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  • Apr 29, 2019Janice Arellano and William Menard to Present “Best Practices Serving Immigrant Families Impacted by Special Education and Immigration Laws”

    Janice V. Arellano and William C. Menard, Associates at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Best Practices in Serving Immigrant Students and Families Impacted By Special Education and Immigration Laws,” from noon – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.  The presentation, sponsored by Teach for America, will be part of New Jersey’s First Annual Homecoming event, a two-day celebration of community service, alumni induction, and workshops.

    The two-part presentation will include an overview of laws impacting immigrant families navigating the education system, such as Plyler v. Doe, and review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and English Language Acquisition legislation. Menard will also discuss his work in removal defense, family-based immigration, and corporate immigration. Additional topics will include how children and schools in New Jersey are affected by immigration laws and executive policies, local and state sanctuary city orders, deportation proceedings in mixed-status households, workplace immigration raids, and deportation proceedings in mixed-status households. The event, to run from 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, will feature workshops led by teachers, public and charter school administrators, school district leaders, and community organizations; a networking breakfast and happy hour, an alumni induction luncheon, and more. Registration is free to the public, but educators and community organizations in the Newark/Paterson area are especially encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Arellano concentrates her practice in general litigation with an emphasis in tort claims defense, employment and civil rights, both in State, and Federal court. She represents colleges and universities, businesses, hospitals and medical providers in a wide range of matters.  Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Janice was an associate at a New Jersey-based insurance defense firm, gaining experience in employment law, personal injury defense, school board and special education matters. Before law school, Janice was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and taught for three years in West Philadelphia charter schools as a part of Teach for America. Janice currently serves in leadership roles for non-profit boards and professional committees. She is also active in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion with Hispanic/Latino and Asian Pacific American organizations.  She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. She completed her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law, and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Menard has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also represented clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, and presenting petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has also represented clients from countries in six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.  In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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