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Members Of The Firm

Jack Wasserman (1913-1980)

Mark A. Mancini [Senior Member]

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 1973, Pennsylvania; 1974, District of Columbia
  • Education: University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1970); Temple University (J.D., 1973)
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member:
    • The District of Columbia Bar; The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Chairman, Naturalization Committee, 1985-)
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chairman, District of Columbia Chapter, 1974-1976 and 1985-1986)
    • Union Internationale Des Avocats
  • Positions:
    • Panel Speaker, Adjustment of Status in the U.S./Consular Processing/Waivers,  2010 AILA-DC Annual Conference
    • Adjunct Professor, Immigration Law: George Washington University, 1975-1980
    • Catholic University, 1988-1992
    • Instructor, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, 1980-2003
  • Rating and Awards:
    • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale & Hubbell
    • Named Top 1% of all lawyers in the DC Metropolitan area by the Washingtonian Magazine, December 2007 and 2009
    • Washington DC's Best Lawyers (2010 Edition) by The Washington Post
  • Publications:
    • "Excludability for Lack of a Valid Labor Certificate as a Species of Fraud," Immigration and Nationality Law Review, Vol. II, 1979
    • "Fraud under the Immigration and Nationality Act," Vol. 56, Notre Dame Lawyer No. 4, page 668, April 1981

Sam Hsien-Cheng Chang [Senior Member]

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia
  • Education: Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (LL.B., 1968); Howard University (M.C.L., 1975)
  • Practice Specialty:  Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member:     The District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Positions:
    • Co-Host of free call-in show, Immigration Law Today on World Today Cable TV, Comcast Montgomery County, Maryland, Channel 678, 1993- 2012
    • Exclusive Immigration Consulting Lawyer for Chinese AOL, http://chinese.aol.com 2006-2007
    • President, U.S. Chinese Golf Association, 2001-2005
    • Host, Free Legal Affairs Program, Channel 56, Fairfax, Virginia, 1989-1992
    • Secretary, Taiwan University Alumni Association, Washington D.C. Chapter, 1982-1983
    • General Counsel, Asian American Voters' Coalition, 1986-1987
    • Vice President of Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, 1988-
    • Principal, Gaithersburg Chinese School, 1983-1984
    • Panelist, Asian & Asian Pacific American Issues Seminar Sponsored by Senators Paul Simon and Tom Daschle, 11/30/1988
    • Panelist, Asian & Asian Pacific American Issues Seminar Sponsored by Senator Tom Daschle, 5/1992
  • Rating and Awards:
    • Named Top 1% of all lawyers in the DC Metropolitan area by the Washingtonian Magazine, December 2007 and 2009
  • Publications: 
    • Co-author, "American Immigration Policy and Development", published on 2/15/2013 in Taiwan
    • Co-author, "American Investment Immigration - EB-5" published in Chinese "FROM Magazine", May/June 2012
    • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Visa Processing Guide, “Taiwan – AIT” article, 1992 - 2009
    • “The Education Rights of Undocumented Alien Children”, Metro Chinese Journal, July 1982
    • “Marriage Fraud in American Immigration Law”, Washington China Post, March 3, 1989
    • “Practical Issues about Employment Immigration Applications”, Washington China News, October 7, 1994
    • “How to Apply for Alien Employment Certification” Washington Chinese News, September 2, 1994

Richard W. Chang [Junior Member]

 

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 1997, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1998, Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and Fourth Circuit
  • Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1994); Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1997). Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Positions:
    • AILA-DC ICE/OCC Liaison Co-Chair, 2016-2017
    • AILA-DC Social Media Co-Chair, 2012-2013
    • AILA-DC ICE/OCC Liaison Co-Chair, 2011-2012
    • AILA-DC EOIR Liaison Co-Chair, 2010-2011 (Immigration Court)
    • Panelist for Arizona SB 1070 Panel at George Washington University School of Law, 2011
    • Chair of ICE Raid's Panel AILA-DC Fall 2008 Conference
    • Guest Speaker for Immigration Court Training Session AILA-DC Young Lawyer's Division, 2008
    • Co-Host of free call-in show, Immigration Law Today on World Today Cable TV, Comcast Montgomery County, Maryland, Channel 678, 1993 - Present
    • Advisory Board Member, Asian American Action Fund. (www.aaa-fund.org).  1998-present
    • Vice President, Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), 1995-1996
    • Fourth Circuit Representative, 1995-1996 and NAPALSA Conference Co-Chair, 1996
    • National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Who's Who in American Law Students, 1997
    • Vice President, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP-DC), 1998-2003
  • Ratings and Awards:
    • Richard W. Chang was named as one of the Top 100 Northeast Lawyers by Amtrak's ARRIVE magazine (Nov/Dec 2011)

      http://www.arrive-digital.com/arrive/20111112#pg124

    • AVVO Rating:  10.0/10.0 "Superb" Rating
    • Catholic University of America Law Extra Mile Leadership Award, 1996
    • Catholic University of America Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Leadership Award, 1996
  • Publications:

 

Associates

Jessica L. Rodriguez

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 2003, California, 2004, District of Columbia
  • Education: California State University of Los Angeles (B.A., 2000); George Washington University (J.D., 2003)
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member:  American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Positions:  AILA Co-Chair, New Members Division 2009-2011
  • Industries Served: Government, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemical, Information Technology, Finance, Landscaping, Pharmaceutical, Research Institutions, Scientific Community (Researchers and Scientists), Transportation and Universities
  • Matters Involving:  Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Adjustment of Status, International Organizations and Foreign Government Representatives, PERM, Naturalizations and Audits
  • Publications:  The Consular Posts Book by ILW.com, Taiwan – Taipei Consulate

Lesa M. Lawrence

  • Bar:  admitted to bar, New York, Connecticut, Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario); (Not admitted in District of Columbia)
  • Education: University of Toronto (B.A.); New York Law School (J.D.) George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member:  American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Positions:  AILA-DC Co-Chair, New Members Division 2008-2010, AILA-DC Social Media Co-Chair, 2012-2013, AILA National Member Distance Learning Committee 2013-2014
  • Industries Served: Government, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemical, Information Technology, Finance, Landscaping, Pharmaceutical, Research Institutions, Scientific Community (Researchers and Scientists), Transportation and Universities
  • Matters Involving:  Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Adjustment of Status, International Organizations and Foreign Government Representatives, PERM, Naturalizations and I-9 Audits
  • Publications:  The Consular Posts Book by ILW.com, Taiwan – Taipei Consulate

 

      Sarah Chiang

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 2013, Maryland (Not admitted in the District of Columbia)
  • Education: University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 2002); American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 2012).  Member of Administrative Law Review (ABA Journal)
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Industries Served: Government, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemical, Information Technology, Finance, Landscaping, Pharmaceutical, Research Institutions, Scientific Community (Researchers and Scientists), Transportation and Universities
  • Matters Involving:  Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Adjustment of Status, International Organizations and Foreign Government Representatives, PERM, Naturalizations and I-9 Audits

 

        Elizabeth Roman Jones

  • Bar:  Admitted to bar, 2003, Puerto Rico, 2006, Florida, 2014, District of Columbia
  • Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A. 1994), University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (J.D. 2002), Golden Gate University (LL.M., 2005)
  • Practice Specialty: Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Member:   American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association, and Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Industries Served: Government, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemical, Information Technology, Finance, Landscaping, Pharmaceutical, Research Institutions, Scientific Community (Researchers and Scientists), Transportation and Universities
  • Matters Involving:  Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Adjustment of Status, International Organizations and Foreign Government Representatives, PERM, Naturalizations and I-9 Audits

 

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