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Immigration Matters: Hiring and Retaining The Best and Brightest


    BAHREC Dinner Meeting

    Wednesday, June 18
    Location: Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View

    Immigration Matters: Hiring and Retaining The Best and Brightest 

     Ilana Drummond and Daniel Horne, Jackson & Hertogs LLP

    • To the increasing aggravation of many Bay Area HR professionals, the H-1B visa cap for foreign professionals, engineers, and scientists was oversubscribed as of the first week of eligibility. What can employers do to bridge the gap until new H-1B visa numbers become available? What other visa categories can companies count on to secure the best talent?  In this session, we will examine the H-1B crisis in depth along with several other issues that are critical to employers including:
    • Alternatives to the popular H-1B visa
    • Changes to F-1 Optional Practical Training for recent foreign university graduates
    • E-Verify: What are the pros and cons of participating?
    • Update on changes to the PERM labor certification program
    • Delays in immigrant visa availability (the so-called "retrogression" problem) 
    The session will review some of the more important recent changes in the immigration arena, as well as the status of upcoming legislation and long-term strategies to retain foreign professionals and scientists. Immigration law and policy is dynamic, yet staying abreast is crucial when it comes to hiring and retaining the best and the brightest employees in 2008 and beyond. 

    About The Speakers

    Ilana  J. Drummond

     Ilana J. Drummond obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1983 and her J.D. degree from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1990. While at Hastings , she served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Communication and Entertainment Law Journal. Ilana joined the firm in 1989, became an associate in 1991 and a partner in 2002. She has been the firm’s managing partner since 2004. Having focused her practice exclusively on immigration matters for her entire career, Ilana has developed an expertise in helping large and small corporations address their immigration needs in unique and efficient ways. In 2004, Ilana served as Program Chair for the 17th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference “Riding the Waves”. She co-authored the article entitled “AC21 H-1B Extensions for Substitution Labor Certification Beneficiaries” which was published by AILA as part of the course materials for the 17th annual conference. Ilana is an invited speaker at various venues including AILA conferences, Practicing Law Institute and HR conferences. She has received the Martindale-Hubbell® directory’s highest rating (“AV”), and is listed within its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers and has been listed as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine since 2005. Ilana is also listed in the International Bar Association’s Who’s Who Legal for Corporate Immigration and Who’s Who Legal: California 2007.

    Daniel C. Horne
    Daniel obtained his BA degree from UCLA in 1991, and his JD degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1994, where he served as Production Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. Daniel is a member of the State Bar of Colorado. Daniel hold over a decade of experience assisting corporations and individuals with immigration and nationality matters. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® directory’s highest rating (“AV”), and is listed within its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers. Daniel is a monthly columnist for Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, a LexisNexis® periodical providing news and analysis to immigration lawyers nationwide. His law review article proposing changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program appeared in the Stanford Law and Policy Review’s Spring 2005 issue. A long-standing and active member of AILA, Daniel is regularly invited to speak at both national and state AILA conferences, and he is currently an active member of AILA’s USCIS California Service Center Liaison Committee. Daniel also volunteers his time to mentor AILA immigration attorneys on business immigration issues, and to attorneys providing pro bono assistance to asylum seekers through the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights