Founders

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Alma L. David

After working with Rios & Cruz, P.S., as an Associate Attorney and Partner for six years, and a partner at Global Justice Law Group for three years, Alma joined IALC in 2018.  Alma practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She has worked in private practice and volunteered her time with various non-profits throughout her career.  Prior to attending law school, Alma worked in human rights advocacy.  Alma is admitted to the California State Bar Association and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Alma is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she has served on the Executive Committee and Co-Chaired the ICE Liaison committee of AILA’s Washington chapter.  She has been a presenter and speaker at various AILA events and conferences.  Her practice focuses on removal defense, U visas, asylum, family-based petitions, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education

University of San Francisco’s School of Law, magna cum laude  | 2008 

Community Activities & Presentations

Community Activities

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter

ICE Liaison Committee Member | 2014

Executive Committee | 2013-2014

I-LAMP Mentor | 2012-2014

Co-Chair of the ICE Liaison Committee | 2011-2013


Kids in Need of Defense, Volunteer Attorney

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice, Volunteer Attorney

Northwest Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Volunteer Attorney

Latino Bar Association, Volunteer Attorney

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Volunteer Attorney

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Volunteer Law Student Representative


Presentations

Advanced Asylum and Withholding Issues, March, 2015, AILA NW Regional Immigration Law Conference, Co-Panelist and Moderator


Asylum Chat, December 2014, AILA WA, Co-Panelist


Prosecutorial Discretion, May, 2014, AILA NW Regional Immigration Law Conference, Co-Panelist

Selected Published Cases/Publications

Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 20 (BIA 2014)


An Updated overview of the Inspection and Admission Process and the Impact of the Interpretation of the interpretation of “Admission” in Removal Proceedings, AILA, Navigating the 

Fundamentals of Immigration Law, 2015-16 edition, co-authored with Manuel Rios (forthcoming)

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Luis Cortes Romero

Luis Cortes Romero is a partner in Immigrant Advocacy & Litigation Center's Washington Office where he practices exclusively in immigration litigation.


Mr. Cortes Romero is a trial and appellate lawyer who has represented clients in a wide variety of immigration-related cases, including constitutional issues, challenging immigration detention, immigration consequences to criminal convictions, and seeking waivers of inadmissibility.  


He has represented clients in high-profile constitutional litigation involving equal protection and due process claims.  He also represents clients in connection with governmental investigations.

Education

University of Idaho College of Law | 2013

Selected Community Activities & Presentations

South Dakota Bar Association | April 2018 

· Presentation about the National DACA Litigation and Its Impact in Immigration Law and Policy. 

University of Tennessee College of Law | March 2018

· Presentation about the National DACA Litigation and Its Impact in Immigration Law and Policy.


University of Idaho College of Law | February 2018 

· Presented “The Attempt to Trump DACA: The Constitutional and Administrative Limits of President Trump’s Rescission of DACA.”


Washington State University | October 2017 

· Keynote Speaker and Presenter at “UndocuQueer” National Conference. Presented about the legal pitfalls that surround LGBT asylum jurisprudence. 


University of Washington | September 2017 

· Presented a CLE titled “Immigration Detention: Length of Detention, Bonds, and Triggers to Civil Mandatory Detention.”

AILA Washington chapter | April 2017 

· Presented a CLE on working with difficult immigration judges in a detained docket setting.


Annual Meeting of The Law and Society Association | June 2013 

· Presented “From Undocumented to DACAmented: How the Law has shaped Theory and Practice around Undocumented Students' Lives, Activism and Post-Graduate Experience.”


Washington State University | April 2013

· Presented about the legal disadvantages of a militarized border with the United States and Mexico. 


Sequoia High School Dream Conference | March 2013

· Keynote speaker for the annual conference. 

Service


Northwest Immigrants Rights Project | May 2017 to present

· Pro bono attorney for selected cases in a detained docket ranging from matters related to criminal convictions, asylum (and related relief), and cancellation of removal for certain nonpermanent residents. 


