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Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Legal Advisory Board

In 2008 the Immigrants' Rights Clinic welcomed the inaugural members of their Legal Advisory Board (LAB). The experienced attorneys on the LAB have generously volunteered expert advice and guidance on various areas of immigration law to the clinic.

The current members of the Legal Advisory Board are:

Susan Bowyer

Susan Bowyer has been Managing Attorney at the Oakland Office of the International Institute of the Bay Area since 2003. IIBA provides immigration legal services for low income immigrants, and has special expertise in immigration applications for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. Susan is a 1992 graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Service Law Fellow. She has also worked as a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and was Acting Director of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment.

Randall Caudle

Randall Caudle is an immigration attorney in San Francisco, CA where he represents businesses, families and individuals from around the world. Caudle is also an Adjunct Law Professor of Immigration & Refugee law at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA. Randall is currently the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter President and also serves on the AILA National Board of Governors.

Caudle has served on various AILA National committees, including serving for 3 years on the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services California Service Center liaison committee. Caudle is currently the chair of the AILA National Fundamentals conference in Memphis, TN and is a frequent speaker at both national and local AILA conferences for immigration attorneys. Randall also serves on AILA National's Military Assistance Program (MAP), which helps Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorneys and U.S. military service members with immigration issues.

Caudle serves as a mentor attorney for the U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants Rights, National Center for Immigrant & Refugee Children. Caudle is also a former in-house immigration attorney for a technology company in Silicon Valley.

Sin Yen Ling

Sin Yen Ling is a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus focusing on immigrants rights. She is a former staff attorney at the New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) where she has spent 6 years conducting litigation and advocacy in the areas of anti-Asian violence, racial profiling and immigrant detention/deportation. A native New Yorker, Ling was born in Manhattan's Chinatown to immigrant parents who worked in garment factories and restaurants. She is a graduate of New York University and City University of New York School of Law. Ling managed AALDEF's Immigrant Access to Justice Project which has been at the forefront of providing direct representation to South Asian, Arab, Filipino and Muslim immigrant detainees facing indefinite detention after September 11 and has been a leading advocate for the defense of civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and their families.

Ling has been quoted in the New York Times, Newsweek, New Jersey Law Journal, Crain's New York Business and the Financial Times and has been profiled in the Village Voice. In 2002, she was selected as one of the Top 25 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2003, she was awarded the New York County Lawyer's Association's Public Service Award and the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyers Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2005, she received the Alumni award from CUNY Law School's Public Interest Law Association, Proclamation of Service from New York City's City Council, and the Community Service Award from the Islamic Circle of North America.

Bernardo Merino

Bernardo Merino was born in Mexico and moved with his family to the United States in 1985. After his graduation from the University of California, San Diego with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, Merino returned to Mexico to work with the organization Alianza Civica as an Electoral Observer for the 1994 Mexican presidential election. From 1995 to 1996, Bernardo served as speechwriter and advisor to the President of the Mexican Senate. Merino earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law School. Merino is a member of the California State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. His practice focuses in immigration matters exclusively.

Daniel Shanfield

Daniel Shanfield is the founding attorney of Daniel Shanfield, Esq. & Associates - Immigration Defense. He has previously served as an INS litigation attorney who advised the Government on a wide array of immigration law issues. Before entering private practice, Shanfield was the Legal Services Manager with the U.S. refugee program in Vienna, Austria, and was adjunct clinical law professor at New York Law School in Downtown Manhattan. Shanfield has also served in Central Asia as a migration and refugee advisor to the United Nations, and as an attorney overseeing pro bono legal representation in New York for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, now Human Rights First. While in law school, Shanfield externed for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Shanfield is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA. He is past Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and past Chair of the Immigration Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Daniel is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Pro Bono Immigration Court Panel and an asylum law mentor for the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Ilyce Shugall

Ilyce Shugall has been practicing law since 1999. She joined Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, in October of 2001. Her practice focuses on all areas of removal defense, the intersection between criminal and immigration law, family based immigration, and asylum. She also represents victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes in applications for visas and permanent residency. Her practice also includes advising criminal defense attorneys of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to joining Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, Shugall worked for two years at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) as a National Association of Public Interest Law Equal Justice Fellow. At ProBAR, Shugall conducted daily live group rights presentations to individuals detained by the legacy INS and provided direct representation to indigent immigrants before the Immigration Court. While in law school, Shugall worked at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University and spent a summer in Lima, Peru working for the Defensoria del Pueblo.Shugall is fluent in Spanish.

Shugall is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and served on the executive board of the Bay Area Chapter from 2004 to 2007. She is currently serving as the Executive Office for Immigration Review Pro Bono Coordinator for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.