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Like most North Americans, I am the descendant of immigrants. My father’s family came to the United States from the British Isles many generations ago; my mother’s family fled poverty and persecution in Eastern Europe in the early twentieth century. I believe deeply that this country has always been enriched by the constant influx of new immigrants from around the world—whether they come to escape violence and persecution, to seek better job opportunities, to be closer to their families, or to live in the greatest city on Earth, New York.
I have always had a love for meeting people from other countries and learning about other cultures. I have lived in the Unites States, Canada, and Thailand, and have traveled to more then 40 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia for work and pleasure.
Practicing immigration law gives me the opportunity to combine my interest in different cultures with my passion for the law. I see my role as helping you not only to get a visa or a work permit, but also to understand the complex process and feel comfortable as we navigate the immigration system together.
As a gay man, my expertise and passion includes the particular challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants, including helping people seeking asylum based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Having worked for many years as a manager in international nonprofit organizations, I am also particularly well suited to represent people seeking visas or green cards based on employment with nonprofits. And I have garnered substantial experience successfully representing people seeking visas based on “extraordinary ability” in the arts, science, and business.
Before becoming an immigration lawyer, I worked as a corporate lawyer in Bangkok, Thailand, and as a fundraiser for international organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Action Against Hunger. I have an undergraduate degree (A.B.) in public policy from Brown University, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a master’s degree in international affairs (M.I.A.) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
I am an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), for which I serveas co-chair of the EOIR/Asylum Liaison Committee and the LGBT Committee, and of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. I am also on the advisory committee for the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. I am a competitive swimmer with Team New York Aquatics, and am on the board of directors of IGLA: International LGBTQ+ Aquatics.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President, Board of Directors||Team New York Aquatics||2007|
|Admitted||U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit||1993|
|Editorial Board||Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly||1992|
|Immigration Attorney||Law Office of Randall Chamberlain||2012 - Present|
|Immigration Associate||Masliah & Soloway, PC||2010 - 2012|
|Volunteer Attorney||Masliah & Soloway, PC||2008 - 2010|
|Director, Institutional Giving||EngenderHealth||2006 - 2010|
|Director of Development and Communications||Action Against Hunger - USA||2005 - 2005|
|Associate Director, Foundation Relations||Human Rights Watch||2001 - 2004|
|Special Assistant to the Director||Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership||2000 - 2001|
|Consultant||UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific||1999 - 2000|
|Associate, International Practice||Ukrit Mongkolnavin Law Office, Bangkok, Thailand||1994 - 1995|
|Attorney||Berman, Berkley & Lasky||1994 - 1994|
|Consultant||Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law||1994 - 1995|
|Judicial Extern||Chambers of Judge Fern M. Smith||1993 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Secretary, New York Chapter||2017 - Present|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||International Human Rights Committee||2015 - Present|
|Asia Catalyst||Board of Dirctors||2013 - Present|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Immigration Equality||Volunteer||2008 - Present|
|Human Rights Watch||LGBT Rights Advisory Committee||2007 - Present|
|Team New York Aquatics||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)||Co-Chair, EOIR/OPLA/Asylum Committee||2014 - 2017|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||LGBT Rights Committee||2012 - 2015|
|Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York||Board of Directors||2012 - 2014|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)||Pro Bono Committee||2010 - 2013|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)||Media and Advocacy Committee||2010 - 2011|
|Team New York Aquatics||Board of Directors||2010 - 2012|
|Team New York Aquatics||President||2007 - 2008|
|UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific||HRD for Youth Empowerment: Eight innovative approaches submitted for the 1999 ESCAP HRD Award||2000|
|Philippine Council for NGO Certification||Regulating Civil Society: The Philippine Council for NGO Certification||1998|
|Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs||Master of International Affairs||1999|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||J.D.||1993|
|Columbia Undergraduate Law Review||Trump and the Future of Refugee Law||2016|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)||Issues in Family Immigration||2016|
|10 Things Every Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Should Know About...||Immigration Law Panel||2014|
|Encuentros: Sexy, Healthy and Proud||Inmigrante - Camino a la ciudadanía||2013|
|Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs||Life after OPT: Understanding the US Immigration System||2012|
|Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs||U.S. Immigration Law Overview||2011|
|Extraordinary Ability Visas and Green Cards||Approved|
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