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LEGAL EXPERIENCE


LAW OFFICES OF ALISA S. THOMAS


Immigration Law, deportation defense, business immigration, family immigration, 9th circuit work and general immigration practice.



THE FIRM


I have had my own firm since 1999 to present that specializes in litigation.
November 1999/Present  



LAW OFFICES OF MARTHA J. OLSEN


Law Clerk: Took initial client intake, drafted Petitions, Motions, Response and Points and Authorities.
May 1998-August 1998, July 1999-November 1999



BAKER & McKENZIE


Internship in Immigration Section. Worked on L1-A, L1-B, H1-B, EB-1, EB-2 visas. Researched and wrote standard client information memos on proposed H1-B changes in immigration regulations.
February 1999 - May 1999



SAN JOSE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT


Externship with Judge Ware. Dealt in all aspects of federal court duties: bench memos, researched law, wrote orders. Assisted in trials, settlement conferences, case conference meetings and scheduling.
August 1998 - December 1998



MEXICAN CONSULATE


Legal Research and Writing. Wrote memos on various current legal topics, including California Proposition 187, 209 and 215 for the Mexican government.



EAST SAN JOSE COMMUNITY LAW CENTER


Researched and prepared briefs for suspension of deportation immigration cases, represented clients in court with supervising attorneys, concluded client interviews, interpreted for Spanish speaking clients, and various administrative duties.
Summer 1997 - May 1998


Education

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Santa Clara, CA. J.D., May 1999

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz, CA. M.S. Economics, June 1988

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Minneapolis, MN. M.A. French Literature, June 1986

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Irvine, CA. B.A., Economics and B.S., French, June 1983, Phi Beta Kappa Cum Laude.

Languages

Fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Board of Directors

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (AILA) Chair - Santa Clara Valley Chapter
May 2006 - May 2007

SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
Santa Cruz, CA. Since April 2000. Treasurer since April 2005.








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