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William Michael Sharma-Crawford

William Michael Sharma-Crawford

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About Me

In May 2011 we moved to our new building. In June 2011 we incorporated The Clinic. We had seen first hand the effect the lack of competent representation was having on the indigent immigrant community, so we acted. The Clinic officially opened its doors on January 2012 and has since helped over 200 non-citizen clients. The Clinic has handled some very complex legal issues defending the rights of indigent non-citizens. We hope that The Clinic becomes a vital thread in the fabric of Kansas & Missouri's immigrant community.



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Practice Areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    13 years



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Jonathan B. Amarilio

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Amarilio Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Patrick Michael Lewis

    Immigration is one of the most complex and quickly changing areas of the law. Michael is always on top of the latest developements and the person I go to when I have questions. I can recomend clients with immigration issues contact Michael and be certain that they are in the best of hands.


    Patrick Lewis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

515 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
Kansas City, MO, 64108


MOGood Standing, Active200501/08/2013
KSAuthorized to practice law200208/09/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
25 Under 25 Small Business 2013Thinking Bigger Business Media2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
co-founderThe Clinic2012 - Present
PartnerSharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law LLC2003 - Present
Sheriff's OfficerSedgwick County Sheriff's Office1985 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Kansas Legal ServicesBoard of Directors Member2015 - 2016
KC Metropolitan Bar FoundationMember at Large2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationAssociate Commission Member2012 - 2013
Missouri State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember2005 - 2007
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Sheik Elzour v Ashcroft 378 F.3d 1143 (C.A. 10 2004)case remanded
Cecaj v Gonzales 440 F.3d 897 (C.A.7 2006)Remanded
Chen v Gonzalez 489 F.3d 861 (C.A. 7 2007)Remanded
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Publication NameTitleDate
AILA Practice AdvisoryContributing Author: Categorical Approach What Every Practitioner Needs to Know2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Contributing Author: Mastering the Mechanics of a Removal Hearing – The Practical Trial Plan2015
AILA Practice AdvisoryContributing Author: Naturalization Series, Part II Criminal Pitfalls2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Discovery in Immigration Court Practice Advisory2013
Lorman Education Services publicationABC's Immigration Law2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Post filing and Discovery Practice Advisory2012
Kansas Annual Survey of Law HandbookImmigration Law Update2011
Lorman Education Services publicationImmigration and Customs Enforcement Detainers2011
The Missouri Sheriff MagazineDetainers2011
Kansas Annual Survey of Law HandbookImmigration Law Update2008
Journal of the Kansas Bar AssociationDisaster on the Horizon, It's Post Conviction Time, Do you know where your alien client is?2004
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Friends UniversityCriminal JusticeN/A1996
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Lunch with ExperienceCareer Building2015
Legal Migration: Social Forum ShoppingHuman Migration2015
Categorical Approach What Every Practitioner Needs to KnowCategorical Approach2015
AILA Litigation SectionMellouli v Lynch2015
AILA 2015 National ConferenceMastering the Mechanics of a Removal Hearing – The Practical Trial Plan2015
Washburn LawEffects of Immigration on Children2014
Naturalization Series, Part II—Criminal PitfallsNaturalization Pitfalls2014
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm ConferenceCriminal Defense of Non US Citizens: How Not to Commit Malpractice in Plea Negotiaitons2014
KBA WebinarDivisible or Indivisible, That is the question. Moncrieffe and Descamps, A How to Guide2014
Kansas Bar AssociationDear Percival: The Immigration Consequences Issue2014
First Friday CLEIf Van Gogh Needed a Visa2014
Consulate of Mexico Information SessionsConsulate of Mexico Information Sessions2014
2014 Immigration ConferenceKnow Your Rights2014
Wyndotte County Bar AssociationImmigration Consequences2013
WebinarChaidez; Padilla2013
Kansas Bar Association WebinarWhere does Chaidez leave Padilla and Current Insomnia Causing Immigration Issues for the Criminal Law Practioner2013
Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationThe 12 Safe Plea Tips of Christmas My Immigration Colleague Gave To Me2013
Consulate of Mexico Information SessionsConsulate of Mexico Information Sessions2013
Congressman Graves' Future Leaders AcademyImmigration Debate with FAIR2013
AILA National ConferenceDiscovery in Immigration Court2013
2013 KS Journal of Law and Public Policy SymposiumPanel Discussion: Perspectives on Meaningful Immigration Reform2013
2013 Criminal Law SymposiumHow a Criminal Conviction may Affect the Rest of Your Life2013
Vegas ConferenceFederal Discovery2012
Tenth Circuit Historical SocietyThe Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas and Immigration Law2012
Police Liability in KansasABCs of Immigration Law2012
KBA Video CLEEthically Speaking2012
Kansas Bar Association Annual MeetingImmigration and criminal pleas2012
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fall CLEImmigration Issues2012
Federal Court Immigration Litigation CLE PracticumPost filing and Discovery2012
Consulate of Mexico Information SessionsConsulate of Mexico Information Sessions2012
Lorman Live ConferencesImmigration and Customs Enforcement Detainers2011
KCDAA Fall ConferenceVictims and Witnesses2011
Immigration Webinar SeriesImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2011
Consulate of Mexico Information SessionsCommunity Outreach on Immigration2011
Congressman Graves' Future Leaders AcademyImmigration Debate with FAIR2010
Kansas Law Enforcement Training CenterImmigration Law for Law Enforcement2009
AIC Litigation InstituteAIC Litigation Institute Faculty2009