Amy Lenhert

Amy Prokop Lenhert has expertise in a broad range immigration matters and is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of California, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.  She wrote the successful petition for rehearing in the De Osorio v. Mayorkas case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, challenging the government’s restrictive interpretation of the automatic conversion clause of the Child Status Protection Act. She was then part of the legal team defending the Ninth Circuit’s decision before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to her federal court practice, Amy has represented clients in removal proceedings throughout the United States; assisting her clients in obtaining cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonresidents, waivers for fraud and criminal convictions, and applications for asylum.  She has successfully represented clients with administrative appeals to both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office.

Amy also regularly represents individuals in connection with family-based visa petitions, unlawful presence waivers, applications for naturalization, and complex citizenship claims.

Amy believes strongly in the importance of giving back, and has provided pro bono legal services through a variety of organizations including the AILA Military Assistance Program, Kids in Need of Defense, Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, and the Los Angeles County Bar.

Amy received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2003.  During her studies at Loyola, she received two First Honors Awards for outstanding coursework in Immigration and Criminal Law, and in the International Protection of Human Rights.

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

 

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Citizenship Through Parents: California Gold Rush (AILA Annual Conference June 2018)
  • Speaker, Business Immigration Litigation Practices (AILA Business Litigation Conference September 2017)
  • Speaker, Overcoming Naturalization Delays and Denials (AILA Teleconference March 2016)
  • Speaker, After the Dust Has Settled: The Current Status of the CSPA (AILA Annual Conference June 2015)
  • Speaker, Litigation at the Ninth Circuit (AILA Southern California Chapter Meeting 2015)
  • Speaker, Child Status Protection Act (Rocky Mountain Immigration Law Conference 2014)
  • Speaker, Filing Your First Non Immigrant Waiver (AILA Southern California Chapter CLE Event 2014)
  • Speaker, Child Status Protection Act, Retaining Your Sanity (AILA Teleconference 2014)
  • Speaker, Litigation (AILA Fall CLE Conference 2009)

 

Professional Service

  • Litigation Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2014 – present)

 

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Juris Doctor

 

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Nebraska

Bar Admission

  • California (2003)
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