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Carly Stadum-Liang is the Managing Attorney of Stadum-Liang Immigration in Oakland, California.

As a dedicated, passionate advocate, Carly devotes her practice to representing and defending individuals in asylum matters, removal proceedings, family-based visa petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, VAWA and U-visa petitions, and adjustment of status and naturalization applications. Carly takes the time to work closely with clients to gather the necessary evidence for their cases and to develop creative legal strategies. She is persistent and steadfast in fighting for her clients’ cases and rights and gives each client the compassion and attention they deserve.

Carly has won a number of difficult cases. She has successfully litigated, along with co-counsel, a deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture, for a Somali client whose father had been persecuted for his work with Western humanitarian organizations. She has also won asylum grants and a waiver of the one-year asylum bar for clients who suffered from mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Carly founded Stadum-Liang Immigration after working at Northern Virginia Family Service, a non-profit, where she was an immigration attorney. At NVFS, Carly successfully represented clients in asylum, U-visa, T-visa, family-based, and special immigration juvenile status cases. Prior to her work at NVFS, Carly worked as an attorney at a small immigration firm in Northern Virginia.

Carly earned her J.D. and Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. At Georgetown Law, Carly worked as a student attorney in Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she represented a Nepali asylum seeker in immigration court, helping him win asylum. While a law student, Carly interned with the Arlington Immigration Court, the U.S. Department of State, the UN Refugee Agency, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Carly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at Concordia College.

Carly is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Virginia State Bar. She speaks Spanish and conversational French. In addition to her private practice, she volunteers at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and with the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative.


Languages spoken: Spanish, French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

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    Without hesitation or reservation, I definitely endorse this lawyer. Carly is extremely knowledgeable in Immigration Law.


    Ramy Louis Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stadum is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services.


    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

Stadum-Liang Immigration

317 Washington St.
Suite 170
Oakland, CA, 94607


VAAuthorized to practice law201209/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyStadum-Liang Immigration2015 - Present
Staff AttorneyNorthern Virginia Family Service2013 - Present
AttorneyHMA Law Firm2012 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Somali CAT caseProtection under the Convention Against Torture granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgetown University Law Center, Human Rights InstituteSent 'Home' with Nothing: The Deportation of Jamaicans with Mental Disabilities2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KYR PresentationKnow Your Rights Presentation2015
Building Bridges ConferenceRefugee Resettlement2009