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Women’s Bar Association Ushers in New Leadership

Womens Bar Association Ushers in New LeadershipBOSTON, MA – March 27, 2023 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its Annual Meeting and New Lawyer Reception on March 23, 2023 at Suffolk University Law School.

The WBA is pleased to welcome Jessica Babine as the organization’s incoming President.   Jessica is a partner at Cornetta Babine LLC where she practices civil litigation and real estate in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Prior to forming Cornetta Babine LLC, Jessica served as lead New Hampshire counsel at a national law firm’s Boston office focusing on business litigation and before that at a local Massachusetts firm focusing on worker’s compensation and personal injury cases.  Jessica has been active in the WBA since 2011, beginning with the New Lawyers Committee, which she co-chaired from 2016 to 2019.  In 2012, Jessica joined the Legislative Policy Committee, co-chairing the LPC from 2016 to 2022.  Beginning in 2019, Jessica was elected to the WBA Board of Directors, and she has served as Secretary, Vice President of Operations, and President-Elect during that time.  In 2020-2021, Jessica was a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.  In addition to her WBA activities, Jessica serves as a Board member for the Essex County Bar Association, the North Shore Women in Business, and for her local neighborhood association.

Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell was the keynote speaker at the Reception that followed. She shared lessons from her life and career and described how the work of the Attorney General’s office intersected with so many issues facing the legal profession, such as reproductive rights, gun rights and violence prevention, and housing issues.  She also emphasized the importance of the Women’s Bar Association and expressed a desire to continue to collaborate with the WBA on future initiatives.

At the annual meeting, the WBA also voted on a slate of officers and elected members of the Board of Directors.  The organization welcomes the following new and returning officers and directors for 2023-24.

WBA Officers

President: Jessica Babine, Cornetta Babine LLC
President-Elect: Alexandra Mitropoulos, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach: Kim Donlon, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Vice President of Operations: Julie Dick, Community Legal Aid
Treasurer: Payal Salsburg, Laredo & Smith LLP
Secretary: Emily Robey-Phillips, Holland and Knight LLP

WBA Immediate Past President

Kristy Lavigne, Office of Bar Counsel

WBA Board of Directors

 At-Large Directors

Jessica Caamano, Goulston & Storrs PC
Margaret Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc.
Martha Coakley, Foley Hoag
Meghan Cooper, Mass General Brigham
Angie Pageler Cunico, Santander Bank, N.A.
Nicole Forbes, G-P
Heather Gamache, Moriarty Troyer & Malloy LLC
Kate Isley, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Elizabeth Keeley, Butters Brazilian LLP
Gwen Nolan King, Nolan & King LLC
Diana Li, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jamie Sabino, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Amy Sennett, Karat
Sarah Sousa, Arrowood LLP
Jenna Ventorino, WilmerHale
Sarah Walsh, Robins Kaplan LLP

Regional Directors

Lesley A. Leonessa, Dell EMC (Greater Boston)
Ellen Sullivan, Cambridge Immigration Law, PC (Middlesex)

The new board brings energy, a wealth of experience in varied legal disciplines, diversity, and a steadfast commitment to advocating on behalf of women’s issues.

Incoming WBA President Jessica Babine remarked, “I am honored to serve as President of the Women’s Bar Association, which has been a formative organization throughout the advancement of my career.  Through the WBA, I have gained trusted mentors and friends, and many opportunities for leadership and professional development.  My involvement with the WBA has provided me with a deep understanding of the importance of the WBA’s legislative advocacy to promote a fair and just society.  I look forward to working with our members in the year ahead to make positive changes for women lawyers and all women in the Commonwealth.

Outgoing WBA President Kristy Lavigne reflected, “It has been an honor serving as President this year.  As the world gradually reopened, I am proud of the work that we accomplished this year. I am grateful for the opportunity to have collaborated with so many of our members on issues facing our profession and community, and to have been a voice advancing the full and equal participation of women. Congratulations to Jessica Babine, our new WBA President, and our new Executive Board and Board of Directors, I look forward to continuing our important work with you all.”

 


Contact: 

Jessica Babine
President
Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
jbabine@gmail.com

Margaret Talmers
Executive Director
Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
(617) 973-6666
mtalmers@womensbar.org


About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts.  The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and events and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues.  Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation.  For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.

 

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First steps in Representation: Questionnaire and Document Request

sign your Representation Agreement and get started todayCongratulations on starting your US immigration journey with Cambridge Immigration Law. We are grateful that you decided to entrust us with the important task of helping you achieve your life goals through your US immigration journey. 

After you sign your Representation Agreement and set up your payment plan, your case is officially opened and our Legal Team takes over. A few days after your case is opened, our Legal Team will email you an invitation to set up a Kick-Off meeting. In that meeting, our attorney will review your case strategy with you. Our paralegal will obtain your signature on documents to start the case. Our paralegal will also review what information and documents we will need from you. 

Our paralegal will follow up with you after the meeting by sending an email that has a link to an online questionnaire and online document request. The online questionnaire is hosted by Docketwise, a secure online portal designed exclusively for immigration attorneys and their clients. The document request is hosted by Lawmatics, another secure online portal for the legal industry that stores your documents that we will use for your case. 

