Ms. Sharon Poorak is senior counsel in the Immigration practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. With over thirty years of immigration law experience, she focuses her business immigration law practice primarily on H, L, PERM, I140 and related I485 issues. Ms. Poorak represents corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, developing comprehensive immigration plans to ensure consistency among filed applications and compliance with all applicable regulations.
Ms. Poorak served as Director of Education for the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC, where she developed the educational programs for the association’s 10,0000+ members based upon the latest immigration law developments from Congress and federal agencies, and represented indigent individuals in immigration custody as Director of the Detention Project for Catholic Social Services.
She has been a frequent speaker at various immigration conferences nationwide, a guest lecturer on business immigration law at University of Georgia School of Law and Georgia State University School of Law, as well as business law presentations at Emory University, University of Florida and a panel member representing practitioners debating the impact of the new Georgia immigration laws with various law makers, law school professors and law enforcement officials at the University of Georgia School of Law. She appeared before the US Supreme Court with her previous law partners on an immigration related case involving EAJA fees.
- J.D., Georgia State University College of Law (1986)
- B.S. in Criminal Justice, Georgia State University (1982)
- Member of AILA National Distance Learning Committee 2016-present
- Chair of AILA Advocacy Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2015-2016
- Member of AILA CBP Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2011-2014
- Member of AILA Advocacy Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2011-2012
- AILA Board of Governors, 1993-1995
- Founding member of the AILA Georgia-Alabama chapter Pro Bono Committee
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