Attorney Bios

Volunteer Corps


Allan Wernick

Allan Wernick

Allan Wernick is a professor at Baruch College, City University New York (CUNY), and the Director of CUNY Citizenship Now!. His weekly column, "Immigration and Citizenship" is syndicated by King Features Syndicate, and his column "Immigration Advice" appears twice weekly in the New York Daily News. Professor Wernick has taught immigration and policy at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and at California State University at Dominguez Hills.

Professor Wernick has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as Chair of the Immigration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and as President of the New York Chapter of AILA. He has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio programs, including CNN's Crossfire and The Phil Donahue Show.




Tamara Bloom

Tamara Bloom

Tamara R. Bloom, Esq. is a Staff Attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now!.  She has been an advocate for the rights of under-represented people since 1999 and has worked in private practice, non-profits and legal services agencies providing advocacy on behalf of immigrants and people with disabilities.  She is a graduate of Binghamton University and CUNY School of Law.  While a student at CUNY,  she represented battered immigrant women in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic.  Tamara is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York City Bar Association.




Midori Hills

Midori Hills

Midori Hills is the Staff Attorney at the York College Immigration Center.  She is a graduate of the CUNY Law School and has worked in Immigration Legal Services since then.  Prior to CUNY, she was a Staff Attorney at a legal services office in New York working in employment based immigration for nonprofit organizations and teachers.  Midori has provided trainings on a wide variety of immigration issues to lawyers, paralegals and other professionals.



Maggie Kawinski

Maggie Kawinski

Maggie Kawinski is a Staff Attorney at the Medgar Evers College Immigration Center in Brooklyn and at the College of Staten Island, El Centro, and Project Hospitality Immigration Center in Staten Island. She is a graduate of CUNY Law School, Class of 2005.  Her immigration law experience includes working as a student intern with CUNY Law School's Immigrant Initiatives Project and its Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic.  Born in Poland, she immigrated with her parents to the United States.  She was raised in Buffalo, NY, and received her Bachelors Degree from SUNY Buffalo.




Euna Kim

Euna Kim

Euna Kim is the Staff Attorney at the Queensborough Immigration Center at Flushing. She interned with The Bronx and Queens District Attorneys' office and Legal Aid Society and she worked for The City of New York as a Corporation Counsel and for Children's Law Society as a law guardian. She is a graduate of Hofstra School of Law and of the City College of New York.




Alexandra Lee

Alexandra Lee

Alexandra Lee is a part-time Staff Attorney at Hostos College Immigration Centers. After working in finance, determined to follow her passion for social justice, Alexandra decided to pursue a career in public interest law. During law school, she provided anti-eviction representation to clients through the Western Massachusetts Legal Services Clinic, and interned at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Prior to CUNY, Alexandra worked in a family based immigration law practice researching asylum issues. She is a graduate of Western New England School of Law and Queens College.




Andres

 Andres Perches Lemons


Andres Lemons became interested in immigration law while in law school in Arizona.  He witnessed difficulties and injustices immigrants face on a daily basis, ranging from workplace discrimination to mistreatment in schools.  Upon graduation, he started volunteering with Citizenship Now! in late 2008, first going to the Saturday naturalization events, and then helping out regularly at one of the centers. He was then offered a part-time position and has been working with Citizenship Now! since then.  "Volunteering not only gives you an opportunity to help others, but is also a way to get practical, hands-on experience," says Andres about what moved him to volunteer in the first place.

Andres thinks the most pressing issue most immigrants face today is lack of information. "It is very important to inform people of the various nonprofit agencies that assist with immigration and naturalization and of the various ways to find information themselves."  As a Citizenship Now! staff attorney Andres provides needed information to the hundreds of visitors that come to the center he directs at CUNY Express Immigration Center.




Luz Medrano

Luz Medrano


Luz Medrano is the Staff Attorney at Hostos College Immigration Center in the Bronx.  She is a graduate of The CUNY School of Law and Amherst College.  While a student at CUNY, Luz represented battered immigrant women with their VAWA applications through the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic.  Also during law school, she was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship through the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she worked in the Refugee Assistance Program interviewing potential asylum applicants.  Originally from Brooklyn, Luz is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.




Elinor Drukner

Elinor Druckner Rahmani

Elinor Drucker Rahmani is a part time Staff Attorney for CUNY Citizenship Now. A graduate of New York Law School, she has more than twenty years of experience as an immigration attorney. Elinor has lectured on immigration issues and has participated in many pro bono immigration clinics. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey.




Thomas Shea

Thomas Shea

Thomas J. Shea, Esq. is the Interim Legal Director. Before coming to CUNY Citizenship Now!, Tom was the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Tom provided trainings on various immigration law topics such as Citizenship and Naturalization, Adjustment of Status, Family-based Immigration Law, Unlawful Presence, and Relief from Removal. Tom also provided technical assistance (i.e., legal support) to the staff of authorized nonprofit immigration legal service organizations to help them better serve their clients. Before working with the NYIC, Tom worked for 10 years with CLINIC – the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in Washington, DC, El Paso, and New York City. Tom is a graduate of The American University Washington College of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Washington State.




Susan Thorn

Susan Thorn

Susan Thorn is a Staff Attorney at City College Immigration Center. Prior to joining CUNY, she worked with refugees and asylum seekers in London, United Kingdom as Projects Manager for a refugee community organization. In New York, Susan practiced immigration law as an associate with Bretz & Coven, LLP and as a Staff Attorney with Legal Services NYC. Susan is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and Sarah Lawrence College.