For more than 20 years, Joanna has served as both attorney-representative and confidant to colleges and universities. Joanna understands that to effectively attend to and resolve the unique issues that arise on college campuses, a higher education attorney must be able to connect the immediate issues to the history and vision of each institution.
To achieve this, Joanna takes the time to fully partner with her clients, building relationships with key administrators and board members. With these resources at hand, Joanna is able to efficiently and appropriately counsel her clients in times of calm or crisis across a range of issues, including:
Bringing the World to College Campuses
Throughout her career, Joanna has assisted colleges and universities in their quest to impart the highest levels of academic excellence to their students. She has facilitated the immigration of international faculty to college campuses from more than 35 countries around the world by steering her institutional clients through the increasingly complex menu of work authorization options, including:
- Nonimmigrant visa petitions (H-1B, O-1, etc.),
- Immigrant visa petitions (PERM, outstanding professor or researcher, persons of extraordinary ability and special recruitment permanent residence petitions), and
- Student issues (F-1, J-1, OPT, SEVIS, etc.).
Keeping Her Clients on Top
Joanna also advises her clients in employment issues, from Form I-9 compliance to taxation issues. Joanna regularly represents clients before the New York State Division of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In addition, she conducts training for academic administration, faculty and staff on such issues as FERPA, business immigration, sexual harassment and board governance.
Joanna has been quoted in Crain's New York Business, Forbes and Employment Law 360. In addition, Joanna has been an invited speaker on various higher education and immigration topics at nationally attended professional conferences.