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Week of November 21, 2005


Come to our Bake sale on Monday, November 21st!

Come satisfy your sweet tooth at the APALSA bake sale, from 9am to 2pm in the Spak. Please help support APALSA and our volunteering efforts in the community.


Immigration: Policy, Advocacy and Practice.

Come to our lunchtime speaker event on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 12:15 to 1:30pm in Room C35. Featuring a distinguished panel of speakers! Hear from:

  • Bonita Hwang Cho '95, Partner at the Law offices of Cheng, Cho & Yee. Ms. Cho specializes in immigration and nationality law. She recently argued and won a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The court held that where a Chicago Immigration Judge reversed a Cincinnati Immigration Judge’s decision on a motion to reopen and rescind an in absentia removal order, that reversal was an abuse of discretion. She received her J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her B.S. degree in Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

    Ms. Cho is a past president of the Korean American Bar Association and is also a member and past co-chair for the Asylum Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has also previously chaired the Immigration Law Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Hwang Cho is currently co-chairing the Solo/Small Firm Committee of the National Asian and Pacific American Bar Association.

  • Ajitha Reddy, Solo Practitioner at the Reddy Law Office. Ms. Reddy is a 1999 graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. She concentrates in the area of Family and Immigration Law. Ms. Reddy does extensive pro bono work with indigent South Asian clients, particularly victims of violence through Apna Ghar. Ms. Reddy has developed and executed a successful jurisdictional challenge to the validity of an ex parte Islamic "talaq" divorce obtained in Bangladesh. She has lectured on immigration options for shortage healthcare workers.
  • Fred Tsao, Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Mr. Tsao analyzes changes in immigration policies and procedures and assists with the coalition's legislative advocacy efforts. After receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan, Mr. Tsao practiced law at the Rockford office of Prairie State Legal Services. He has also worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation, and the Missouri Public Interest Research Group. A native of Chicago, Mr. Tsao is the son of immigrants from China, and has had a lifelong concern with immigration issues.
Together, they have a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors.

They will discuss various perspectives of immigration, including the historical aspect, changes since 9/11, and the impact on and challenges faced by the Asian community.

All are welcome-- lunch will be served!


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