Social Justice Teach-In

On Saturday, February 9th, our first event was the 19th Annual Social Justice Teach-in organized by the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) along with CWRU organizations like Alpha Phi Omega, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Lambda Eta Mu, and the Social Justice Institute. The gathering took place at the Tinkham Veale University Center at CWRU and offered over 30 workshops on pressing topics. To no surprise, the workshop

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The Future of Parks and Public Spaces

Our second event for Friday, February 8th, was a sold-out program at the City Club titled “The Future of Parks and Public Spaces.” Mr. Mitchell Silver, the Parks Commissioner of New York City, was the principal speaker. We were seated at a table with Mr. Jonathan Holody, the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Euclid who shared with the progress of the Waterfront Project which will increase

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Morning Buzz: Workplace Culture

On Friday, February 8th, we arose early and drove to the Hilton Market Garden Inn on Market Street in Akron, where we attended the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Morning Buzz,” which consisted of networking and a presentation. On this day, the speaker was Mr. Ned Parks, the owner of  Aegis 360 Consulting, which was founded in 2000 with a focus on leadership/supervisory training and conflict mediation. The title

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Bishop Perez on Immigration

Our last event for Thursday, was the 2019 Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture at the Unsalata Alumni Center at CWRU. The speaker was the Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, who talked about “Immigration and the Dignity of the Human Person.” Bishop Perez made it clear in the beginning of his address that he was not speaking as an authority on immigration, an attorney, a politician, or as

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First Friday Club with Brooke Taylor

Our second event for Thursday, February 7th, was a First Friday Club luncheon at that took place, as almost always, at the City Club of Cleveland.  This program was originally scheduled to take place on January 31st but it was postponed due to inclement weather. Accordingly, even though the number of attendees was not as high as it was for other gatherings, quite a few people still managed to rework

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Black History Month Entrepreuneurs

On Wednesday, February 6th, we went to the Rotunda in Cleveland City Hall for a Black History Month event in which two entrepreneurs were honored for building successful businesses that have enriched the Cleveland community. The program began with some words by Ms. Sonya Shakir, Program Coordinator at Burton, Bar, and Carr Development, who reminded us that African-Americans have been business-owners since the 18th century. Ms. Shakir was followed by

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“How America Confronts Terror”

Our second event for Tuesday, February 5th, was a Happy Dog Takes on the World gathering located at the Happy Dog (where else?) on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. The event was titled “How America Confronts Terror” and it consisted of a conversation between Mr. Tony Ganzer, WCPN host/producer, and Professor Joshua A. Geltzer, Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council from 2015 to 2017 and now the Executive

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Malaysian scholar suffers extreme hardship but earns Green Card

Scholar faces hardship The strength of a family is often defined by the challenges that test each members resolve, devotion, and commitment towards achieving a common goal. For our Malaysian client and his family, building a life in the United States amidst the most extreme personal hardship proved that no challenge is too great and no goal is ever too far away. After assisting our client for over ten years,

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Around India with a Movie Camera

On Tuesday, February 5th, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Art to watch Around India with a Movie Camera. It is a 2018 documentary film created by Ms. Sandhya Suri, a British/Indian writer and director, from hours of footage stored in the national archives of the British Film Institute covering the time period when India was under British colonial rule. The end result is an entrancing look at India, its people and customs,

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Unknown removal order taken care of for client to receive naturalization approval

Our client retained our firm after her naturalization application was denied. Prior to obtaining lawful permanent resident status, she had an outstanding removal order. It stemmed from an application filed by an immigration consultant almost 10 years ago. She was unaware of the removal order. USCIS was also initially unaware of the order and granted her application for permanent resident status. She subsequently filed for naturalization. However, at that time

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