Helen A. Sklar
Helen A. Sklar is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Ms. Sklar has nearly 25 years of experience practicing immigration and nationality law.
Ms. Sklar has represented hundreds of applicants for relief in immigration court where she specializes in the presentation of asylum, withholding, waiver and suspension/cancellation cases. She is also a highly experienced appellate immigration lawyer, and has prepared numerous motions to reopen. Over the years she has prepared family and employment based applications, fiancé and religious worker petitions and naturalization applications.
Ms. Sklar was counsel in Jiang v. Holder (2010) and Castillo-Perez v. INS (2000), an important case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning an immigrant’s right to effective assistance of counsel.
Ms. Sklar’s varied experience has included work with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the National Center for Immigrants’ Rights, Inc., the Immigration Clinic at Stanford Law School, and the Dane County Advocates for Battered Women, which she co-founded in Madison, Wisconson. Ms. Sklar presently serves as a member of the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.
Ms. Sklar has co-authored practice manuals and articles in legal publications, and has presented remarks before national and local associations. Ms. Sklar has a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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Helen Sklar is a highly experienced attorney, with in-depth knowledge in removal defense, as well as many other areas of law. She is a certified specialist, and is dedicated to maintaining the highest of ethical and professional standards.
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|Staff Attorney||Immigrant Legal Resource Center||1983 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee||Committee member||2009 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association UPL/Consumer Protection Committee||Committee Member||2009 - Present|
|Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Unauthorized Practice of Law Liaison||Liaison||2009 - Present|
|Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California||Board member||2007 - 2010|
|Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California||Commissioner||2002 - 2007|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal,||“Reforming our immigration courts,”||2010|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of Wisconsin||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|