This webinar will focus on establishing a social group and proving nexus in asylum claims. We will highlight hot topics in social group analysis, including recent decisions by the Attorney General and Board of Immigration Appeals. We will also focus on best practices for preparing and presenting claims in the Immigration Court and Asylum Office. This webinar presumes basic knowledge of asylum law, including understanding the key elements of an asylum claim.
Sharon manages initiatives to maximize the collective and collaborative work of the ILRC’s attorneys. Sharon also contributes to the ILRC’s legal technical assistance resources, including writing and updating practice advisories and manuals. Prior to this position, Sharon was the special projects director for the New Americans Campaign, Ready Bay Area, and the Oakland Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Collaborative, where she managed several of the ILRC’s regranting programs.
Before joining the ILRC, Sharon was a litigation associate at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. Sharon clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She previously worked for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
Sharon earned her law degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, with a specialization in critical race studies and concentration in the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. While in law school, she worked with Legal Services of Northern California, Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and ACLU of Northern California. She also served as editor-in-chief of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal and co-chair of the El Centro Legal Reentry Legal Clinic. Sharon received her undergraduate degrees in fine art, international development studies, and history cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles, where she was a regents scholar. She is conversant in Cantonese and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Em joined the ILRC in January 2018 as a San Joaquin Valley Law Fellow. They bring more than a decade of experience working with immigrant communities throughout the country, including Iowa, Chicago, Phoenix, New York City, and areas throughout California. As a law student at UC Berkeley, Em participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and interned at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Dolores Street Community Services, and East Bay Community Law Center.
After obtaining a J.D. in 2014, Em was placed at Legal Services NYC as part of the inaugural class of Immigrant Justice Corps fellows in New York City. During this fellowship, Em provided direct representation to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of family violence, long-time permanent residents, and women and children recently arrived from Central America. Em also assisted detained women and children through the credible fear interview process at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Karnes, Texas.
Prior to joining ILRC, Em worked as an Attorney Advisor through the U.S. DOJ Attorney General Honors Program. In this position, they advised immigration judges in the San Francisco Immigration Court on issues related to grounds of removability, relief from removal, suppression of evidence, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and post-conviction relief. Em graduated with an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego and is fluent in Spanish.
Erin Quinn is an attorney based in San Francisco. Her work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. She conducts trainings on immigration law throughout the United States and provides legal expertise through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program. Erin has contributed to numerous ILRC publications as author or editor, including Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court; Essentials of Asylum and many others. In addition, Erin works on issues related to immigration status and healthcare as well as consumer protection. She has published articles with LexisNexis Emerging Issues and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Prior to coming to the ILRC, Erin represented immigrants in all aspects of their immigration matters, with an emphasis on removal defense and complex cases. She was owner and attorney at her own firm for 5 years after defending 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 teaching courses as a lecturer at California State University, East Bay. Erin is on the Advisory Council for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in which she serves as Consumer Protection Coordinator.
Erin holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan, where she was co-editor of Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in English and Anthropology. She is a member of the California Bar and proficient in Spanish.