Immigration Law Section Presents
I-9 and Immigration Issues Affecting Employers
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that employers verify the identity and legal authorization to work in the United States of their newly hired employers through the use of Form I-9. Richard Yemm will discuss the challenges employers face in the context of the ever-changing landscape of Immigration Law and its intersections with Employment Law (including among other topics a related discussion of DACA ["Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"] in the current landscape). Lunch and 1 hour of CLE credit are provided to attendees.
About Richard Yemm, Esq.
Richard Yemm is a partner in the Los Angeles office and is admitted to practice law in both California and New York state. He is certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist. Having graduated with honors from the University of Exeter School of Law in the United Kingdom, he prepares and assists clients with a wide range of diverse cases including entertainment, investor, business and marriage/family-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions, in addition to applications for U.S. citizenship and assisting with corporate I-9 compliance audits.
Mr. Yemm’s practice also focuses on analysis of immigration consequences of U.S. and foreign criminal convictions and immigrant and non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility, where he has successfully overturned grounds of inadmissibility at numerous embassies and consulates around the world. In addition, he has successfully represented clients in removal proceedings in both the Los Angeles and San Diego immigration courts and is currently serving as the CBP Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of AILA.
Meet SMBA's Immigration Law Section
Allison-Claire Acker is a 1988 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and was recently named Southern California’s Top Female Attorney of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine. She has over twenty-five years of immigration law experience, counseling individuals and corporations with regard to all aspects of entertainment, family and employment-related immigration law. Ms. Acker assists both individuals and corporate clients to obtain both non-immigrant and immigrant visas in almost every US immigration category. She advises corporate clients regarding the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions. She also represents foreign investors with regard to visa options.
Ms. Acker is a noted speaker at immigration conferences, seminars and local universities. She is also the author of several immigration related articles. She is currently in charge of the immigration section of the Santa Monica Bar Association as well as one of its trustees, in addition to being a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations Immigration section, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Japanese American Bar Association. Most recently, Ms. Acker was AILA’s Southern California Chapter Advocacy Event Co-Chair. She has also been reappointed as an Advisory Committee member to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, representing the County of Los Angeles. Ms. Acker also served on the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.
Layla Khamoushian is an attorney with over ten years of practice in California courts. She practices immigration law with a focus on employment and family based immigration. She specializes in EB1 and EB2 categories helping professionals with extraordinary abilities from across the globe to apply for their green cards.
Layla received her BA degree from UCLA with a minor in Iranian-studies. She received her JD from Loyola Law School in 2004. While in law school, she worked as a healthcare advocate and interned at the City Attorney’s office.
Layla is a passionate advocate and has collaborated with other advocacy groups in the United States to effectuate policy change in immigration policies affecting Iranians. In 2010, she participated in a nation-wide advocacy effort which lead to changing of student visas for Iranian nationals from single entry to multiple entry.
Layla is also the co-founder and directing attorney of the first immigration legal clinic for Iranians in Los Angeles at I.M.A.N. (Iranian Muslim Association of North America), a donation-based clinic which offers immigration consultations and advocacy to the general public.
Born in Tehran, Layla immigrated with her family to the United States at a young age and is familiar with and sensitive to the immigrant experience. She speaks, writes and reads Farsi fluently
Membership pricing and discounts for members of the Employment and Immigration Sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association are provided.
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