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4th Annual Immigrant Attorneys Among Us- Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside of the U.S.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Venue: Seattle Room / Dorsey & Whitney LLP  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00

Deadline to Register: January 16, 2018

Immigration Law and Policy remain major issues in the United States and there is uncertainty for the future with the new administration. This CLE will bring attention to these developments and provide an opportunity for successful immigrant attorneys among us to speak about their careers, going through law school in the United States, obtaining a Minnesota law license, and practicing in different settings. The panel discussion will allow speakers to share successes and challenges as well as discuss implications that possible changes in law and policy could have on future immigrant attorneys.

This CLE is co-sponsored by the Advocates for Human Rights Organization. Volunteer attorneys for this organization can attend for free but must call to register.

Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the CLE at 12:00 p.m.


Mai Moua  | Mai Moua  | Transitioning into Leadership Global Lead at Cargill

Mai Neng Moua was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2007. Prior to Mai Neng’s admission to the Minnesota bar, she worked as a Law Clerk with Davis & Goldfarb for three years. She also served as a student attorney with William Mitchell’s Immigration Law Clinic, representing clients in various administrative immigration proceedings.
Mai has more than ten years of experience working as an immigration lawyer, including with Davis & Goldfarb, with Krueger Law Firm from October 2012 to December 2013, and now as the owner of her own firm. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Hmong American Bar Association; Past Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter; AILA-MN/Dakotas Ambassador to the American Immigration Council; and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota, Hmong American Education Fund (HAEF), and Prairie Seeds Academy. Ms. Moua was born in Thailand to Hmong parents fleeing the Communist regime in Laos.

Haamid Ali | Principal Attorney | Ali Law Office, PLLC

Haamid Ali is the founding attorney at Ali Law Office focusing on immigration and business law.  He is heavily active in his community as an advocate for immigrants and small business owners.  Haamid believes everyone must have access to affordable quality legal services. 
Haamid is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and all state courts in Minnesota.  He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. While in law school, he was the associate editor of the Journal of Law in Society and a member of the Student Trial Advocacy Program (STAP).  He also worked as a student attorney providing legal services to underserved small business owners and non-profit organizations in the Detroit area. 
Haamid devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling clients on U.S. immigration law, business startup, and other civil matters. Haamid’s immigrant background provides him with unique perspectives on the legal issues the immigrant communities face in the United States. Haamid is originally from Somalia, and has resided in the United States since the 1990’s.

Richard Greiffenstein | Associate Attorney | Jackson Lewis

Richard Greiffenstein is an Associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. Additionally, he regularly provides preventive advice to employers and assists them in drafting employment-related policies, handbooks, and agreements.
During the course of his career, Mr. Greiffenstein has represented corporate clients in state and federal courts, domestic and international arbitration forums, and before various administrative agencies. He has also represented professional employer organizations (PEOs), providing them with counseling on best practices, regulatory issues, and specific employment claims. Mr. Greiffenstein has worked extensively with in-house legal counsel and human resource professionals to investigate allegations of non-compliance with state, federal, and international employment laws and regulations, in both English and Spanish. He has also provided management training on topics including employee discipline, social media, leaves and accommodations, independent contractor misclassification, and wage and hour compliance.
Mr. Greiffenstein is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and previously lived in Miami, Florida before moving to Minneapolis in 2015.  

Marcos Ramirez | Legal Industry Consultant | Thomson Reuters

Mr. Marcos Ramirez Plaza graduated from law school in Venezuela, and worked in International Business Law in Venezuela after graduation. While in Venezuela, he also co-founded a political organization, “Coordinadora Democratic Juvenil,” or “Youth Organizers for Democracy,” which advocated for freedom and democracy within Venezuela. Facing severe hostility within Venezuela due to this advocacy work, Mr. Ramirez Plaza came to the U.S. to live in a country where he could openly live his values and continue his legal career. Mr. Ramirez Plaza obtained his MBA, and was the first Latino to act as president of the Hamline MBA association. He has since obtained his JD and Masters in Law from Hamline University, and is a legal industry consultant at Thomson Reuters. He is in the process of opening his own law firm within the next year.

Moderator: Marcy Harris | Attorney at Law

CLE Credits:

2.0  Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved | Event Code: 250486 


Section Member:  $15
MSBA Member not in the Section:  $25
Non-Member:  $35
Law Student:  FREE
Volunteer Attorneys for Advocates for Human Rights: FREE (must call to register)
Join the Immigration Law Section and attend for FREE: $25.00 (must call to register)

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE.

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Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions? Contact Kara Haro | 612-278-6329

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify Kara Haro. Please provide at least 72 hours prior to the event to allow sufficient time to make arrangements.

No sessions have been associated with this event.