About Us

A Message
From the Chair

Roy Petty

Hello Immigration & Nationality Law Section Members!

Throughout the 2022-2023 year we will bring you information on the intersection of immigration law and other Texas practice areas plus cutting-edge immigration issues that affect your clients. Have you wondered how a Texas common law marriage affects your client’s I-130 petition or whether a felony DWI will impede your client’s ability to obtain an immigrant visa or adjustment of status? Our speakers and authors have the answers for you.

We provide tools to better run your Texas law practice. We also help meet your annual MCLE and ethics requirements. If you are interested in board certification, we can help you along that path.

Join us for our monthly fourth-Tuesday-lunch-webinar on cutting-edge immigration topics. Due to the overwhelming success of last years’ immigration writing workshop, we are expanding this year’s writing workshop to allow for more participants. Legal writing experts will grade your assignments and give you feedback to become a better writer.

Give some thought to serving your fellow SBOT members by joining one of our committees. I hope to see you soon at one of our events.

Lastly, if you need to contact me, send me an email, or contact me at my office: https://www.roypetty.com/contact-our-office/

Roy Petty

Chair, Immigration & Nationality Law Section

State Bar of Texas


Roy Petty


Matthew Myers

Term ends Summer 2025

Texas Bar College; Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Immigration Law; Top Attorney in Immigration Law by Austin Monthly.

Melody Poole

(Term ends Summer 2025)

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation. Texas Bar College. Galveston County Young Lawyer of the Year.

Claudia Hernandez

(Term ends Summer 2025)

San Antonio Mexican American Bar Association from 2016 – Present, 2021 President-Elect; San Antonio Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Section from 2015 – Present, Co-chair in 2015; alumna of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy; alumna of the Latina Leadership Institute

Amy Thomas


Justine Daly


Ross Miller

(Term ends Summer 2025)

Sang Shin

(Term ends Summer 2024)

Beatriz Hernandez

Immediate Past Chair

Whitney Drake

(Term ends Summer 2023)

Teresa Coles-Davila

Chair Elect

Board Certified Immigration & Nationality Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Ral Obioha

(Term ends Summer 2025)

Susana Castillo-Littlejohn

(Term ends Summer 2024)

Roberto Blum

(Term ends Summer 2025)