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First Wednesday Series: U.S. Immigration and Asylum Law - Beyond the Headlines and Politics
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This session will discuss the following topics:

  • Asylum and Refugees – What is the law?  How is it distinct from other aspects of U.S. Immigration Law? 
  • Clarifying the human rights issues - removal proceedings, due process and defenses.

Richard Hanus, Esquire, Law Offices of Richard Hanus (Chicago, Elgin and Waukegan)

Richard Hanus is a veteran immigration lawyer with offices in Chicago and the suburbs of Elgin and Waukegan, Illinois   He received his B.S. from Northwestern University and J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.  In 1991, Richard established the Law Offices of Richard Hanus, representing clientele across the U.S. and globally in family and employment based immigration matters, as well as in defense of removal/deportation proceedings. 

Richard practices before U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies including Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice/Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as U.S. District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeal.  

Richard is a frequent lecturer on immigration law topics for the immigration law, criminal defense, corporate/employment and family law bars. He provides pro bono counsel through various social services agencies, including the ARK Chicago and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and chaired numerous government liaison and pro bono committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. For the past 3 years, Richard has been Co-Chair of AILA Chicago’s liaison committees with DHS’ Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Chicago Field Office, as well as the State of Illinois - Secretary of State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.   

Richard has appeared on Frontline, NBC Nightly News, and Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago and his writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal and bi-weekly at (“Richard’s Blog”).  Richard’s federal litigation activity of note includes the deportation defense cases of Fitzpatrick v. Sessions, 847 F.3d 913 (7th Cir. 2017), cert denied; Keathley v. Holder, 696 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2012) – the latter of which became the subject of the acclaimed Off Broadway play, The Courtroom.

John M. Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer, the Regulatory Section Leader of the Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group, is a nationally recognized banking attorney who advises financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters.  He also serves as a founding co-director of the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches classes on banking, national security, and the Holocaust.  Among his other publications, John is the editor of, and contributor to, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, recently published by the American Bar Association, and is the co-editor of an upcoming treatise on legal issues surrounding the Holocaust.


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