Speaking Engagement

Global Personnel Alliance (GPA) presents: Immigration and International Employment Conference - Strategies for Employers in the U.S. and Abroad

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - Friday, May 22, 2009

04:00 AM BST - 04:00 AM BST

This day-and-a-half conference is designed for human resources professionals, in-house lawyers and others who deal with global immigration issues. Presented by the Global Personnel Alliance, with the cooperation of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, the conference will provide important updates on immigration issues critical to all employers. The conference format will be informal, and audience participation will be strongly encouraged. There will also be opportunities to interact with senior government decision makers.

May 20 - 21, 2009Washington Marriott at Metro Center775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005London Room, Ballroom Level

Speakers include:

  • Anna Amato, Immigration Manager, Corporate Legal, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Michael Aytes, Acting Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Dan Brown, Past Acting Director of Policy, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and now with BAL

  • Daryl Buffenstein, Past national President and former General Counsel, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and now with BAL

  • Bo Cooper, Past General Counsel, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and now with BAL

  • Marjorie Culver, Of Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

  • Behnam Dayanim, Partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

  • Monica Debiak, Attorney, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

  • Leon Fresco, Senator Charles Schumer's Chief Immigration Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration

  • Brian Hunt, Deputy Chief, Legal Advisory Opinions; U.S. Department of State, Visa Office, Bureau of Consular Affairs

  • Steven Ladik, Past national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and now with BAL

  • Warren Leiden, Former Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, past member of the congressionally authorized U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, and now with BAL

  • Katherine Lotspeich, Deputy Chief, Verification Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Lynden Melmed, former Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, and now with BAL

  • Esther Olavarria, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Mark Poerio, Partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

  • Alisa Seminara, Director & Counsel, Global Head of U.S. Immigration Law, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

  • Lydia Tamez, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Registration information: The fee for the conference is $325. Multiple attendees from the same company: the fee is $325 for the first attendee and $150 for each additional attendee. Space is limited; early registration is advisable. Please register here.

Event questions: Contact Megan Veit at mveit@usabal.com or 415.743.9655.

Hotel accommodations: A special rate of $259 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center for conference participants. Call 800.228.9290 or 202.737.2200 and reference "Global Personnel Alliance." The deadline for reservations is Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Attire: Business Casual.

MCLE Credit:Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP is a State Bar of California, a State Bar of New York, a State Bar of Georgia and a State Bar of Illinois approved CLE provider and certifies that this program is eligible for 10 credits in California, Georgia, Illinois and New York.

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