As you get started with the online questionnaire and document request, please reach out to our Legal Team with any questions. You may not understand or be able to answer a particular question. You may not have certain documents that we have requested. Let us know, and we will help. 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Discover how Cambridge Immigration Law provides outstanding client services and frequent case updates for hired clients.

We help you follow your case and understand case updates

Discover how Cambridge Immigration Law provides outstanding client services and frequent case updates for hired clients.At Cambridge Immigration Law, we strive for two things: achieving your life goals through legal victories and providing outstanding client services at all times. One thing that sets our firm apart from many others is the frequency and depth of communication that we provide to our clients. When you become a hired client of Cambridge Immigration Law, we encourage you to stay in touch with us via email, phone, Zoom and in-person visits. We want to know your concerns, and we want to answer your questions. Without exception, we respond to current client inquiries within one business day. 

In our efforts to maintain open and frequent communication with our clients, we check on your pending immigration case every two months and provide you with an update about your case. Often, our updates to you are that things are still within normal processing times. However, as soon as we see any change in the online status of your case or receive any communication from USCIS about updates, we contact you. 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Getting started with Cambridge Immigration Law: Strategy Session

Schedule a Strategy Session with Cambridge Immigration Law to receive expert advice on your immigration issues.Congratulations on taking the important step of scheduling a Strategy Session with Cambridge Immigration Law. Here’s what you can expect in our upcoming meeting.

First, you will be greeted in-person, on Zoom, or on the phone by our Client Engagement Specialist. Our Client Engagement Specialist will gather contact information about you and anyone else who will be involved in the Strategy Session or who relates to the immigration issues at hand. Then, you will meet one of our experienced immigration attorneys for a one-to-one 45 minute Strategy Session. During the first 5-10 minutes of the Strategy Session, you will let our attorney know why you decided to seek our advice. What is the situation? What are your questions? What happened recently that you decided that you need help now? What are your deadlines? 

Then, in the next 10-20 minutes, our Cambridge Immigration Law attorney will ask you many questions about you.

  • Why do you or your family members need US immigration benefits?
  • What are your goals in the US? Who is in your family?
  • What do you do for work? What’s your immigration history?
  • Do you have any criminal history?
  • Do you have any challenges that affect your ability to live in the US, or in your home country? 

With those questions answered, our attorney will spend the next 15-20 minutes laying out your options for moving forward to achieve your goals. We will answer your questions about how the process will work and advantages and disadvantages of different strategies you can take. 

Sometimes, there is nothing that our team or anyone else can do to help, and we will let you know if that is the case. Sometimes, our team cannot help you, but we can connect you with another attorney or other professional who can. 

If we offer you representation, our Cambridge Immigration Law attorney will bring you back to our Client Engagement Specialist who will help you open your case with us. You will receive a Representation Agreement by email (or paper if you are in the office) and a credit card authorization link. Our Client Engagement Specialist will help you complete those documents to officially open your case. Once that paperwork is complete, our Client Engagement Specialist will send your case to our Legal Team. About 2-3 business days after your case is opened, our Legal Team will contact you for your Kick-Off meeting and your case will get started!

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

 

Why your friend’s spouse can apply for a green card after entering as a tourist, but your spouse can’t.

friends spouse can apply for a green cardFor starters, let us say that US immigration law is so confusing! We often meet with potential clients who are convinced that their case is just like their friends’ case. Due to a small difference in facts, the legal cases are drastically different. In the situation of one person entering as a tourist and applying for a green card, that will work if the person who entered as a tourist planned to return to the home country but then something changed while the person was in the U.S. That situation is called “changed circumstances.” On the other hand, a person who uses a tourist visa to enter the US to stay permanently is violating a basic requirement of the tourist visa, which is to plan to leave the US and return to the home country. If a person uses a tourist visa to enter the US with the intention of filing for a green card after that entry, US immigration law considers that situation to involved “misrepresentation” or “fraud” in the use of the tourist visa. 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

 

Fiance Visa to Citizenship

From Fiance visa to citizenshipOur client of many years recently got their Citizenship Application approved! When they came to us, they were a newly engaged couple who had experienced some complications with their Fiancé Visa application.  They decided that they couldn’t wait to get married so we filed an I-130 instead.  Once their application was approved, we worked with them on the National Visa Center applications and prepared them for the Embassy Interview.  Not long after that, the couple was reunited in Massachusetts!  A couple of years later we submitted their I-751 application.  While their I-751 was still pending we submitted their Citizenship Application.  On the day of the interview, both the I-751 and the N-400 were approved! All these years later and the newly engaged couple has grown into a happily married family of four.

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

You married a US Citizen and you need a Green Card? Here’s how Cambridge Immigration Law can Help

Cambridge Immigration LawCongratulations! We love working with clients like you at this wonderful time in your life, and we are confident that you will love working with our amazing team in Cambridge Immigration Law. 

