Practicing Immigration Law in an Era of Heightened Enforcement – Panel Discussion & Reception

Monday, October 9

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

6 – 7 p.m. Reception
7 – 8 p.m. Panel Discussion

We apologize, but this event is now at capacity.

Moderator Geoffrey Heeren is an Associate Professor of Law and the Michael and Dianne Swygert Teaching Fellow at Valparaiso University Law School.  He founded and directs the Immigration Law Clinic at the law school and also teaches Constitutional Law. The Clinic engages in direct representation and advocacy projects on behalf of immigrants, including asylum seekers and children. Prior to joining Valparaiso, Geoffrey was a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law, where he supervised students handling asylum hearings in the Immigration Court.  Geoffrey first practiced immigration law at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he handled direct representation of immigrants in detention, federal appellate work, and affirmative civil rights litigation. While working as a legal aid attorney in Chicago, Geoffrey also taught asylum law as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Geoffrey received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Panelist Bios:

Maria Blumenfeld, ‘14
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center

Maria Blumenfeld is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and Reed Smith LLP at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Maria provides legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant children and formerly detained immigrant families in Indiana. Maria graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s of science in business and was a member of the International Honor Society in business, management and administration. She obtained her J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School and is licensed in the state of Indiana. Prior to joining NIJC, she participated in the Valparaiso Immigration Clinic where she represented asylum seekers and served as an interpreter for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.

Alfredo Estrada, ‘15
Attorney, Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP

Alfredo Estrada is an associate attorney at the Merrillville firm Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP. He is the co-chair of the firm’s immigration practice group and a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Alfredo’s immigration practice mainly focuses on representing undocumented clients with USCIS application/petitions and removal defense in front of the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Immigration Court.  Recently, Alfredo has successfully advocated for immigrants by lobbying local municipalities to adopt a Welcome City Ordinance. The Welcome City Ordinance requires the adopting municipality to review all current municipal documents to determine whether immigrant status is required in regards to the municipal benefit, increases communication with immigrant residents, and appoints an official to review U Visa certification applications. He has been successful in the cities of Gary and East Chicago and is currently in communication with multiple other municipalities.

Teresita Marsal-Avila, ‘86
Founder, Marsal Avila Law Group

Teresita Marsal-Avila has over 27 years of experience in Immigration and Naturalization law and has personally helped thousands of individuals and families achieve their American Dreams. Her law firm handles family-based immigration cases. In addition, she focuses on removal and deportation matters before the Immigration Court not only in Chicago, but nationwide, as well as analyzes the consequences of criminal charges as they pertain to immigration relief. Teresita is a 1983 graduate of Valparaiso University, and obtained her J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School in 1986.

William Quiceno, ‘97
Partner, Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd.

William A. Quiceno became a partner at Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd. in January of 2006 after working at the firm as an Associate since June of 1997. He practices in the areas of Immigration Law, Litigation, Family Law and Real Estate. In the area of immigration, Mr. Quiceno has become specialized in the areas of removal defense and benefits under Temporary Protected Status and NACARA. He regularly practices before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, Executive Office for Immigration Review – Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has practiced in the Northern District of Illinois – United States District Court.




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