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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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  1. Immigration: 100%
    31 years


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  • Eli Mayer Kantor

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    Eli Kantor Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Michele A. Franchett

    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.


    Michele Franchett Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

800 Wilshire Blvd Ste 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90017


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Staff AttorneyImmigrant Legal Resource Center1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility and Ethics CommitteeCommittee member2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association UPL/Consumer Protection CommitteeCommittee Member2009 - Present
Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Unauthorized Practice of Law LiaisonLiaison2009 - Present
Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of CaliforniaBoard member2007 - 2010
Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of CaliforniaCommissioner2002 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily Journal,“Reforming our immigration courts,”2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of WisconsinN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Conference“How to Demonstrate Harm in Asylum Cases,”2010
Phone seminarAsylum; Preparing the Application2007