Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California 1993 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 1989 (English/French)
Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys: Partner 1998-present Pepperdine University School of Law: Adjunct Professor (Immigration Law) 2005 - present Pepperdine University School of Law: Asylum Law Clinic, Founder and Supervising Attorney 2008 - 2012
WLALA - Board Member and Co-Chair for the Domestic Violence Project 2004-2009 American Immigration Lawyers Association - 1998 - present (member and speaker at CLE events) LA County Bar Association (Immigration Section) - 1998 - present (member and speaker at CLE events) Human Options (Immigration Clinic) 2015 - present Bresee Foundation, Advisory Council 2015 - present National “Super Mentor” Committee for the National Center for Immigrant and Refugee Children, 2005-2006 UCLA School of Law’s El Centro Asylum Law Clinic, Supervising Attorney, 2004-2007
Moot Court Judge, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1997-2003: judging mock trials and appellate arguments.
Speaker on community education at events sponsored/organized by schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, business organizations and more.
Published Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decisions:
Khodagholian v. Ashcroft, 355 F.3d 1003 (9th Cir. 2003)(successfully defended green card from charges of abandonment); Andia v. Ashcroft, 359 F.3d 1181 (9th Cir. 2004)(successfully challenged the requirements for motions to reopen in removal proceedings); Garcia-Gomez v. Ashcroft, 498 F.3d 1050 (9th Cir. 2007)(successfully advanced clients’ meritorious excuse for late-filed appeal brief); Cordoba v. Holder, 726 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2013)(successfully established status of "land owner" as a qualifying social group for purposes of asylum law protections) Vargas-Garcia v. Ashcroft, 287 F.3d 882 (9th Cir. 2002)(successfully challenged rules for filing appellate briefs); Falcon-Carriche v. Ashcroft, 350 F.3d 845 (9th Cir. 2003)(challenging BIA’s new and restrictive streamlining regulations)