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Immigration Daily June 19, 2002
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We remind our readers that this issue of Immigration Daily is short on hard immigration law content since we are not yet back in our New York City offices. We expect to return to normality shortly.

Wednesday, June 19th is the deadline to sign up for the final seminar in ILW.COM's health care seminar series. The speakers will be William Stock, James Acoba and Sylvia Boecker. For a detailed seminar course outline and syllabus, click here.


Overview Of The Immigration Process

Immigration lawyers spend much time on the ever-changing rules of eligibility for visas, permanent residence, and citizenship. But at the heart of immigration practice is the process for obtaining and keeping these benefits. ILW.COM has invited Robert Divine to present a seminar series on the immigration process. Mr. Divine is the author of Immigration Practice, a well-respected, readable, 1,400 page handbook treatise on all aspects of immigration law that was just published in its 2002 (8th) edition, available at Mr. Divine is the recently re-elected Chair of the 5 state "MidSouth" chapter of the the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he is known for his no-nonsense, highly practical approach to discussing how to handle immigration problems.

This series would be a particularly good opportunity for attorneys and their paralegals efficiently to listen together as a training tool, and perhaps serve as a springboard for further in-house discussion and training about particular problems. Of course, it will be extremely helpful for relatively inexperienced immigration lawyers, and even experienced immigration lawyers will find Mr. Divine's overview of the process to be a helpful review.

For a detailed seminar course outline and syllabus, click here.

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Support For Reinstatement Of 245(i)
Fox News reports that some politicians on Capitol Hill, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), want to reinstate Section 245(i) on the grounds that it reunites families and allows workers to stay in their jobs and contribute to the American economy.

Powell Angry Over Visa Plan
CNN reports that Secretary of State Colin Powell reacted angrily to a proposal to strip his department of its power over visa applications and give it to the proposed Department of Homeland Security, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.

INS Imposing New, Costly Regulations On Universities
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a new computer tracking system that schools are required to use in order to share information about foreign students with federal watchdog agencies could place a significant financial burden on the schools, and could also cause problems for incoming students if there were data-entry errors.

Tancredo Argues For A Reduction In The H-1B Visa Cap
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) writes in FrontPage Magazine that "today's H-1B program is not necessary for American technology companies to succeed, and is actually harmful to our national interests", and proposes that the H-1B visa cap be scaled back to the pre-1998 number of 65,000 visas a year.

How to Get and Keep Corporate Clients? Use ILW's Case Tracking! Each case takes only a few minutes from start to finish! Serious practitioners find this modern technology a "must have." For more info, send e-mail to:, include your phone #.


Help Wanted - Immigration Attorneys
Entry-Level Associate and Experienced Associate sought by San Francisco Bay Area Immigration law firm (job location: Oakland, CA). We excel at deportation defense, including asylum, international human rights defenses, discretionary (equitable) relief, as well as naturalization and family-based immigration. Great deal of trial work in the courts of the Federal Immigration Judges in San Francisco, California. Some Federal court litigation to challenge constitutionality of the jailing and deportation of our clients. Some "criminal alien" defense cases and post-conviction appeals in criminal cases. Entry-Level Associate position: Must speak either Spanish or Portuguese fluently for client interviews. Will draft narrative declarations for clients about their background experiences, hardships, or persecution in native country, and research news reports and NGO reports in support of claim. Will liaison with local social service providers for services and for assistance in case documentation. Draft legal briefs applying law to facts of clients' cases. Upon admission to Bar of any state, will begin to represent clients in hearings before INS examiners and Immigration Judges. Experienced Associate position (upto 3 years experience): Spanish not required for experienced Immigration Law practitioner. Depending on areas of interest and experience, the experienced associate will handle court hearings, waiver cases, BIA appeals, and/or Federal habeas corpus and petitions for review. For both positions: Highly competitive compensation includes salary, benefits, and fee sharing. Moving expenses. Sunny, high-tech office in historic landmark building at Oakland City Center, 15 minute BART ride to INS and Courts in San Francisco. Apply with resume by MAIL to: Immigrant Defense, Law Office of Robert L. Lewis, 409 13th Street, 16th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. (Entry-level applicants, please state language skills with specificity and include sample of legal writing.) Please note: e-mail inquiries may be accepted, but attachments will NOT be opened. Email:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
This is a notice of my brother's passing. He was an ILW.COM member until he passed away last month.

Obituary: Adam G. S. Chanak
Adam G. S. Chanak, 48, of Bainbridge Island, WA died May 8, 2002 in Seattle. He was born in Duluth, MN and lived in northern Minnesota until 1973. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George (Donna) Chanak of Minnesota; sister, Helen Chanak of Eden Prairie, MN; uncle, aunts, and cousins in Minnesota; and many special friends in Washington and Oregon. Private Eastern Orthodox services and burial were held in Minnesota on May 14.

Adam was a practicing attorney in Washington state for the past nineteen years. He graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington in 1978 and from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington in 1983. He was a member of many professional associations and served as Chair of the Section on International Practice of the Washington State Bar Association from 2000-2001.

He fluently spoke five languages, enjoyed sailing, playing the viola and piano, was an avid writer, and held a lifelong interest in theology. He was an active member of Saint Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle.

An Orthodox memorial service or Panikhida will be held for Adam on Sunday, June 16, at 11:15 a.m. at St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral. Father Vadim Pogrebniak will officiate.

Memorials, if desired, may be given to Saint Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral, 400 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 to the attention of Father Vadim Pogrebniak, or to the Humane Society/SPCA in memory of Adam and his beloved dog, Konan. To make a donation to the Humane Society/SPCA, please call 425.373.5382 or mail your donation with any special instructions to 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005-4408. Messages for the family may be sent to Helen Chanak, 6530 Kingfisher Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346.

Helen Chanak

Dear Editor:

Please advise if it is possible for you to help me in any way. I am trying to locate a relative desperately. I came across your site and found out that your company held a case for a certain person whom I am trying to locate.

The case was filed on May 09 2001. It read:

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
No. 99-5844
Fernando Pinho and Maria Pinho
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

It was argued on 10 April 2000, and then filed again in January 31 2001.

John D Perez (ARGUED)
The honorable John R Gibson, United States Court of Appeal Eighth Circuit, sitting by designation.
Heather Phillips (ARUGED)

Is it in anyway possible that you could give any information of the whereabouts or previous addresses or contact number for Fernando Pinho or Maria Pinho I would be greatly appreciative. If you can help, please reply on this email, and I will forward you any further details about my identifications or any other details that you may need.

G. Jack

Editor's Note: If any of our readers can help this correspondent please send email to

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