To start your work with our team, our  attorney will confirm that you are eligible to win your application before you submit it. If your case has gray areas in terms of your eligibility, our attorneys will tell you the potential problems and potential outcomes, if there is a legal or factual reason your case could be denied.

Next, we will tell you what your case needs and what it does not need. You don’t need to worry about how to answer a particular question because we will figure that out for you. You don’t need to worry about whether you included the correct immigration forms or fees because we will put exactly what is needed into the application. In our years of experience, we have probably seen a case just like yours, and we will use our experience to win your case just as we did for other clients. On the other hand, if your case is different from others, we know how and where to find the resources necessary to properly evaluate and present your case. 

In addition, we will prepare you for any interview that your case may have. We never underestimate the importance of interview preparation. We help our clients be ready for standard questions that may be asked and we prepare our clients for more complicated questions that could relate to their cases. Also, we help the clients prepare for the unexpected because we never know what officer will conduct the interview, how that officer may be feeling on the day of the interview, and what unexpected questions the officer will ask. 

Throughout all of our work with you, you will see that Cambridge Immigration Law will provide excellent client services while bringing your case to the legal outcome you desire. We want to meet with you. We will return your emails. We will call you back. You are our clients and we are here to support you. 

When you have your green card and are ready to live your life as a lawful permanent resident, we will inform you of future necessary steps in your immigration journey when you need to renew your green card or visa, when you want to apply for US citizenship, and when you want to sponsor other relatives, such as your parents, to immigrate to the US.

To sum it all up, Cambridge Immigration Law will take away your stress about your immigration case so that you focus on the wonderful parts of your new life with the love of your life. 

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Why an Immigration Attorney is worth your investment

immigration attorneyOur team at Cambridge Immigration Law is amazing and we truly believe that working with us is worth every penny of your investment. However, we strongly believe that you should work with any good, experienced attorney–not just our amazing team–if you are going to submit any application to or attend any interview with the US government. 

First, an immigration attorney is worth your investment because the immigration attorney will confirm that you are eligible to win your application before you submit it. If you are not eligible to win, the attorney should refuse to help you submit the application. Or, if your case has gray areas in terms of your eligibility, the attorney should tell you the potential problems and potential outcomes, if there is a legal or factual reason your case could be denied.

Second, an immigration attorney is worth your investment because the immigration attorney will prepare your case based on her years of experience practicing immigration law and seeing actual results of cases presented in a variety of ways. An experienced immigration attorney will know what your case needs–and what your case does not need. An experienced immigration attorney probably has seen a case just like yours, and she can use her experience to win your case just as she did for other clients. On the other hand, if your case is different from others, an experienced attorney knows how and where to find the resources necessary to properly evaluate and present your case. 

Third, an immigration attorney–who values client services–will deliver not only the legal result you want but will also support you and your family through the long, confusing immigration process. You should be able to email or meet with your immigration attorney or her legal team frequently before you submit the application. You should be able to email or meet with your attorney or her legal team after your attorney submits your case, because you will have questions along the way. Your immigration attorney should insist on meeting with you before she represents you at any hearing so that you are well prepared. Finally, you should be able to talk to your attorney or her legal team after your interview when you have questions about how it went or what the next steps are. In short, you should work with an attorney who will call you back, email you back, and meet with you. You can’t imagine how many clients I meet who transitioned to my team after working with an attorney–to whom they pay thousands of dollars–who would not return the clients’ phone calls!

Fourth, an immigration attorney will prepare you for future necessary steps in your immigration journey when you need to renew your green card or visa, when you want to apply for US citizenship, and when you want to sponsor other relatives, such as your parents, to immigrate to the US.

Finally, it costs more to not hire a lawyer. Yes, you pay money to hire an immigration attorney. In the end, however, you save time and money. The cost of hiring an attorney pays for itself with the time you save not trying to learn US immigration law and procedure yourself, not worrying if you did things right, not scouring the internet when you have more questions after you file (and you will!), not trying to fix mistakes that you made, and not losing opportunities that come with US immigration benefits. Instead of asking how much it costs to hire an experienced immigration attorney, think about how much it costs not to have an experienced, approachable, and compassionate immigration attorney on your side as you work to achieve your life goals.

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Humanitarian parole allows Haitians working abroad to enter the United States and work

If you are Haitian and are currently outside the US, you may be eligible to enter the US on a new, and limited, program called Humanitarian Parole. You will need a valid Haitian passport and a person in the US who promises to financially sponsor you. The program would allow you to enter the US, stay here for two years, and be eligible to work in the US during that time. If you are eligible for a US Green Card after you enter, you would be eligible to file for the Green Card once you are in the US, instead of through the long process at a US Embassy outside of the US. Act fast on this opportunity to enter the US because the program could end as quickly and unexpectedly as it started.

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call 617-714-4375 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

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Marriage-Based Green Card Document Guide

We work hard to make your immigration case easy for you. Use this easy guide to help you organize the documents that you would use if you are eligible to submit an application for a marriage-based green card application. You should consult with an attorney to figure out if you are eligible for a green card before you submit any applications or documents to the U.S. government.