Episode 6: Interview w/ Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq.

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Show Notes

  • 00:00 Overview
  • 01:00 Introduction
  • 01:36 Personal Background & Professional Beginnings
  • 03:30 What does it mean to be Of Counsel and his role in his firm
  • 04:25 Asylum Processing Times (Newark Asylum Office) and Detention times
  • 05:53 EB-5 (I-526) Processing Times and the EB-5 Program 
  • 07:05 Steve's EB-5 cases and trends (for example, third party loans). IIUSA (https://iiusa.org/)
  • 09:06 Amount time for Family v. Business Practice for the firm and Steve. One-off complex cases, witness testimony, pro bono (asylum) Half of practice is EB-5 related now
  • 10:00 How Steve does his book writing
  • 10:50 Where Steve gets his information (AILA.org, Lexis,  Dan Kowalski Daily online publications Bender's immigration bulletin http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/default.aspx / various listservs)
  • 11:57 Practice management: in-house case management system Access database w/in house IT team
  • 12:31 Kind of complex cases he is working on (J-Visa, Asylum, EB-5)
  • 14:15 Issues with Immigration: multiplicity of agencies and opinons and inability to be proactive in anticipating constantly shifting workload
  • 16:25 How immigration reform would happen / points system used by other countries
  • 19:20 Career: things that shaped who he is / clients that affected him
  • 22:00 Affect of stress of the cases: managing client expectations
  • 23:30 Dealing with case issues (ombudsmen, email or congressional inquiry)
  • 24:35 Parting words: helping new immigrations come, opportunity here for them and lawyers

    Follow Steven:
    Email: swy1@cornell.edu
    Twitter: @syaleloehr

About Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq,

Miller Mayer LLP


Steve Yale-Loehr is an EB-5 immigration attorney who practices at Miller Mayer in Ithaca, New York. A national authority on U.S. asylum and immigration law, attorney Yale-Loehr has 30 years of experience as an immigration attorney. Attorney Yale-Loehr was the founder and first executive director of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), which is the trade association for EB-5 Regional Centers. He is also an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where he teaches immigration and asylum law and was co-author of the text titled Immigration Law and Procedure, a prominent treatise on U.S. immigration law.

Attorney Yale-Loehr earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 and earned his law degree cum laude in 1981 from Cornell University. Attorney Yale-Loehr was the Cornell International Law Journal’s editor in chief while in law school. After earning his law degree, attorney Yale-Loehr was a clerk for Chief Judge Howard G. Munson at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, State of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Yale-Loehr is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Business Immigration Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Attorney Yale-Loehr is a prolific immigration law author. He has authored or coauthored many law journal articles and books, including America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties and National Unity After September 11; Balancing Interests: Rethinking the Selection of Skilled Immigrants;, Green Card Stories; Understanding the Immigration Act of 1990; Understanding the 1986 Immigration Law; and J Visa Guidebook. Attorney Yale-Loehr also releases a bimonthly column for the New York Law Journal.

Attorney Yale-Loehr has received ample recognition for his work in immigration law. He is consistently listed in An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Chambers Global as among the world’s premier immigration lawyers. Attorney Yale-Loehr earned the 2004 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Edith Lowenstein Award for his advances in immigration law and also earned the Association’s 2001 Elmer Fried Award for his excellence in teaching about immigration law.

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