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Conference Program Committee

Maurice H. Goldman, Annual Conference Chair

Maurice “Mo” Goldman works in Tucson, AZ at Goldman & Goldman, P.C. He holds a J.D./M.B.A. from Hofstra University. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in journalism. His law practice is focused only on immigration-related matters including employment-based, family-based, asylum, removal defense and other humanitarian-based immigration issues. Mr. Goldman has served on multiple national AILA committees. He is a recipient of the 2010 AILA Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award and the 2018 Randy Tunac Courage in Immigration Award. Mr. Goldman previously served as the AILA Arizona chapter chair. He was previously a trustee to the American Immigration Council and sat on the boards of the ASISTA, Border Action Network, and Immigrants List.

Business Track

Anastasia Tonello, Chair

Anastasia Tonello serves as Counsel at Ulmer & Berne LLP in New York. Internationally recognized in the leading legal directories, including Legal 500 (USA and UK), Chambers (Global, USA and UK), Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration, and Best Lawyers in America, Anastasia is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the D.C. and New York Southern District Courts and is a Solicitor of England and Wales. Anastasia was a charter member and officer of AILA's RDC EMEA Chapter, was Chair of AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee and served as AILA President. A national of the U.S., the U.K. and Italy, Anastasia, a native Hoosier, earned her B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. You can follow Anastasia on Twitter @anastasianylon.
Business Track Committee Members
Leonard J. D'Arrigo
Elise A. Fialkowski
Brad Hendrick
Susanne C. Heubel
David W. Cook
Ganesh Kalyanaraman
Bushra A. Malik

Family Track

Ruben Reyes, Chair

Reyes is a first generation American on his father's side and was raised by his paternal grandmother who never had any formal schooling. She taught him life's most valuable lessons including humility, patience, compassion, and forgiveness. His life on the El Paso/Juarez border left a strong and lasting impression on issues regarding social justice, migration policy, border policy, right to counsel and due process. He opened his practice in January of 2012.
Family Track Committee Members
Melissa M. Lopez
Morgan M. Weibel
Aundrea L. Roberts
Shirley C. Zambrano


Removal Track

Laura Flores Bachman, Chair

Laura Flores Bachman is Senior Legal Counsel with ASISTA where she provides technical legal and strategy assistance to attorneys nationwide in addition to advocacy and coalition building on immigration issues faced by victims of violence. Prior to joining ASISTA, Laura was Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services with YWCA Tulsa. While Laura’s experience includes all areas of immigration law, her primary focus has been advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Laura has been an active member of AILA for over 20 years and currently serves on the executive committee of AILA Arizona chapter. Laura earned her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 1996. She is licensed in Massachusetts, Texas and Oklahoma and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Removal Track Committee Members

Hudaidah Bhimdi
Patrick Hatch
Gregory Romanovsky
Elina Magaly Santana
Choloe Walker
Jonathan Willmoth

Fundamentals Track/Special Sessions

Ruby L. Powers, Chair
Ruby L. Powers is the founder and managing attorney of Powers Law Group, P.C. Located in Houston, Texas, the firm focuses solely on immigration law. Ruby is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Leadership Houston, and American Leadership Forum. She authored AILA’s book "Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind)”. She is a law practice management consultant and coach with Powers Strategy Group, LLC. (www.rubypowers.com). Connect with Ruby at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rubypowers/.
Fundamentals Track/Special Sessions Committee Members
Ira Azulay
Elizabeth Boyda Baker
Josiah J. Curtis
Allen E. Kaye
Roman Zelichenko


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