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I sincerely believe that no person is illegal and that we need immigration reform to resolve a broken system.  I consider immigration law to be a calling as part of a deeply held religious belief in the concept of Tikkun Olam, which in Hebrew means repair the world.   No human has the right to tear apart families united by God  and we must work within our legislative process and judicial decisions to change our immigration laws in an orderly process.


From 2009 through 2014, I  served as an officer on the Executive Committee of  the DC/MD/VA chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (including president) and am active in several immigrant rights organizations. I was a charter member of the Maryland State Bar Immigration Law Section and have served on the Advisory Council for seven years.   I regularly speak to groups and write letters to public forums to educate the American public that immigration is not a dirty word.


I am currently a liaison between the Baltimore USCIS District office and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


I teach immigration law at Stevenson University as an Adjunct Professor, teaching the next generation of paralegals and professionals why immigration law is integral to our society.


I self financed 100% of my education through four degrees in night school while working full time during the day. I therefore have a strong appreciation and affinity for self directed clients who seek a better life for themselves and their families.  We are a team and your immigration issues are my issues.

 We are all immigrants or descended from immigrants.


Contact info

Rourke & Rosenberg, LLC

3701 Old Court Road
Suite 6
Baltimore, MD, 21208

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    21 years, 7 thousand cases



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding ServiceAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2008
Community Service AwardPikesville Seventh Day Adventist Church2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, FounderRourke & Rosenberg LLC1998 - Present
AssociateJudith N Ludwic & Associates1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Transformation Committee2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawers Association (Washington DC Chapter)Executive Committee2009 - Present
Maryland Immigrant Rights CoalitionMember2008 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law CommitteeAdvisory Counsel2007 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Sectionmember2005 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Maryland State Bar Assocmember1996 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Chair2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Chair Elect2012 - 2013
Amercan Immigration Lawyers Association Washington DC ChapterVice-Chair2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington, DC chapter)Secretary2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Treasurer2009 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Immigration Court Liaison2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Baltimore CIS District Office Clearinghouse Liaison2005 - 2007
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Liaison,Maryland Dept Labor LIcensing and Regulation2003 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Maryland Bar BulletinWho's Your Mommy and Other Naturalization Questions2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of BaltimoreLegal EthicsMA - Masters1982
University of BaltimoreJurisprudenceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Immigration Law With The ExpertsNaturalization By The Experts2012
Maryland State Bar Young Lawyers MeetingFamily immigration2011
African Restorative Justice & Other Conflict Mediation Approaches ConferenceHuman Trafficking - Crime and Violence Against Women2011
MSBA Solo Day ConferenceFamily immigration2010
MSBA Annual ConferenceThe Abused, Enslaved & WIdowed Immigrant2010
Maryland State Bar Association Solo ConferenceThe Impact of Immigration on Family Law2010
Court training for New Immigration AttorneysImmigration Litigation Techniques2010
American Immigration Lawyers Assoc Annual ConferenceDay Coordinator2010
MSBA 2009 Annual ConferenceImmigration - Chair of Section Conference Presentation2009
The Latest in Business ImmigrationTemporary Visas And PERM2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall ConferenceImmigration - Chair of Conference2008
AILA Annual Chapter ConferenceFamily Immigration2007
Our Human Rights Cable TV ShowDomestic violence and Immigration Issues2006
AILA Annual Chapter ConferenceDifficult Marriage Cases2006