Activities and Honors

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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
“Ethics Issues in Client Intakes,” State Bar of Texas Immigration Law 101, February 2018

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
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) member, 2000-present; Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter Executive Committee Member, 2012 to present
AILA Texas Chapter Chair, 2015 – 2016
Planning Committee, State Bar of Texas Advanced Immigration Law Course, 2011, 2017
Member, Board of Directors, Helping the Aging, Needy & Disabled, Inc. (HAND) of Austin, 2009-2011
National Lawyer’s Guild, National Immigration Project, member, 2002-2014
Charter member, Immigration and Nationality Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2009 to present
Member of the Bell County Bar Association, 2010-2011
People’s Law School speaker on Immigration Law, sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas. 2009-2014
Participant, Latino Leadership Council Summit, University of Texas at Austin, October 23, 2004
Member and Parliamentarian, Board of Directors, Teaching Mentoring Communities (TMC), 2014 to Present
National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), member, 2003-2004
Board-Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 2006 to present
Austin Bar Association
Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit

Publications:
“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)
“Immigration Law and Domestic Violence.” Texas Council on Family Violence Law Enforcement Manual, 2003
After judge’s ruling, lives left in limbo,” TribTalk, A publication of the Texas Tribune, February 19, 2015

Presentations:
Frequent speaker for the annual State Bar of Texas annual Advanced Immigration Law Course
Frequent speaker for the American Immigration Lawyers Association National and Texas Chapter conferences
Frequent speaker for the University of Texas School of Law annual Immigration and Nationality Law Conference

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