Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Lawyers Assist With Local Immigrant Workshops

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2018 – Two Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL) attorneys took part today in the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative's Citizenship Naturalization Workshop.  Steven Malm, an associate who specializes in business visas and DACA issues, and Stephen Parker, an associate who works on business immigration and immigrant petitions, offered pro bono legal advice to local residents seeking guidance on naturalization and the path to citizenship.

“Working for one of the largest corporate immigration firms in the world gives us the experience and the ability to help out our neighbors,” Malm said. “We are an international law firm based in San Francisco.  And we want our neighbors to know that we are here to help when it comes to their immigration needs.”

On the Saturday prior, a group of BAL attorneys assisted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, or “Dreamers,” in filing renewal applications before the program's expected termination. BAL attorneys Martin Robles-Avila, Elysa Baron, Margret Gonzales, Michelle Kobler, Steven Malm and Katy Mann volunteered at the event. The workshop, sponsored by San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs, also offered free immigration legal screenings for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. In 2017, President Donald Trump's administration ended the TPS designation for a number of countries, including El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

“No one knows immigration issues better than BAL,” said Parker. “And we want to use that knowledge to assist local folks seeking TPS and DACA registrations. We were honored to do that today.”

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
BAL is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and clients more successful. Established in 1980, the firm provides comprehensive services from 18 offices across six continents. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal. Non-U.S. offices are operated by affiliated entities in those countries. See website for details.

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