-2012
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Avoiding, Fighting, and Overcoming Sham Determinations”, AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 6/16/11
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Advanced Issues in Family-Based Immigration: Adjustment of Status”, AILA National Audio Seminar, 2/17/11
 
 
 
 
Program Committee, AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, California, 2011
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Strategies for Non-CSPA Priority Date Retention”, AILA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 7/3/10
 
 
 
 
Recipient, Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Immigration Law Award, June, 2010
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Children Born out of Wedlock and Legitimated Children”, AILA Web Seminar, 1/21/10
 
 
 
 
Speaker, “Managing Client Anxiety While Maintaining Your Sanity”, AILA Podcast, 12/2/09
 
 
 
 
Author, “Shelter From the Storm: Temporary Protected Status”, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2009-10
 
 
 
 
Speaker/Moderator, “Shelter From the Storm: Temporary Protected Status, AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 6/5/09
 
         
  Chair, AILA Paralegal Certification Task Force, 2008-9  
         
  Attorney Liaison to the District Director, U.S.C.I.S. Kansas City District, 1997-2009  
         
  Speaker, “Preparing a Family-Based Petition”, AILA Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, CAN, 6/26/08  
         
  Speaker, “Paralegal’s Role in Immigration Law”, AILA Paralegal Conference, Washington, DC, 4/3/08  
         
  Program Committee, AILA Paralegal Conference, Washington, DC, April, 2008  
         
  Speaker, “Family Based Immigation”, Immigration Law Institute 2008, Texas Bar, Houston, TX, 2/28/08  
         
  Speaker, “Non-immigrant Visas”, AILA Web Seminar on ABC’s of Immigration Law, web seminar, 1/17/08  
         
  Speaker, “Breakfast with the Experts”, AILA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 6/16/07  
         
  Speaker, “Affidavit of Support Requirements and Issues”, AILA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 6/14/07  
         
  Member, AILA/Chicago Asylum Office Liaison Commitee, 2003-2007  
         
  Speaker, “USCIS National Benefits Center Issues”, AILA Oregon Chapter Teleconference, 4/26/07  
         
  Speaker, “The Road to Naturalization and Citizenship”, AILA Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice Conference, Atlanta, GA, 3/30/07  
         
  Speaker, “Welcome and Overview”, AILA Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice Conference, Atlanta, GA, 3/29/07  
         
  Chair, AILA National Benefit Center Liaison Committee, 2005-2007  
         
  Member, AILA Service Center Operations Committee, 2005-2007  
         
  Speaker, “Affadivits of Support Under the New Regulations”, AILA Lunch CLE, Kansas City, MO, 10/13/06  
         
  Program Chair, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2007  
         
  Speaker, “Understanding Immigration Policy”, AILA Fall Conference, New York, NY, 9/15/06  
         
  Speaker, “Breakfast with the Experts”, AILA Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, 6/24/06  
         
  Speaker/Moderator, “Navigating Through the National Benefit Center”, AILA National Teleconference, 2/14/06  
         
  Member, Fiduciary Working Group, AILA Board of Governors, 2004-2005  
         
  Speaker, “Understanding Unlawful Presence”, AILA Lunch CLE, Kansas City, MO, 2/11/05  
         
  Speaker, “Immigrant Visas: Family Based”, AILA Fall Conference, Chicago, IL, 10/15/04  
         
  Speaker, "Visas for Business Purposes”, AILA Annual Conference, Philidelphia, PA, 6/10/04  
         
  Speaker/Moderator, "Strategies and Pitfalls in Spouse Cases", AILA National Teleconference, 6/8/04  
         
  Chair, New Board Member Orientation Committee, AILA Board of Governors, 2003-04  
         
  Speaker, “Current Issues in International Law”, UMKC School of Law, 11/7/03  
         
  Speaker, “Emerging Issues - Healthcare Workers”, Advanced Practice Panel, AILA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 6/16/00  
         
  Speaker, International Law Careers Day, UMKC School of Law, 3/4/00  
         
  Speaker, “Understanding ‘Unlawful Presence’”, AILA Chapter Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, 2/25/00  
         
  Speaker, “Kansas-Missouri Refugee/Immigrant Forum”, Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City, Missouri, 10/22/99  
         
  Speaker, “Employment Law: Issues in Representing Non-citizen Clients”, Kansas Bar Association video-taped CLE program, March, 1999  
         
  Speaker, International Law Careers Day, UMKC School of Law, Kansas City, MO, February 1999  
         
  Speaker, “Immigration Ethics”, AILA Chapter Conference, Columbia, Missouri, November 1998  
         
  Speaker, “Immigrant Rights”, 2nd Biennial Conference, American Civil Liberties Union, Kansas City, Missouri, October 1998  
         
  Program Committee, AILA Annual Conference, “Strategic Lawyering Track”, Houston, Texas, 1998  
         
  Speaker, “Immigration Law and Ethics”, AILA Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, June 1998  
         
  Speaker, International Law Careers Day, U.M.K.C. School of Law, February 1998  
         
  Speaker, National Lawyers Guild, U.M.K.C. School of Law, September, 1997  
         
  Speaker, “Understanding the Politics of Immigation”, Institute for Labor Studies, Kansas City, Missouri, March, 1997  
         
  Speaker, “Immigration & Hiring”, Heartland Labor & Employment Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, October, 1996  
         
  Speaker, “Protecting Foreign-born Employees from Changing Immigration Laws”, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1996