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Languages spoken: Spanish, Malay, Creole, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian, French, Mandarin

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 95%
    18 years
  2. Asylum: 5%

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325 Chestnut Street
Suite 1305-P
Philadelphia, PA, 19106-2613


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Exemplary Public Service AwardUniversity of Pennsylvania1996
Exemplary Public Service AwardUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School1995
Outstanding Educator, Singapore 1988Singapore Ministry of Education1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerSurin & Griffin, P.C. (formerly, Morley Surin & Griffin, P.C. founded 2003)2010 - Present
Volunteer Immigration AttorneyPA Welcoming Center2006 - Present
Founding PartnerMorley, Surin & Griffin, P.C.2003 - 2010
Immigration & Employment AttorneyDrinker Biddle & Reath LLP1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)Executive Committee Member2008 - 2011
Pennsylvania Welcoming CenterLegal Clinic Attorney2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)Member1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Removal Proceedings in Immigration CourtDefendant won case
Removal Proceedings in Immigration CourtDefendant won case
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Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration Legal Forum Speaker Article (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)Procedures in Immigration Law2008
Comparative Labor Law JournalGovernment Influence on Labor Unions in a Newly Industrialized Economy: A Look at the Singapore Labor System1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Wellesley CollegeLinguistics \ English LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1994
Singapore Institute of EducationBusiness/Education ManagementManagement Diploma1987
Singapore Institute of EducationSecondary EducationBa. Edn1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education seriesHiring Foreign Nationals in Today's Economy2014
Legal Seminar (U of Penn Legal Clinic Summer Seminar)Immigration Hot Topics2011
Summer Speakers Circuit (PA Environmental Agency)Current Immigration Issues2010
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Immigration Legal Forum 2008)Nonimmigrant Procedures in Immigration Law2008
Paralegal Annual Conference (American Immigration Lawyers' Association National)Immigration Visas2008
Immigration Legal Forum (Society for Human Resource Management)Employment and Immigration Procedures2008
Philadelphia Chapter Annual CLE ConferenceBusiness Immigration2006