About the Section

The ACBA’s Immigration Section puts on quality MCLE and keeps us up-to-date on current landscape of immigration laws in the US.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or

We are actively seeking Executive Committee members to help lead the Immigration Section. Executive Committees are responsible for planning the section networking events, MCLE programs, and other activities throughout the year. 

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Damian Caravez



Bonita Gutierrez


Open Immigration Legal Services
436 14th Street Oakland, CA , 94612


Bonita Gutierrez manages a one-woman nonprofit law office in downtown Oakland.  She handles asylum claims, removal defense, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, T and U visas, as well as family petitions.  She practices in family law courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Immigration Court system.  In her past life, she handled commercial litigation, administrative law, and class action suits in New York City.  She’s a member of the California and New York Bars.

Judah Lakin

Judah Lakin


Lakin & Wille LLP
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 420, Oakland, CA, 94612
(510) 379-9216


Judah’s practice focuses on removal defense, appeals, federal court litigation, detention issues, family-based immigration, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Judah is also a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he supervises law students representing noncitizens before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals through Berkeley Law’s Ninth Circuit Practicum. Prior to starting Lakin & Wille LLP, Judah was an associate at Van Der Hout LLP. Prior to private practice, Judah clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and before that, worked at Dolores Street Community Services’ Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program. In addition to his work as an immigration attorney, in 2018, Judah co-founded and now co-directs the Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund.