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Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law

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Abigail M. Peterson

 

Abigail M. Peterson, a native of Sewanee, Tennessee, graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She traveled during college to Africa where she studied cultural anthropology and inequities in water distribution in Kenya. Abigail first began working in the field of immigration law in 2004, for a firm in San Antonio, Texas. This early experience inspired Abigail to attend law school at the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where she focused on human rights. During law school, Abigail worked with the United Nations in The Hague, serving both the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. After graduating from law school in 2008, she pursued immigration law full-time, working for private attorneys and immigrants’ rights organizations.

Abigail moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 2009 to work with the immigrant community statewide. She has offered “Know Your Rights” presentations across the state and presented trainings on U-Nonimmigrant Status and ICE Detainers. She was a featured speaker at Millsaps College’s Constitution Day in 2010 and spoke before the Mississippi Senate Judiciary B Committee regarding proposed immigration laws in the State in 2012. She was featured in Boom Jackson Magazine as a young influential in 2012.

Abigail began at Elmore & Associates, P.A., in November of 2010. She is the senior attorney in the Immigration Department. Bringing her years of experience to the firm, Abigail focuses her case work predominately on complex issues in Immigration law, Family-based visas, Employment-based visas, as well as other areas of immigration law.

Abigail is licensed in Massachusetts state courts, Mississippi state and federal courts and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a member of:  American Immigration Lawyers Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-South Chapter; Mississippi Bar Association; and National Immigration Project.

 

Jeremy D. Litton

 

Jeremy D. Litton grew up in Meridian, Mississippi but also has significant ties to the Mississippi Delta.  Jeremy graduated from Meridian High School in 1999.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College, majoring in history and minoring in classical studies.

While in college, Jeremy interned for the United States Senate on Capitol Hill and in Jackson, Mississippi.  During his internship at the United States Capitol, Jeremy was assigned to the Governmental Affairs committee and was involved in the legislative creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  Jeremy’s internship led to full time employment where he was introduced to immigration topics as a caseworker for immigration as well as a number of other subjects.  

Jeremy always intended to go to law school and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2008, where he was also named to Phi Delta Phi National Law Honorary.  

After law school, Jeremy worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Division of Medicaid and acted as an attorney adviser for the Social Security Administration, where he received multiple awards for exemplary service to the agency as well as a citation from the Deputy Commissioner.

During his tenure with the Social Security Administration, Jeremy acted as the key employee for the Combined Federal Campaign and served on the Greater Jackson Area coordinating committee. Jeremy also acted as the office coordinator for Feds Feed Families food drive.  Jeremy has an Outstanding Professionalism Award from the Mississippi Bar and is a graduate of Leadership Jackson.  Jeremy joined Elmore & Peterson on June 1, 2015.  Jeremy is married with three children and attends Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church.  

 

Presentation Date: April 1, 2017

 

Only paid registrants are allowed to add the provided CLE sessions to their NALS.org Professional Development Journal. 

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