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I am the daughter of immigrants and the first member of my family to graduate from high school.
I was selected by Attorney General Janet Reno to become an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. I have decades of experience in immigration and nationality law. The breadth of my experience is extensive, from employment-based cases for multinational corporations to immigrant petitions for individuals.

I am proud to be among the 5% of women lawyers included in the Inaugural edition of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™. Fewer than five percent of women lawyers received the AV® Preeminent™rating, which utilizes a rigorous peer rating system, and is given only to those lawyers who demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. I was awarded this rating after eleven years of practicing law and I have maintained this rating since then.

A long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), I have served in several leadership capacities, and as an elected Chair of the Greater Chicago Chapter. In addition, I was selected to serve as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Section of the Chicago Bar Association. Solicited for my knowledge in all aspects of immigration law, I have appeared on such local television shows as Chicago Tonight and the Law Channel, and have been interviewed by National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. I am a frequent speaker at various venues.

After my graduation from Vassar College, which was funded by federal government grants and a scholarship, I worked with Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. who encouraged me to become a lawyer. I received my law degree from Case Western University School of Law. I worked under the tutelage of Austin T. Fragomen of Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen, which set the stage for my career in immigration law.

I became avidly interested in childhood education and was certified as a Pre-Primary Directress by the American Montessori Society. I am the very proud mother of a teenage daughter. Together we are the owners of two adopted horses, two adopted dogs and an adopted cat.


Languages spoken: French, German, Spanish, Polish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    30 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Scott Immigration Law Group

2011 North Racine
Chicago, IL, 60614


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who Legal: Corporate ImmigrationWho's Who Legal:Corporate Immigration2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerScott Immigration Law Firm1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
NAFSA: Association of International EducatorsNAFSA Trainer2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChicago Chapter1987 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration SectionChairN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Board of GovernorsN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair, Greater Chicago ChapterN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationsGlobal Migration Section2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Ethics Committee2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
O-1 for Engineer with B.S. degreeApproved
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA Immigration Practice NewsConfidentiality and Confidence: Simple Solutions to Minimizing Risks2012
How to Select an Immigration Lawyer.How to Select an Immigration Lawyer - Questions to Ask1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Vassar CollegePsychologyA.B.1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of IllinoisLife After F-12016
International ServicesLife After F-12016
International ServicesLife After F-12016
Illinois Institute of TechnologyLife After F-12016
IITH-1B for Employers2016
Professional EthicsEthics2009
MidyearBusiness Immigration1997
AILA MidyearBusiness Immigration1996