Cora D. Tekach (Of Counsel)

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Cora D. Tekach

Since 1991 Cora Tekach has devoted her entire professional career to immigration law and promoting immigrants’ rights. Beginning on the Texas/Mexico border, she represented adults and unaccompanied minors in immigration court proceedings and before the immigration service. Returning to the Washington, DC area in 1995 she focused mostly on deportation proceedings before turning to largely business-related matters by 2000. From 2003 to 2005 Cora worked at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as a liaison between AILA’s membership and U.S. government officials.

Cora returned to private practice in 2005 and has since specialized in all aspects of business-related processes, including the full range of non-immigrant and immigrant employment-based petitions, family-based cases, international organization employee matters, and naturalization applications. Cora has presented on a variety of immigration topics to professional organizations, embassies, student associations, churches, and immigrant groups. She has provided expert commentary on immigration issues on television, radio, and other fora, and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

Cora has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1991, and served as the Washington, DC Chapter Chair, as well as in numerous local and national-level volunteer positions.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia 2000
  • US Supreme Court 1997
  • State Bar of Texas 1992 (Inactive)

Education

  • 1991 – American University, Washington College of Law
  • 1984 – Rutgers University (Anthropology and Philosophy Cum Laude)

Adjunct Professor Positions

  • 2016 – 2018 – American University, Washington College of Law
  • 2005 – 2014 – Catholic University, Columbus School of Law

Awards

  • 2021 – Elliott Milstein Award for Professional Excellence, American University, Washington College of Law
  • 2019 – Present – Super Lawyers

Professional Service

  • 2015 – 2019 – Board of Directors of Ayuda, Inc.
  • 2010 – 2014 – D.C. Court of Appeals – Trustee of the Clients’ Security Fund of the DC Bar, Chair and Member

Selected Publications

  • 1997 – Present – The Immigration Act of 1990 Today (Annual Editor)
  • 2011 – The Waivers Book: Advanced Issues in Immigration Law Practice (Editor)
  • 2007 – Immigration Briefings “Securing Our Borders from Within: Forcing Employers to be the Virtual Fence DHS’ New Focus on I-9s and SSA No-Match Letters” (Author)

Community Engagements

  • Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club
  • DC Self-Defense Karate Association, Instructor and Board of Directors
  • Rosemount Center/El Centro Rosemount, Board of Directors
  • Hermanas Unidas (Sisters United) Community Education Project, Adviser
  • Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, Advisory Board
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Paraguay, Agriculture Extensionist

Languages

  • As the daughter of Argentine immigrants, Cora is fluent in Spanish.