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Possible Candidates for Immigration Positions in New Congress and Administration
by Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine

More than three weeks into the 107th Congress, the chairs for the immigration subcommittees in both the House and the Senate remain vacant. While they have not been filled, there is ongoing speculation about who eventually will hold the positions. It seems that Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) wants to be the chair of the Senate subcommittee and he is likely to be appointed. Brownback is the only Senator who has vocally expressed a preference to hold the position.

Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) is most often mentioned as the probable chair of the House subcommittee. Others mentioned for the position are Rep. Chris Cannon (D-UT) and Elton Gallegly (R-CA).

There are a number of names being mentioned for INS Commissioner. Most prominent among them are Joseph Rees and Bill McCollum. Rees is formerly held the chief lawyer position at the INS in the previous Bush Administration. McCollum is a former Florida Congressman who unsuccessfully campaigned for the Senate in the 2000 election. McCollum will be remembered by many for his role as one of the primary architects of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996. He did, however, later admit that some of the provisions of that law were too harsh and he backed efforts to ameliorate them.

Another surprise name being circulated is Kathleen Walker. Walker is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and practices in El Paso, Texas.

About The Authors

Gregory Siskind has experience handling all aspects of immigration and nationality law and has represented numerous clients throughout the world. Mr. Siskind provides consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handles cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Department of Labor and other government agencies. Gregory Siskind is also committed to community service. He regularly provides free legal services to indigent immigration clients and speaks at community forums to offer information on immigration issues. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, Gregory Siskind went on to receive his law degree from the University of Chicago. For the past several years, he has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and he currently serves as a member of the organization's Technology Committee. He is the current committee chair for the Nashville Bar Association's International Section. Greg is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman and on the Council of the Law Practice Management Section. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He serves on the board of the British American Business Association of Tennessee. And he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and on the executive boards of the Jewish Family Service agencies in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. He recently was named one of the Top 40 executives under age 40 in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Greg regularly writes on the subject of immigration law. He has written several hundred articles on the subject and is also the author of the new book The J Visa Guidebook, published by Matthew Bender and Company, one of the nation's leading legal publishers. He is working on another book for Matthew Bender on entertainment and sports immigration.

Greg is also, in many ways, a pioneer in the use of the Internet in the legal profession. He was one of the first lawyers in the country (and the very first immigration lawyer) to set up a web site for his practice. And he was the first attorney in the world to distribute a firm newsletter via e-mail listserv. Mr. Siskind is the author of the American Bar Association's best selling book, The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. He has been interviewed and profiled in a number of leading publications and media including USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Lawyers Weekly, the ABA Journal, the National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Law Practice Management Magazine, National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the Washington Post. As one of the leading experts in the country on the use of the Internet in a legal practice, Greg speaks regularly at forums across the United States, Canada and Europe.

In his personal life, Greg is the husband of Audrey Siskind and the proud father of Eden Shoshana and Lily Jordana. He also enjoys collecting rare newspapers and running in marathons and triathlons. He can be reached by email at

Amy Ballentine is an associate in Siskind, Susser & Haas's Memphis, Tennessee office. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Rhodes College in 1994. While in law school at the University of Memphis she was a member of the law review staff as well as a published author. She also worked with the local public defenderís office in death penalty cases. In May 1999, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis Law School. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She can be reached by email at

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