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					   The National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children
             May 18th, 2005 – Houston Training




Brian Bates, Attorney, Moderator & Speaker

BRIAN K. BATES is a shareholder with the Houston, Texas firm of QUAN,
BURDETTE & PEREZ, P.C. He received his undergraduate and legal
education at Southern Methodist University (BS 1976 [Political Science],
JD 1979). He has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality
Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, and served
for many years on the Board's Immigration and Nationality Law Exam
Commission. He is the author of "A Brief Tour of Wonderland: A
Practical Introduction to Exclusion Proceedings," 90-1 IMMIGRATION
BRIEFINGS (January 1990), and Co-author with B. Hake of "A Tale of Two
Cites: Due Process and the Plenary Power Doctrine," 92-4 IMMIGRATION
BRIEFINGS (April 1992). He is a past Chair of the Texas Chapter,
American Immigration Lawyers Association (1993 - 94), and the winner of
two AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Awards (1988, 1996). Past Chairman of
the AILA Liaison Committee with the Executive Office for Immigration
Review. Currently serves as a Director on the AILA Board of Governors.
He received the Sam Williamson Mentor Award from AILA in June 1998.


Honorable William K. Zimmer, Immigration Judge, Executive Office for
Immigration Review, Speaker

Judge Zimmer has served as an Immigration Judge since 1995. Currently he oversees the
Houston Immigration Court's juvenile docket for unaccompanied minors He earned his
J.D. from South Texas College of Law and has a B.A. in English Literature from Wayne
State University. Prior to joining the Immigration Court, Judge Zimmer served as an
attorney with the Office of District Counsel for the legacy Immigration and
Naturalization Service, an Assistant District Attorney with the Montgomery County
District Attorneys Office, and a customs Inspector with the former United States Customs
Office.



Joseph A. Vail, Professor, Speaker
Professor Joseph A. Vail has served as supervising attorney of the immigration clinic at
the University of Houstan Law Center Clinical Programs since 1999. He is a 1979
graduate of the Widener School of Law. From 1980 to 1981 he served with VISTA
(Volunteers In Service To America) where he entered the field of immigration law. He
served three years as an accredited representative and staff attorney with Gulf Coast
Legal Foundation and one year as managing attorney at AYUDA, Inc in
Washington, D.C. From 1984 to 1995 he was in private practice in
Houston, TX. In 1995 he was appointed as an immigration judge with the
United States Department of Justice, where he served for more than four
years. He has previously been a member of the Board of Directors with
the YMCA International Services program, and the Central American
Refugee Center (CARECEN). He is the 1994 winner of the Texas State Bar
award for pro bono legal services, the Frank J. Skurlock award. He is a
member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and board
certified in Immigration and Nationality Law.


Wafa Abdin, Attorney, Speaker

Wafa Abdin is the supervising attorney at Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
at Catholic Charities. Ms. Abdin represents low-income and indigent Immigrants in
removal proceedings and assists them in filing for asylum, VAWA, NACARA,
citizenship, and family petitions before the Citizenship and Immigration Service of the
Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration
appeals. Among her clients are detained adults and juveniles and victims of crime
seeking immigration benefits. Ms. Abdin earned her J.D. from the University of
Houston, and also holds a Masters Degree from Lamar University and a Bachelor of Arts
degree in English Literature. Ms. Abdin is a frequent lecturer at Immigration conferences
and trainings. She has written several published articles on Immigration law topics,
including: Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, “U” visa, and Types of
Immigration relief available for unaccompanied minors. In addition she is actively
involved in numerous professional associations, boards and committees including:
National Child Welfare Advisory Board, Mayors Committee of the Mayor's Advisory
Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MACIRA); Detention Watch Network
Steering Committee; the planning committee for the State Bar Texas Immigration
Seminar; Chair of the Legal and Government Relations subcommittee; member of the
Citizenship and Immigration Service Roundtable, the Citizenship Coalition, and the
Coalition Against Trafficking, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC); the Arab
American Community Center; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

				
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