FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/15/2010

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Boston Bar Association Launches Immigration Law Section

Responding to the needs of attorneys in what has become a burgeoning and evolving practice area, the Boston Bar Association today announced the launch of an Immigration Law Section, set to begin on September 1, 2010. The Section will be free for BBA members for its inaugural year and will be Co-Chaired by Anita Sharma, an attorney working at Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation (PAIR) project here in Boston, and an alum of the BBA's Public Interest Leadership Program and Ellen Kief, a solo practitioner focusing on immigration and family law and past Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Committee.

"Immigration practitioners in Boston see a variety of clients - including vulnerable asylum seekers who have escaped great trauma and who have little resources, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who seek status for close family members, foreign national students who pursue studies in the Boston area and U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace," said Sharma.

Among the specific immigration issues covered by this new section will be business immigration, family immigration, services to asylum seekers and refugees, removal defense, and immigration pro bono. The section will provide immigration lawyers with opportunities to meet with local and national experts as well as one on one mentoring.

"Immigration issues have been at the forefront of our nation in recent years, with passionate stances being taken on both sides of immigration reform and practice," said Kief. "We are looking forward to a dynamic year."

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 11,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.