About the Section

The ACBA’s new 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. 

Immigration Study Group

Members of the ACBA Immigration Section are invited to attend monthly meetings of our Immigration Study Group. The Study Group usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month.

The study group is an opportunity for both new and experienced practitioners to ask practice questions, collaborate and learn. This meeting is not MCLE eligible. Check out our calendar to RSVP.

No lunch provided, please bring your own food.

Cost: FREE 

Executive Committee
Elizabeth pellegrin

Elisabeth Pellegrin


Law Office of Elisabeth A. Pellegrin
436 14th Street, Suite 728, Oakland, CA 94612

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.


Kas Shealy

Vice Chair

Bean & Lloyd, LLP
110 11th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

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.


Lara Bushon


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

Bonita Gutierrez

Bonita Gutierrez


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.

Maighna Jain

Maighna Jain


Maighna Jain is a graduate of UC Hastings College of Law.  Maighna has mostly represented children and youth in her career in the areas of education, child welfare, juvenile justice, probate guardianships, family law, immigration, and other civil legal issues. Maighna currently represents survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in domestic violence and housing cases in order to prevent homelessness among survivors.  Maighna has often crossed over into criminal justice system with her clients to ensure their rights are being enforced and protected in the criminal context.  Maighna is also a trained mediator and arbitrator and mediates housing, adoption, legal guardianship, and education cases.  In Maighna’s spare time, she teaches yoga to youth in schools and in juvenile halls.

Scott Mossman

Scott Mossman


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

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.