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A Message
From the Chair

Beatriz Hernandez

Hello Immigration & Nationality Law Section Members!

I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as incoming Chair.  I follow a strong legacy of leaders for our Section, including our most recent Chair Matthew Myers.  Matt, thank you for your excellent service and dedication to our Section.  Your term brought many wonderful initiatives, including new ways to connect with our membership that were highly needed in the midst of the pandemic.  It is my hope to continue with those same initiatives to provide valuable resources for our members in private practice, academia, and government, to help navigate the ever-changing U.S. immigration climate.  The goal is to be a primary tool box in your Immigration practice.

This year we will continue collaborating with other Sections, local bar associations and organizations to produce immigration CLEs.  Our plans include to continue providing our monthly fourth Tuesday lunch CLEs on cutting-edge Immigration topics.  Also, we plan on consistently updating our Section website so that it becomes an overflowing fountain of information complete with a CLE bank and pro bono resources. We plan to continue to provide our Section’s Immigration Bulletin to provide our membership with the latest trends in local field offices, immigration courts, ports of entry, and consular posts. Additionally, our committee initiated a writing workshop/CLE collaboration with the Austin Bar Association that we hope to continue in the future. 

I thank you for your membership as it is a critical part of our success.  As always, we welcome feedback from members about ways that our Council can benefit our membership community.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or any Section Council member directly.  With your help, we look forward to another exciting year. Thank you for your membership!

Sincerely,

 

Beatriz Hernandez

Chair, Immigration & Nationality Law Section 

State Bar of Texas

Leadership

Beatriz Hernandez

Chair

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Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers practices employment and investor immigration law assisting with cases across Texas and the United States. After handling a high volume of complex immigration matters for the better part of a decade with one of the largest international immigration law firms, Matthew recently started his own inbound U.S. and outbound Global immigration law practice as a Partner with MW Law. He currently serves as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, and he is an active member of the Austin Bar Association on the Lawyer Well-Being Committee and the San Antonio Bar Association as Vice Chair of the International Law Section. Matthew earned his B.A. from Austin College and his J.D. from Baylor Law School.

Matthew Myers

Immediate Past Chair

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

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Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers practices employment and investor immigration law assisting with cases across Texas and the United States. After handling a high volume of complex immigration matters for the better part of a decade with one of the largest international immigration law firms, Matthew recently started his own inbound U.S. and outbound Global immigration law practice as a Partner with MW Law. He currently serves as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, and he is an active member of the Austin Bar Association on the Lawyer Well-Being Committee and the San Antonio Bar Association as Vice Chair of the International Law Section. Matthew earned his B.A. from Austin College and his J.D. from Baylor Law School.

Neena Wiora

(Term ends Summer 2022)

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

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Neena Wiora

Neena Wiora practices employment based immigration law in Dallas, Texas with Gupta and Wiora, P.C. She received her B.B.A. and JD degrees from SMU in 1986 and 1990 respectively. She was a Trial Attorney will the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Tax Division from 1990 – 1995, prior to beginning her practice in employment based immigration.

In addition to her legal practive, Neena serves on the BOD of the non-profit organization, Junior Players Guild and is active in Attorneys Serving the Community.

Melody Poole

(Term ends Summer 2022)

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

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Melody Poole

Melody Poole practices immigration law in League City, Texas. Prior to opening her law office, Melody worked as a staff attorney for Lone Star Legal Aid. Melody currently serves as a director on the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and is appointed as an attorney member to the Grievance Oversight Committee of the Texas Supreme Court. She previously served six years on a District Grievance Panel, two as Chair, and as President of the Galveston County Bar Association, and President of the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Claudia Hernandez

(Term ends Summer 2022)

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

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Claudia Hernandez

Claudia Hernandez is an attorney at De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP where she practices immigration and civil law in San Antonio, Texas. Her primary focus is in deportation defense. She has successfully litigated numerous deportation cases in federal administrative courts and helped reunite families. Additionally, Claudia has aided immigrant families in adoption proceedings in Texas civil courts and aided victims of violence. Claudia is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School. While she attended school, Claudia worked with various groups, including the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Southwestern Voter Registration Education Project and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a part of the leadership committee for the GED Endowment and Scholarship Program which seeks scholarships to cover GED courses and exams for low income students. She was the former co-chair of the San Antonio Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Section and is an alumna of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy, and the Latina Leadership Institute.

Amy Thomas

(Term ends Summer 2022)

Sang Shin

(Term ends Summer 2024)

Roy Petty

Chair-Elect

Brandon Roché

Nominated for “World’s Best Dad” by 2.5yo daughter.
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Brandon Roché

Brandon Roché practices immigration law in Houston, TX. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2002 and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2008; he also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 2003-2005.

Whitney Drake

(Term ends Summer 2023)

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Whitney Drake

Whitney is a Senior Staff Attorney at American Gateways where she represents low-income clients in a variety of matters, including asylum, family petitions, naturalization, and humanitarian visas. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas School of Law. Before joining American Gateways, Whitney served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Priscilla R. Owen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a legal fellow at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis.

Teresa Coles-Davila

Treasurer

Board Certified Immigration & Nationality Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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Teresa Coles-Davila

Teresa Coles-Davila is the managing attorney for the Law Offices of Teresa Coles-Davila & Associates, P.C. since 2003 focusing her practice solely on immigration law. She was a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law from 2000-2002 and an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1999. She received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX). She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998 and became board certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2006. Ms. Coles-Davila has served as the AILA / EOIR Liaison from 2007-2015, and also previously chaired the San Antonio Bar Association Immigration & Nationality Law Section from 2008-2015. Ms. Coles-Davila has served as a Family Based section Vice President for the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, Vice President for the Detention and Removal section, and currently serves as Secretary for the Immigration and Nationality Law Section.

Christine Cha-Sartori

(Term ends Summer 2023)

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Christine Cha-Sartori

Christine Cha-Sartori is a Senior Attorney at Foster LLP’s Houston, TX office. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Christine served as a law clerk at the University of Houston Office of the General Counsel and as Association of Women in Law (AWIL) Scholarship Director assisting in establishing the AWIL Ann Dinsmore Forman Scholarship to honor advocates of women’s issues in areas such as gender equality, domestic abuse, and women’s health. Her practice now primarily focuses on corporate immigration serving a wide clientele of small and mid-sized companies as well as large multinational corporations.

Lisa Sotelo

Ral Obioha

(Term ends Summer 2022)

Eligible for a 2nd term as completing a 1 year term from previous council

Susana Castillo-Littlejohn

(Term ends Summer 2024)