Practice Leadership

At SGG, our family and removal team is comprised of some of the most nationally known  U.S. Immigration attorneys in the field of family and removal defense.

 

Helen A. Sklar

Helen A. Sklar has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law since 1985. She has worked in non-profit community agencies, immigration law clinics, and volunteer programs.  She ran her own immigration practice from 1991 to 2009 during which she represented hundreds of non-citizens in deportation, removal, citizenship, ... Read More

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for the years 2010 – 2012, and 2015 – 2018.  Ms. Skomra served as a team leader within the ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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11 October 2018

Changes to USCIS policies – Shifting cases to Immigration Court

This summer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a new policy increasing the scope of people who may receive a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) in removal proceedings, and also a new policy increasing an officer’s power to deny petitions or applications without issuing a Request for Evidence (“RFE”). Together, these ... Read More

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8 October 2018

Board of Immigration Appeals Undermines Benefit of CA Law

In 2015, the California legislature changed the state criminal laws regarding punishment for misdemeanors.  The state law previously said that misdemeanors were punishable by up to 365 days in county jail.  Under new section 18.5 of the California Penal Code, misdemeanors are now punishable by up to 364 days.  And ... Read More

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5 October 2018

COURT ORDER TEMPORARILY HALTS TERMINATION OF TPS

  A federal judge in Northern California has issued an order temporarily halting the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS for these countries was set to terminate on various dates in 2018 and 2019; the earliest being Sudan which was set to ... Read More

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