Activities and Honors

Jennifer Walker Gates

President of the Board of American Gateways, 2016-2017
Travis County Womens Lawyers Association – Pro Bono Award, 2016
Mayoral Decree of Appreciation – City of Austin, 2017
AILA Liaison – EOIR San Antonio, 2015 – present
State Bar of Texas, Committee on Immigration & Nationality, 2015 – 2016

Publications and Presentations/Co-Presentations:
“Working with Victims,” AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference, November 2011
“Practical Tips and Strategies for Representing Immigrants with Criminal Charges or Convictions,” State Bar of Texas Conference on Immigration, February 2014
“Hot Topics in Family Immigration,” UT CLE Immigration Conference, October 2014
“The Desperate Lawyers of Travis County: Ethical Issues in Defending Criminal Cases for Non-Citizens,” Travis County Bench Bar Conference, September 2014
“Advanced issues in citizenship and naturalization,” AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference, April 2015
“Fundamentals of Removal Proceedings,” UT CLE Immigration Conference, October 2015
“There’s gators in the bayou: Handling the dangerous naturalization case,” AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference, November 2016
“Fundamentals of Family-Based Immigration,” AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference, November 2017

Jose "Chito" Vela III

Board Member, City of Austin Planning Commission
Workers Defense Project, President of Board of Directors, 2013 – 2015
City Manager, Rio Bravo, Texas, 1998 – 2002

Jacqueline Watson

Immigration Law section Rising Stars list – Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2009 – 2011
AILA Texas Chapter Chair, 2015 – 2016

“Family Law, Immigrants, and Violence,” Texas Bar Journal, November 2003
“U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Detention of Immigrants without a Bond Hearing in Demore v. Kim.” LegalFront, July-September 2003 (with Henry Cruz).
After judge’s ruling, lives left in limbo,” TribTalk, A publication of the Texas Tribune, February 19, 2015

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