Most experienced in complex immigration cases. U.S. Immigration Judge, retired. Board Certified.
I have dedicated my career to zealously fight for justice and to fearlessly protect immigrant's rights for 41 years. I am not a young lawyer but an attorney that has lived and experienced changes in Immigration laws throughout 41 years.
I was in private practice in El Paso, Texas for 15 years. As an attorney in private practice , I was well known for my common sense yet aggressive approach in representing clients from different countries. I was appointed the nation's first Mexican-American female U.S. Immigration Judge on April 2, 1995. I retired as a U.S. Immigration Judge on April 2, 2015. As an Immigration Judge, I was well known for my dedication and determination to be fair and just, as well as a trailblazer in applying the law to novel issues. I issued noteworthy decisions including the granting of asylum to female victims of femicide in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; those fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico; and female victims of domestic violence. Other noteworthy decisions include the granting of applications for cancellation of removal and other waivers available under immigration law. I authored thousands of decisions in removal and deportation proceedings. I mentored many new Immigration Judges and DOJ/EOIR attorneys. I authoried the Aggravated Felony Outline since 2000 available in the DOJ/Virtual Law Library and on the internet.
I have been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 15 years.
After my retirement as a United States Immigration Judge, I decided to utilize all my skills, knowledge, and experience in defending those in need of immigration representation. In December of 2015, after a brief period in Houston, Texas, I returned to San Antonio, Texas and set up my own law office. I am elated to be back where I started in the private practice of law. Since my retirement in April, 2015, I have been fearless in my representation of immigrants in removal proceedings. Since I was an Immigration Judge, I am fully familiar with how Immigration Judges need to follow the law and will not stand by while your rights are violated by new immigration judges that apply the law strictly. I will protect your rights.
Since I have been in private practice, I have been successful in my defense of legal permanent residents in removal proceedings. I have obtained termination of removal proceedings in several cases as I have put the government (DHS) to the task of having to prove their case and they have been unable to do so. I am hired often to enter my appearance after other younger and less experienced lawyers fail in their representation. If you have been denied, I may be able to investigate your case and save you from deportation. have developed a special skill in representing asylum seekers from all countries in the world including MEXICO, CUBA, BRAZIL, AFGHANISTAN, EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, GUATEMALA, SYRIA, PAKISTAN, INDIA, etc., Recently, I've been successful in the representation of gays, transgender and HIV positive individuals in removal proceedings.
I am also very knowledgeable in applications for individuals to become legal permanent residents through family members petitioning for them. If you have a dicrect amily member in the military, you may be eligible for a special permit called the "Parole In Place".
I am please to be of service to my community and to search for ways to save you from deportation.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1980||11/24/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Woman of Distinction Award Recipient for 2017||The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)||2017|
|Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2015|
|Attorney||ZUNIGA LAW, PLLC||2015 - Present|
|United States Immigration Judge||U.S. Department Of Justice||1995 - 2015|
|Attorney||Law Office of Bertha A. Zuniga||1980 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit||Member||2015 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|National Immigrant Rights Project||Member||2015 - Present|
|Texas Board of Legal Specialization||Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Law||2010 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Associatoin||Member||2015 - 2015|
|Aggrqavated Felony Outline||Aggravated Felony Outline||2000|
|Indiana University School of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||1979|
|University of Texas at El Paso||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law Section Spring Conference||Representing Your Client In Immigration Court||2017|
|10th Annual Women's Conference||Women Empowerment||2017|
|2016 Annual AILA Conference||Present Impact of Family Immigration History||2016|
|Houston Immigration Practitioners Meeting||Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude||2015|
|University of Texas School of Law||Practicing in Immigration Court||2012|
|Political Asylum Project of Austin||How to Present and Asylum Case||2010|
|University of Texas School of Law Annual Immigration Conference||Aggravated Felonies||2008|
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