“We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment

The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free, public Zoom program “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment. Participants may sign in starting at 1:30 pm; the program starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Individuals may join the Zoom meeting […]

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How to change your name in California, Part Two

I previously wrote an overview about how to change your name in California. I am now going to give you the specifics of how to do it. Again, I am focusing on applying for a name change in Solaono County but the forms are the same throughout California. What forms are required? You will need […]

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How to change your name in California, Part One

changing your name

My immigration clients often end up with documents that have different names on them.  They will have a passport with one name and a driver’s license with another.  When it comes time to apply for a green card, they want to change their name to match the name on their driver’s license but USCIS will […]

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Giving talk in Benicia on Immigration law

On November 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.,  I will be giving a talk on Immigration Law along with Brett Snider, attorney and director of legal services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco.  The talk will take place at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. 2nd Street, in Benicia. We will be focusing […]

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When our own government tortures

More often that not, I feel like I live in a dystopian novel.  Unfortunately the events of today are real.  Over the past year I have been hearing about the numbers of people at the border seeking asylum.  I could not believe it was true.  Yet, according to Physicians for Human Rights, as of August […]

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End of Year Giving Safety

The year of 2015 is drawing to a close.  Immigrants and citizens alike receive spam email as well as legitimate email from organizations requesting donations.  I am happy to feature a post written by guest blogger Melba Pearson who gives tips on how to determine if the request for a donation is legitimate or not. […]

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Asylum denied to North Korean due to firm resettlement in South Korea

May a citizen of North Korea be granted political asylum despite being firmly resettled in South Korea?  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently said, “no.” In Jang v. Lynch, — F.3d. — (9th Cir. 2015) the applicant, Sung Kil Jang, was born in North Korea and is a citizen of North Korea.  He was persecuted […]

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