Club Meeting (4/23): Immigration Reform

by Gabe Quinto

With Immigration reform changing day to day and becoming more bipartisan, the Club decided to feature the topic in this newsletter and at our upcoming April 23rd meeting.

To make sense of it all, the ECDC will have Attorney J Craig Fong speak on Immigration Reform. He grew up in El Cerrito and attended Kennedy and El Cerrito High Schools, graduating in the class of 1975.

J has been practicing law for over thirty years. Although his legal career started with large corporate law firms, handling bank mergers and acquisitions, he gravitated toward community-based and civil rights work. He served as Assistant Director of the immigration project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1989-1992), Director of the Immigration Project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (1986-1989), and Director of the Downtown Immigration Advocates, a nonprofit project of the United Methodist Church. In the 1990s, he also worked as an advocate for gay and lesbian civil rights as the Regional Director of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.

J has had his own immigration law practice in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles since 1996. His practice is devoted exclusively to immigration and nationality issues, focusing primarily on family-related cases, investor visas, intercompany transferees, and hardship and national interest waivers. He has also taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars, including some sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

J was educated and trained at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Coro Foundation. J, his husband, and their two cats live in Los Angeles and split their time between Southern California and Paris, France. And if that didn’t peak your interest, he’s also a life-long Democrat.