The Death of DOMA and Implications for Immigration Practitioners

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This webinar will address the latest Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The discussion will include a brief look at what the Supreme Court decision did and didn’t do, followed by an overview of implications for the immigration practitioner. How will this affect your client? We’ll look at the myriad of ways this will affect possible relief, from family and employment petitions to relief which requires hardship to qualifying relatives.  Kelly McCown and Chelsea HaleyNelson will discuss practical tips and the latest for immigration practitioners.


Kelly McCown is a certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Since 2004, Ms. McCown has been honored each year as a "Northern California Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine and was recognized in 2007  and 2010 as one of the "Top 50 Female Super Lawyers" in Northern California across all legal specialties. Ms. McCown is a former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)'s Northern California chapter, and is on the board of directors of Bank of San Francisco and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  She is a Trustee of the American Immigration Council, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and a past Co-Chair and board member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). 

Chelsea HaleyNelson is presently of counsel for the immigration program of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a mentor attorney for the pro bono asylum program of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and she is co-counsel with various pro bono firms representing victims of worksite enforcement raids. She is also the past co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco-Bay Area Chapter’ Immigration Committee, past Co-Chair of BALIF, the LGBT Bar Association, and the EOIR Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Northern California Chapter. Chelsea has published a number of articles and has presented on international human rights of women and LGBT individuals, asylum, criminal and family-based petitions.


Erin Quinn, Staff Attorney with ILRC, brings over 8 years of experience as an immigration defense attorney and holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan. Prior to opening her own practice in 2007, Ms. Quinn represented immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and guest lecturer at CSU Eastbay.