Seeing All Sides at the Federal Bar Association’s 2019 Immigration Law Conference. 2 minute read

Earlier this May, our Poarch Law attorneys traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Immigration Law Section Conference. For two days, Christine Poarch, Jamie McGuire, and Rachel Thompson attended panels that discussed immigration law and its recent policy changes.

For several years now, our attorneys have been attending the FBA’s annual Immigration Law Conference. However, this year, all three attorneys participated in this year’s conference as panelists. On a variety of immigration subjects, they were on stage, alongside other top attorneys, answering questions, giving advice and discussing how best to navigate the complexities of immigration law.

“What is unique about the conference,” explains Christine Poarch when asked why she continues to return to this conference year after year, “is that it is small enough that you get a good deal of interaction with your colleagues within the private and public sector, as well as a lot of interaction with both government officials and attorneys.”

Rachel Thompson and Jaime McGuire also commented on the importance of diversity in the conference’s attendees and how the opportunity to be able to hear the different perspectives of the attending government and private bar attorneys is crucial to how our attorneys handle their cases.

All three attorneys are planning on attending FBA’s Immigration Law Section Conference next year in Detroit, MI.

Rachel, Jaime and Christine (with spouses) at dinner on last night of the conference.

PLF Attorney Christine Poarch with Kate Goettel (Litigation Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center, awarded FBA-ILS’ NGO Lawyer of the Year) and Lauren McClure (Attorney at Kriezelman, Burton & Associates in Chicago, awarded FBA-ILS’ Younger Lawyer Award)


PLF Attorney Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens, President of FBA-ILS awarding Lauren McClure (Attorney at Kriezelman, Burton & Associates in Chicago) the FBA-ILS’ Younger Lawyer Award.

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

UT Tower

Inside the Capitol Rotunda

Inside the Capitol Rotunda