Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, 7th Ed.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, 7th Ed.

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Release Date 09/20/17
ISBN 978-1-57370-414-4
Length 882 pages
Format Print
SKU 54-14

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants by Mary E. Kramer is your one volume resource for staying up to date on the changes in criminal immigration law practice. It provides a thoughtful analysis of federal case law and an easy-to-follow discussion of the most important issues in this complicated cross-section of law.

The 7th edition provides detailed and cutting-edge analysis on all areas of criminal immigration law.

Regardless of whether your practice is focused on criminal or business or any other area of immigration law practice, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity is your go-to resource when your client has been charged with a crime.

Related Information In a two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held October 2 on Sessions v. Dimaya, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to the definition of “crime of violence,” and October 3 on Jennings v. Rodriguez, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to prolonged detention. Be sure to check out the accompanying video for a clear discussion of some complex crimmigration issues.

Mary Elizabeth Kramer, author of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, now in its seventh edition, is a leading authority on criminal immigration issues. Having been in private practice for 27 years, she has represented individuals in courts, offices, and jails across the United States, as well as consulates around the world. Based in Miami, Ms. Kramer's practice is limited to immigration law with a concentration on complex cases involving individuals charged with or convicted of crimes, with many of them cooperating with law enforcement. She also handles complex political asylum matters.

Ms. Kramer is the 2015 recipient of the Edith Lowenstein Award, the American Immigration Lawyers Association's highest award for excellence in the practice of immigration law. She frequently writes for in-person conferences, periodicals, and web/audio seminars. She is a former adjunct professor of law at Florida International University. Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, she spent three years training court-appointed federal public defenders on the Criminal Justice Act "wheel" across the country.

Ms. Kramer brings to her book practical experience from real cases, large and small. Writing and public speaking are her passion, but at the end of the day, she is a lawyer-just like the attorneys who comprise her reading audience-and she understands what advocates need to know; how to apply the law in a real-life setting; and how to effectively communicate with officers, prosecutors, agents, and judges. Ms. Kramer understands the challenges of practicing law-representing clients and families. She feels the "agony and the ecstasy" right along with you, the reader.

Ms. Kramer is a past-president of the AILA South Florida Chapter and past chair of the AILA National U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee. She currently serves on the AILA National Department of State Liaison Committee and is co-chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter Enforcement and Removal Operations Committee, which works on policies and standards involving the South Florida region's detention centers and deportation offices. Ms. Kramer is particularly proud of her 13 years of work on AILA's Department of Motor Vehicles Liaison Committee, where she researched and advocated for the rights of non-U.S. citizens to qualify for driver's licenses.

In November 2002, Ms. Kramer and her mentor/friend, Alsie Lomangino (may she rest in peace), received the U.S. Attorney General's Meritorious Public Service Award based on their work with the AILA South Florida Legal Assistance Project, a pro bono project serving the Miami immigration court. Ms. Kramer was a founding co-supervising attorney of the pro bono project. Ms. Kramer is a former chair of the Florida Bar's Grievance Committee, and served many years on the Bar's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Aside from immigration law, Ms. Kramer serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities Legal Services, Inc., the largest legal services provider to low-income individuals in Florida. She is a past president of the board. Ms. Kramer also serves on the board of trustees for the College of Saint Benedict, her alma mater. In addition, she also is on the board of directors of the Simpson Street Free Press, a community newspaper (in English and Spanish) written and published by youth in Madison, WI.

Ms. Kramer graduated cum laude from the College of Saint Benedict, in St. Joseph, MN, and earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While in school, she interned for the Harlingen immigration court; after graduation, she worked as a judicial law clerk to the Miami immigration court. Ms. Kramer served one year as an assistant City Attorney in Madison, before returning to the practice of immigration law. She is a member of the Wisconsin and Florida state bars, and is admitted before the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

On a personal note, Ms. Kramer enjoys exciting, diverse Miami-a city she loves-but also returns frequently to her home state of Wisconsin, where she and her husband have a small home on a cold, clean lake in the country. She has been married 27 years to Jose Alvarez, and they have two adult children: Elizabeth, who is in college, and Jose W., who is in law school. She enjoys backyard barbecues with good friends, swimming at the beach or pool, and most of all hanging with her kids and husband-wherever the location.