A group of experts will discuss immigration law at Roanoke College this month.
The discussion, which will be in a panel format, is titled “Living the DREAM: Deferred Action and Other Immigration Options for Children.” It will be held Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Wortmann Ballroom.
The panelists will talk about recent developments in immigration law, including the 2012 DREAM Act, which would aid children who are brought to the United States by undocumented parents. The program would help high school graduates to continue their education through college.
The panelists are experts in the field of immigration law, and they will address issues dealing with the DREAM Act and similar immigration programs in the community, the workplace and with local families.
They are Christine Poarch, Jorge Artieda and Ofelia Calderon. G. Michael Pace, Jr., will moderate the discussion. He is a Roanoke attorney and CEO of the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law at Roanoke College.
Poarch is a Salem attorney, who has practiced immigration law exclusively since 2003. She pursued both her undergraduate and graduate education in Houston, where she worked extensively with the immigrant community in domestic violence, health care and literacy initiatives. Poarch has successfully defended individuals in removal proceedings in immigration courts from Arlington, Va., to Batavia, N.Y. She practices with Poarch Van Doren, a law firm in Salem.
Calderon is a founding partner at the immigration law firm of Marks, Calderon, Derwin, & Racine in Arlington, Va. She maintains a diverse practice which includes family, naturalization, business and asylum, but she concentrates on federal matters and removal cases. She received her law degree in 2001 from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Artieda opened AM Law PC in Falls Church, Va., in February, where he specializes in deportation defense. He has been a legal advisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, D.C., and associate chief counsel for the Washington D.C. District Office. He also was a special assistant U.S. attorney covering the Western District of Virginia, where he prosecuted corporate immigration violations and human trafficking.
The panel event is sponsored by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce, Roanoke College, Poarch Van Doren and the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law.
– Submitted by Roanoke College