Goodwill of Washington | August 2016 – December 2017 

· Volunteer to organize and conduct over 20 know your rights presentation.

· Volunteer to organize over 10 legal clinics with several attorneys to conduct legal consultations.


Washington Dream Coalition | August 2013 -  December 2017

· Conducted numerous know your rights presentations. 

Selected Cases/Publications

MEDINA v. UNITED STATES DEP'T OF HOMELAND SEC.

Case No.: C17-218-RSM-JPD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114477 (District Court for the Western District of WA)

(ongoing)

· Recognized as the first Dreamer and DACA recipient detained under President Trump’s administration, this lawsuit challenges DHS’ rescission of Mr. Ramirez Medina’s DACA as a constitutional due process violation. Co-counseled with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Berkeley School of Law School, Professor Lawrence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Theodore Boutrous and Ethan Dettmer of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel. 


GARCIA ET AL v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ET AL

Case No.: 17-cv-05380 (District Court for the Northern District of CA)

(ongoing)

· This is the companion case to Regents of the Univ. of Cal. V. DHS that challenged the rescission of DACA on behalf of six DACA recipients, and the case is responsible for the national temporary injunction that permitted for the restoration of DACA. Co-counseled with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Berkeley School of Law School, Professor Lawrence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Theodore Boutrous and Ethan Dettmer from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel. 


TRUMP v. UNITED STATES DIST. OF N. CAL. (IN RE UNITED STATES)

875 F.3d 1200 (9th Cir. 2017) 

· Ninth Circuit published decision and review of interlocutory appeal in Garcia et al v. United States that challenged the incomplete administrative record submitted by the Department of Justice regarding the rescission of DACA. Co-counseled with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Berkeley School of Law School, Professor Lawrence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Theodore Boutrous and Ethan Dettmer from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel. 


IN RE UNITED STATES

138 S. Ct. 443 (2017) 

· This is the U.S. Supreme Court review of Trump v. United States Dist. of N. Cal (In RE United States) that challenged the incomplete administrative record submitted by the Department of Justice regarding the rescission of DACA. Co-counseled with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Berkeley School of Law School, Professor Lawrence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Theodore Boutrous and Ethan Dettmer from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel. 


REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF CAL. v. UNITED STATES DEP'T OF HOMELAND SEC.

Nos. 18-15068, 18-15069, 18-15070, 18-15071, 18-15072, 18-15128, 18-15133, 18-15134, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6510 (9th Cir. Mar. 15, 2018)


DEP'T OF HOMELAND SEC. v. REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF CAL.

No. 17-1003, 200 L. Ed. 2d 325, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 1508 (U.S. Feb. 26, 2018)

(ongoing) 

· Combined Ninth Circuit appeal and cross appeals of the preliminary injunction restoring DACA and motion to dismiss ruling in Garcia et al v. United States of America et al. Co-counseled with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Berkeley School of Law School, Professor Lawrence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Theodore Boutrous and Ethan Dettmer from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Mark Rosenbaum of Public Counsel. 


EMAMI ET AL v. NIELSEN ET AL    

3:18-cv-01587 (District Court for the Northern District of CA)

(ongoing)

· Class action lawsuit filed on behalf of nationals Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen that are being arbitrarily and capriciously denied the ability to apply for visa waivers against Executive Order 13769 (“travel ban”). 


GONZALEZ v. ASHER

C15-1778-MJP-BAT, 2016 WL 871073 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 16, 2016), adopted by 2016 WL 865351 (W.D. Wash. Mar. 7, 2016) (District Court for the Western District of WA)

· District Court granted petition for habeas corpus against ICE and EOIR for failure to provide Mr. Gonzalez a bond hearing. This case was cited in the national injunction decision in Banos v. Asher C16-1454-JLR-BAT that allowed for bond hearings for certain detained individuals, the ACLU “Practice Advisory Prolonged Detention Challenges After Jennings v. Rodriguez,” and Arizona District Court Decision Guardado-Quevara v. Lynch, CV 16-00800-PHX-PGR (JZB)