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Nadeen Aljijakli Nadeen Aljijakli, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense, asylum, and family-based immigration. Ms. Aljijakli has become a leading attorney in the country for Syrian asylum claims and has been featured in various news segments. Ms. Aljijakli represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and federal court litigation. Ms. Aljijakli has also handled business immigration matters in the medical and university research sectors. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's client successes.

Ms. Aljijakli developed her expertise in immigration law working with nationally recognized lawyers at leading law firms in the country, including Duane Morris' Immigration Practice Group and Maggio & Kattar, PC, in Washington, DC, as well as Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in New York. Ms. Aljijakli is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (2005), where she was a finalist in a national family law moot court competition, and a graduate of New York University, where she majored in Economics. During law school, Ms. Aljijakli was selected as a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court). Ms. Aljijakli also interned at leading non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Ms. Aljijakli has given numerous presentations at seminars and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on immigration law. Her article, "INA §319(b): Expedited Naturalization with No Physical Presence Requirement for Spouse of U.S. Citizen Employed Abroad," was published in The Consular Practice Handbook, 2011-2012 Edition. She has also authored a section on "Torture," in Springer's Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Her recent articles include "Syrians under Fire: Seeking Asylum in America" and "U.S. Serves as Safe-Haven for Syrians with TPS Extended" in AILA's online publication, VOICE; and "Statutory Bars to Asylum: What Is So Serious About a 'Particularly Serious Crime?'" in AILA's 2012 Annual Conference Handbook.

She is active in AILA, where she is Coordinator of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) and recently served as Cleveland Advocacy Liaison Officer for the Ohio chapter, as well as the chapter's 2012 CLE Conference Chair. She has also served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Detention Committee, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter. Ms. Aljijakli is currently a member of AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section and AILA-Ohio's Advocacy Committee. She recently served on the board of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO), a political action group. She is also a co-founder of the New York Chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community, and serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Ms. Aljijakli is a native Arabic speaker.

Ms. Aljijakli is admitted in Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Aljijakli at nadeen@akimmigration.com for a consultation.

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Lauren M. Kosseff Lauren M. Kosseff practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Kosseff represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and federal court litigation. She has extensive experience in preparing appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts. In addition to her immigration practice, Ms. Kosseff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project where she supervises students in their preparation of asylum applications.

Ms. Kosseff has worked in private practice in New York City since 2008 handling a wide range of immigration matters. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Kosseff developed her expertise in immigration law as a staff attorney at the Immigration Unit for the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assisted federal judges in addressing complex immigration topics, including jurisdiction, adverse credibility determinations, exceptions to the requirements for filing motions to reopen, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School (2006), Ms. Kosseff served as a law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court), where she prepared draft decisions for the judges involving immigration issues such as asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, aggravated felonies, and crimes involving moral turpitude.

During law school, Ms. Kosseff interned with the Immigration Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New Jersey Immigration Court). Ms. Kosseff's article, "Two Immigrants, Two Standards," was published in the Washington Post (2006). Ms. Kosseff graduated from Tufts University and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development.

Ms. Kosseff is fluent in Spanish. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language prior to becoming an attorney and has been awarded for her extraordinary commitment to youth. While studying abroad in Bolivia, she conducted a study on the U.S. War on Drugs' effect on Bolivian children who live in prison with their parents. Ms. Kosseff is admitted in New York and New Jersey (inactive). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Kosseff at lauren@akimmigration.com for a consultation.