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Tonkon Torp Immigration Lawyers Tapped for National Assignments

August 1, 2008
Two Tonkon Torp immigration attorneys have been selected by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to serve on national committees that work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) on policy and adjudication issues.

Turid L. Owren, chair of Tonkon Torp's immigration practice group, will serve on the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office Liaison Committee. Alan C. Perkins has been tapped for the USCIS California Service Center Liaison Committee.

AILA liaison committees monitor adjudication trends and advocate for USCIS review of specific cases as well as policies.

Owren chaired AILA's Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee for two years and last year received an AILA presidential commendation for outstanding leadership in liaison. A graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, she has practiced immigration law since 1988 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for immigration law. Perkins has more than a decade of immigration law experience. A Portland native, he earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, and recently returned to Portland after practicing immigration law for eight years in San Francisco.

Tonkon Torp's immigration practice group advises domestic and international companies and individuals on employment-related immigration.