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How Lawyers are Responding to Immigration Humanitarian Crises – and How You Can Join Them!

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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 hadassah@acbanet.org.

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. 

To view past programming on demand, please visit https://acbanet.prolearn.io/catalog 

Executive Committee
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Bonita Gutierrez

Chair

Open Immigration Legal Services
436 14th Street Oakland, CA , 94612
www.openimm.org
bonita@openimm.org

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.

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Kas Shealy

Vice Chair

Bean & Lloyd, LLP
110 11th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 433-1900
www.beancard.com/attorney/karyn-a-shealy
kshealy@beanlloyd.com

Kas Shealy is an associate attorney at Bean + Lloyd, LLP in Oakland.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Immigration Section of the Alameda County Bar Association, and is a member of the Northern California chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Kas devotes her practice to asylum, removal defense, family unification, and protections for victims of crimes.

Maighna Jain

Maighna Jain

Secretary

Bay Area Legal Aid
1735 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612-2107
(510) 250-5258
mjain@baylegal.org

Maighna currently works as a Regional Managing Attorney for Bay Area Legal Aid's Youth Justice Team.  Prior to law school, she worked as a case manager for juvenile justice-involved youth in San Francisco. After graduation from law school, she represented domestic violence and trafficking survivors in DV/family law and housing matters and has spent most of her career representing youth in education, dependency, dual status, guardianship, family law, immigration, and domestic violence matters. She previously worked at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office, and as a certified mediator for Consortium for Children and the Bar Association of San Francisco, mediating adoption, guardianship, education, and housing cases.

She is an active member of the Alameda County Bar Association, where she serves as the chair of the Wellness Executive Committee and as secretary for the Immigration Executive Committee. In her spare time (and prior to the pandemic), Maighna enjoyed teaching yoga and meditation to youth in juvenile hall and in schools. In addition, she continues to advocate for the use of restorative justice and alternative dispute practices for youth in school discipline and juvenile justice systems.

Members
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Peggy Bristol

Member

www.bristolimmigrationlaw.com
pbristol.law@gmail.com

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Lara Bushon

Member

Law Office of Lara A. Bushon
1939 Harrison Street, Ste 908
Oakland CA 94612
(415) 851-2062
www.bushonlaw.com
lara@bushonlaw.com

Judah Lakin

Judah Lakin

Member

Lakin & Wille LLP
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 420, Oakland, CA, 94612
(510) 379-9216
www.lakinwille.com
judah@lakinwille.com

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.

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Scott Mossman

Member

Law Office of Scott A. Mossman
1970 Broadway, Suite 1145
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-1115
smossmanlaw.com
scott@smossmanlaw.com

Scott Andrew Mossman is an attorney who has practiced only immigration law since 2003. His practice emphasizes visa renewal, immigration, and naturalization with an arrest or conviction history; obtaining status for undocumented persons through visa and hardship waiver applications; removal/deportation defense; and working with criminal defense counsel to minimize the immigration harm from criminal charges.

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Liz Pellegrin

Member

Law Office of Elisabeth A. Pellegrin
436 14th Street, Suite 728, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 722-9094
www.lizpellegrinlaw.com
liz@lizpellegrinlaw.com

Elisabeth A. Pellegrin (Liz) has over a decade of professional experience working with immigrants in the area of immigration law.  She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by The State Bar of California.  Her current private practice has been exclusively dedicated to immigration and nationality law since 2011.  In addition to her role with ACBA, Liz is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), and the National Immigration Project of the NLG.  She is the past Co-Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area NLG Chapter’s Immigration Committee and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Northern California Chapter of AILA.

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Carly Stadum-Liang

Member

Stadum-Liang Immigration
2648 International Blvd. Suite 801
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 543-1648
carly@sl-immigration.com

Carly Stadum-Liang is the Managing Attorney of Stadum-Liang Immigration in Oakland, California.

As a dedicated, passionate advocate, Carly devotes her practice to representing and defending individuals in asylum matters, removal proceedings, family-based visa petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, VAWA and U-visa petitions, and adjustment of status and naturalization applications. Carly takes the time to work closely with clients to gather the necessary evidence for their cases and to develop creative legal strategies. She is persistent and steadfast in fighting for her clients’ cases and rights and gives each client the compassion and attention they deserve.

Carly has won a number of difficult cases. She has successfully litigated, along with co-counsel, a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, for a Somali client whose father had been persecuted for his work with Western humanitarian organizations. She has also won asylum grants and a waiver of the one-year asylum bar for clients who suffered from mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Carly founded Stadum-Liang Immigration after working at Northern Virginia Family Service, a non-profit, where she was an immigration attorney. At NVFS, Carly successfully represented clients in asylum, U-visa, T-visa, family-based, and special immigration juvenile status cases. Prior to her work at NVFS, Carly worked as an attorney at a small immigration firm in Northern Virginia.

Carly earned her J.D. and Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. At Georgetown Law, Carly worked as a student attorney in Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she represented a Nepali asylum seeker in immigration court, helping him win asylum. While a law student, Carly interned with the Arlington Immigration Court, the U.S. Department of State, the UN Refugee Agency, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Carly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at Concordia College.

Carly is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Virginia State Bar. She speaks Spanish and conversational French. In addition to her private practice, she volunteers at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and with the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative.