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C. C. Abbott

C. C. Abbott

also known as Colin C Abbott

Practice areas:

Immigration, Administrative Law, Asylum

About Me

 


 


 


The common thread throughout my legal career has been my interest and satisfaction in assisting clients who come from a variety of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  I have used my love of the law to assist low income people in both Canada and the United States.  My first job was as an advocate for refugees who had requested protection. Later as a Barrister, I accepted legal aid clients (criminal and civil) through legal aid certificates. When I immigrated to the United States, I completed an American law degree, and established my own law office in Jacksonville, Florida. There, I worked closely with the local immigrant communities to assist with asylum claims, family based immigration, deportations, and most other law relayed needs of immigrant clients. More recently, I worked as an Associate Public Defender in the 20th Circuit of Florida with the Felony Division. I am currently the managing attorney for the migrant farmworker unit with Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Our unit provides legal assistance to the farmworker community throughout the state of Florida.


 


 

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Languages Spoken: English, Creole, Spanish, Thai

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Immigration: 80%
  2. Asylum: 10%
  3. Administrative Law: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Pro Bono (100%)

Attorney Endorsements

237 total 

  • Daniel S Cruz

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    Daniel Cruz Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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    Aaron Thalwitzer Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Florida Rural Legal Services

Statewide Migrant Farmworker Unit, Managing Attorney
3210 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 101
Fort Myers, FL, 33902-219

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 201307/19/2014
FLMember in Good Standing200105/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Contributor Immigration LawAVVO2015
Florida Bar Liaison 12th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2015
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2015
Chair Standing Committee Unauthorized Practice of Law end 06 30Florida Bar2015
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2014
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar2014
Vice Chair FL Bar UPL Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar2014
Top Contributor Immigration LawAVVO2014
Chair Standing Committee Unauthorized Practice of LawFlorida Bar President2014
Florida Bar Liaison 12th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2014
Top Contributor Immigration LawAVVO2013
Vice Chair FL Bar UPL Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar, President Appointment2013
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar2013
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2013
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2012
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar2012
Contribution Level 20 DesignationAVVO2011
Certificate of AppreciationEqual Employment Opportunity Commission2011
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2011
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar / Board of Governors2011
Superb Rating DesignationAVVO2011
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar / Board of Governors2010
Florida Bar Liaison 20th Circuit UPL CommitteeFlorida Bar2010
Knight of the Month - Work in CommunityKnights of Columbus2010
Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Standing CommitteeFlorida Bar / Board of Governors2009
Training on Nova Scotia Land Registry SystemNova Scotia Barristers Association2004
Highest Grade in Immogration lawStetson College Of Law2000
Highest Grade in Administrative LawStetson College of Law2000
Cume LaudeStetson College of Law2000
Dean's ListStetson College of Law1999
Excellence in Legal WritingStetson College of Law1999
McDonald Prize Second Year Law Student Overall WorkDalhousie Law School1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing Attorney Statewide Migrant Farmworker UnitFlorida Rural Legal Services2009 - Present
APDPublic Defender 20th Circuit2008 - 2009
AttorneySole Practitioner in Florida2001 - 2008
Barrister and SolicitorCanadian Immigration /Administration/ Criminal Law Practice1992 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
St. Charles Borromeo ParishEucharistic Minister2014 - Present
Society for International Hockey ResearchMember2014 - Present
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawMember2013 - Present
Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)Member2012 - 2013
Ave Maria School of LawField Supervisor - Law School Externship Program2012 - Present
Immigration Advocates NetworkMember2011 - Present
Florida Legal ServicesMember - Legal Training Umbrella Legal Group2011 - Present
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
National Baseball Hall of Fame and MuseumIndividual member2010 - 2014
Florida AdvocateMember - Public Benefits and Employment Umbrella Group2010 - Present
Knights of ColumbusMember2009 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2009 - Present
Florida Bar UPL Standing CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida Bar, International Law SectionMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2009 - Present
Florida Immigrant Legal Aid AllianceMember2009 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2001 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Member2001 - 2003
CLINIC Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.Subscriber2000 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember1999 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
White v. Treasury Board (SOLICITOR GENERAL OF CANADA-CORRECTIONAL SERVICES)Dismissed - later cited by 8 similar cases
Visa Applications and PetitionsOriginal Applications, Appeals, Immigration Court, and Federal Appeals
Public Benefits: Administrative Applications / Hearings and AppealsLegal Representation (oral and written arguments) before administrative referees, adjudicators, commissioners and administrative judges

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Florida WeeklyFlorida Bound: Children Immigrants2014
Res Gestae (Lee County Bar Association)From the Bar2014
Florida Bar FoundationSpeaking of Justice - Protecting the Legal Rights of Florida's Migrant Farmworkers2013
Submission to FL BarCreole Translation UPL Complaint Form2011
Caloosa Belle Newspaper - Farmworkers Have Legal ResourceCommentator2011
Submission to FL BarCreole Translation of UPL Pamphlet2011
Immokalee Bulletin NewspaperCover Story - Florida Rural Legal Service: Farmworkers' Friend in the Law2011
The Florida Bar NewsUnlicensed Practice2003
USA Immigracion y Orientacion (Spanish Publication)Consultant2003
The Florida Times UnionA Family on Hold; INS finds marriage, child not enough to allow woman to remain in America after illegal entry2002
El Latino y El GringoLegal Commentator - Syndicated National Radio Show2002
USA Immigration & Orientation (5th Edition) (USA Immigration and Orientation)Consultant2002
International Insights Law JournalCase Notes - Editor1992

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawImmigration / Administration Lawlaw2000
Dalhousie Law School (Canadian Law School)Immigration / Administrative LawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Paralegal EducationLegal Ethics - Unauthorized Practice of Law2015
Immokalee OutreachImmigration: Rights of Framworkers2015
Florida State College of Law Alternatite Spring BreakImmigartion law - Outreach to H2A camps2015
Update on asylum LawImmigration: BIA Decision Matter of ARCG2014
Migrant Farmworker UnitImmigration: I - 9 Compliance2014
Immigration Law Seminar - Avon Park Catholic ChurchImmigraion: Use of Notarios and UPL issues2014
Immigration Law SeminarImmigraion: Visas, Permanent Residency, T and U Visas, Update on Immigration Reform2014
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration: TPS Extended to Haitian Nationals2014
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration - the new N-400 and increased analysis2014
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration: H2A countries update2014
Florida Rural Legal ServiesAttorney Fees2014
Annual Farmworker Unit TrainingFederal Law - Life of a Farmworker law suit2014
2014 NLADA National Farmworker Law ConferenceImmigration: Litigating on Behalf of Farmworkers to Improve Farm Labor Camp Conditions2014
2014 NLADA National Farmworker Law ConferenceImmigration Law: Overview and Opportunities2014
Update on USCIS PolicyImmigration Law: 90 day proof of State Residency N-4002013
Unit UpdateImmigration Law: status and legal representation - ethical issues2013
Unit UpdateImmigration Law: I-90 and Instructions2013
Unit UpdateImmigration Law: New Naturalization Policy Manual2013
St. Francis Cabrini Immigration Law SocietyHow Social Teaching Translates into Day-to-day Immigration Law Practice2013
Migrant Farmworker Unit UpdateImmigration Law: Availability of the T Visa, U Visa, and VAWA to Assist Aliens2013
Florida State University College of Law Alternative Spring BreakImmigration: Outreach to H2A Guest Workers2013
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration Law: Same Sex Marriages post DOMA2013
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration Law: T Visa Status2013
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration Law: Proposed Reform and Effects on Farmworkers2013
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration Law: Farmworker Visa Update2013
Florida Rural Legal ServiesImmigration Law: Proposed changes to guest worker program2013
Farmworker OutreachImmigration Law - Actions of Notarios2013
Asylum and Immigration Rights Law ClinicImmigration Law: Intersection with State and Federal Law2013
Unit TrainingImmigration Law: Naturalization and Use of Waivers2012
Skills Development Seminar- Attorney MentorInterview Techniques2012
Public Defender TrainingPost Padilla: Criminal Attorneys Duty to Aliens Concerning the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Adjudications2012
Peace and JusticeJustice and Benefits of Immigration2012
Leadership St. Lucie ClassFarmworker Legal Rights From Wages to Immigration2012
IFAS MeetingTypes of Employment Discrimation2012
FRLS Update on Immigration LawImmigration Update - DHLS Issues the 2012 Poverty Guidelines (Federal Register January 26, 2012)2012
FRLS Update on Immigration LawImmigration Update - Use of the I912 Waiver for Aliens2012
FRLS UpdateImmigration Law: Update on False Tax Preparers and IRS Ability to Investigate2012
FRLS Unit updateImmigration Law: Update on the Proposed Waiver to the Unlawful Presence Bar2012
FRLS Unit UpdateImmigration Update: Immigrants access to FL public benefits2012
FRLS Unit updateImmigration Law Update: State and Local Influence2012
FRLS Unit UpdateImmigration Law: Update on the Guest worker Program2012
FRLS Unit UpdateImmigration: The Process of Researching immigration law and cases2012
FRLS Unit UpdateImmigration: The Qualification for Naturalization process - requirement, exemptions and waivers2012
FRLS Unit UpdateImmigration Law: Update on UPL issues for immigrants2012
FRLS Unit DiscussionImmigration Law : Immigrants and FL Workers Compensation2012
FRLS Inhouse trainingImmigration: Update on working with Mexican Consulates in Rural Communities2012
FRLS Inhouse TrainingImmigration Law: Proposed Florida Immigration Legislation: Causes and Effects2012
FRLS Inhouse TrainingImmigration Law: 2012 Current Trends in Immigration Law2012
FRLS InhouseImmigration Law Update: Dealing with Mexican Consulte in Miami2012
FRLS Farmworker Unit UpdateImmigration Update: State attempts to pass immigration laws and regulations2012
FRLS 2012 Update on Immigration LawImmigration Update - The Use of Deferred Action by USCIS and DOJ2012
Florida State Law School - Alternative Spring Break ClinicAlternative Spring Break - Presentation on Working as a Migrant Farmworker Attorney2012
Farmworker Unit TrainingImmigration & Farmworkers: Update2012
Farmworker UnitImmigration Law: Renewal of TPS for Haitian Nationals2012
2012 NLADA National Farmworkers ConferenceImmigration Law: Affirmative Immigration Relief2012
2012 NLADA National Farmworker Law ConferenceEthics: Group Representation: the Tightrope of Professional Responsibility2012
Tax Clinic / Educational OutreachTax Rights for Farmworkers2011
Judicial and Legal Symposium: Federal and State Law / Public TelevisionOverview of County Courts2011
FRLS Inhouse UpdateUpdate on Immigration Law2011
FRLS Inhouse TrainingImmigration: Part Three Social Security Retirement and Social Security Survivors Benefits (including after leaving the US) for farmworkers2011
FRLS Inhouse TrainingImmigration: Part Two Security Security Disability (SSD) and Heath Insurance of Aged and Disabled (Medicare) for farmworkers2011
FRLS Inhouse TrainingImmigration: Part One Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid for farmworkers2011
EEOC Conference on Discrimination / Community OutreachDiscrimination Affecting Farm Workers & Immigrant Communities2011
National Farmworker Law ConferenceObjection to Discharge in Bankruptcy2010
National Farmworker Law ConferenceWhat Every Farmworker Lawyer Should Know about Immigration Law2010
Henry Correctional InstituteLegal Rights and Availability of Legal Services2010
In House Training; Office of the 20th Circuit Public DefenderInterplay of Criminal and Immigration Law Part 2 - Moral Terpitude and Florida criminal offences2009
FRLS Teleconference TrainingImmigration Law2009
In House Training; Office of the 20th Circuit Public DefenderInterplay of Criminal and Immigration Law Part 1 - Introduction2008
Guest Speaker to Interested International StudentsStudent Visas; Responsibilities and Effects on Future Options2003
Catholic Legalization Clinic JacksonvilleUndocumented Immigration Rights2001
Guest Speaker University classCriminal Sociology1995
High School TalksLaw Day1994
Elementary School TalksLaw Day1993