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Margaret D. Stock

About Me

I focus my practice on immigration and citizenship law and have handled every type of immigration case, from family immigration matters to business and investor cases and citizenship applications. I am a nationally known expert on immigration and national security laws, and have testified regularly before Congressional committees on immigration, homeland security, and military matters. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, I have extensive experience with U.S. military issues. I have also worked as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and have served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska. I was a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration from 2008-2012. I regularly author articles on military-related immigration issues, and am well-versed on “parole in place” for military family members and the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (“MAVNI”) Program. I authored the book Immigration Law & the Military, which was published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2012. On September 25, 2013, I was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, French

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Practice Areas


  1. Military Law: 24%
  2. Constitutional: 24%
  3. Immigration: 24%
  4. Business: 23%
  5. Asylum: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Matthew L. Kolken

    Margaret Stock is simply one of the greatest minds in all of immigration law.


    Matthew Kolken Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Cascadia Cross Border Law Group LLC

4141 B Street
Suite 205
Anchorage, AK, 99503-5940



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Human Rights AwardAlaska Bar Association International Law Section2014
Top Ten Corporate Immigration LawyersWho's Who Legal2014
Super LawyerAlaska Super Lawyers2013
MacArthur FellowshipJohn D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation2013
Immigration Law Professor of the YearImmProf2013
U.S.A. MilitaryThe Legion of Merit2010
Super Lawyer: Law and Politics, ImmigrationSuper Lawyer2009
U.S.A. MilitaryJoint Service Commendation Medal2009
2008 Michael Maggio Pro Bono AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2008
Super Lawyer: Law and Politics, ImmigrationSuper Lawyer2007
Advocacy AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/OwnerCascadia Cross Border Law Group LLC2013 - Present
Counsel to the FirmLane Powell PC2011 - 2013
Adjunct InstructorDepartment of Political Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage2010 - 2012
Visiting FellowBorder Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University2009 - 2009
Associate Professor (Reservist)United States Military Academy at West Point2006 - 2010
Associate ProfessorUnited States Military Academy at West Point, Department of Law2004 - 2006
Assistant ProfessorUnited States Military Academy at West Point, Department of Law2001 - 2004
PartnerStock & Moeller, LLC1998 - 2001
AssociateAtkinson, Conway & Gagnon1992 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember, Commission on Immigration2008 - 2012
Council on Foreign Relations Immigration Policy Task ForceMember2008 - 2008
Harvard Club of AlaskaPresident2008 - 2012
Benders Immigration BulletinEditorial Board2007 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow & Alaska State Chair2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationCo-chair, Immigration Litigation Committee2005 - 2008
American Bar AssociationCo-chair and Vice Chair, Immigration & Naturalization Committee2004 - 2008
Alaska Bar AssociationMember, Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct Committee1998 - 1999
Federalist Society for Law & Public PolicyMember1992 - Present
Republican National Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationCo-chair, Joint Subcommittee on International Refugee LawN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Alaska, Dep’t of Revenue v. Martha AndradeN/A
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Publication NameTitleDate
Immigration Briefings 14-03Recent Developments in Military Enlistment & Naturalization Law2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Immigration Law and the Military2012
Immigration Briefings 12-07A Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Military Family Members2012
Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 17Practical Problems with Attempts to Change the Fourteenth Amendment Through An Interstate BIrth Certificate Compact2012
Cato Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1Is Birthright Citizenship Good for America?2012
National Foundation for American PolicyThe Cost to Americans and America of Ending Birthright Citizenship2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Sub-Regulatory Guidance in Immigration Matters: How to Use It Wisely2012
Immigration Briefings No. 11-03Recent Developments in Military Enlistment & Naturalization Law2011
Regent University Law Review Vol. 23, No. 2S.B. 1070: The Unconstitutional and Inefficient Law That May Just Fix Immigration2011
Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice GroupsArizona's Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law: "Force Multiplier," or "Ball and Chain"?2010
Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 15Citizenship and Computers2010
Special Report, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration CouncilEssential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military, Eight Years After 9/112009
Made in America: Myths & Facts About Birthright Citizenship, Immigration Policy Center PerspectivesPolicy Arguments in Favor of Retaining America's Birthright Citizenship Law2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Professionals: A Matter of Degree (5th ed.)2009
Immigration & Nationality Law HandbookAdvanced Issues in Naturalization: Practical Problems & Solutions2008
The Homeland Security Review, Vol. 1, No. 3National Security & Immigration Policy: Reclaiming Terms, Measuring Success & Setting Priorities2007
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U.S. Army War CollegeStrategic StudiesMasters of Strategic Studies2006
Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentPublic AdministrationM.P.A.2001
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJ.D., with honors1992
Harvard-Radcliffe CollegeGovernmentA.B. with honors1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Texas Bar Association Advanced Immigration Law CourseTop Ten Best Practices2014
Symposium on US Refugee Protection SystemTerritorial Access to Asylum2014
Princeton ConferencePatriots or Invaders? Immigrants in the Military in Modern America2014
PodcastImmigration--The Limits of Executive Authority2014
Federal Court Immigration PracticumFOIA Litigation2014
Annual Immigration SeminarCutting Edge Asylum: TRIG, Terrorism Related Grounds of Inadmissibility2014
Annual ConventionMyths, Traps, and Absurdities in Our Immigration Laws2014
Make It MondayThe Business Case for Immigration Reform2013
Global Citizenship Conference, Rome, ItalyExclusive Citizenship Doctrines2013
Florida State University School of LawImmigration & National Security2013
FBA Annual Immigration SeminarWorksite Enforcement: Employer Verification Obligations2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual ConferenceSubregulatory Guidance: How to Use It Wisely2012
WebinarTrue Claims to U.S. Citizenship2011
Symposium on Immigration & Homeland Security LawThe Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment and Birthright Citizenship: Modern Challenges to a Longstanding Rule2011
Immigration Issues for Human Resources ProfessionalsEmployment Visas2011
USCIS District 23 Military SummitMilitary Accessions Vital to the National Interest2010
Hamilton CollegeImmigration, Citizenship, & Security: The Current Debate2010
Guantanamo and The Response: A Film Screening and Panel DiscussionThe U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the Guantanamo Detainees2010
Federalist Society 2010 National Lawyers ConventionImmigration, the Arizona Statute, and E Pluribus Unum2010
Constitution Day Polaris LectureThe Constitution & Citizenship: Modern Day Challenges to the Founders’ Ideals2010
Cato Institute Capitol Hill BriefingBirthright Citizenship & the Battle Over Illegal Immigration2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceAdvanced Issues in Citizenship & Naturalization2010
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationThe American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program2010
American Bar Association Section of International Law 2010 Fall MeetingNational Security, Immigration, & the Rule of Law2010
2010 Joint Services Immigration & Naturalization SymposiumMilitary-Related Immigration Issues2010
Migration Policy InstitutePolicies & Attitudes Towards Immigrant Civic & Political Participation, & Dual Citizenship in the European Union & North America2009
Fundamentals of Employment Law in Alaska ConferenceImmigration Issues in the Workplace2009
Border Policy Research InstituteImmigration Reform: What’s at Stake for the Northern Border2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration LawNon-Citizens and the U.S. Military2009
33rd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality LawAdvanced Issues in Naturalization & Citizenship2009
2009 NAFSA Region VIII ConferenceFrom F-1 or J-1 Directly to U.S. Citizenship: The U.S. Army’s MAVNI Pilot Program2009
17th National Security Law Institute, Center for National Security LawNational Security Aspects of Immigration Law2009