Maria  Baldini-Potermin

Maria Baldini-Potermin has been in private practice in Chicago since 2001, focusing on removal defense, federal litigation, asylum, criminal immigration, naturalization, family-based immigration, waivers, and consular processing. She served as adjunct clinical professor in the Immigration Law Clinic the University of Minnesota Law School from 1997 to 1999. As the recipient of a National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) Equal Justice Fellowship from 1997 to 1999, Ms. Baldini-Potermin focused on representation of noncitizens and education of criminal defense attorneys following the 1996 overhauls of immigration law. She wrote Chapter 4: "The Meaning of Conviction for Immigration Purposes, Advisements, Pleas and Sentences" for the American Bar Association’s book, A Judge's Guide to Immigration Law in Criminal Proceedings, and has written immigration law articles published by AILA and manuals for the criminal defense bars, including "Defending Non-Citizens in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin" (2009) and "Defending Non-Citizens in Minnesota Courts" (2010). In 2010, AILA awarded to her the Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law. She is author of The Immigration Trial Handbook, serves as update editor for Immigration Law & Crimes, and is an expert author-consultant for Interpreter Releases and Immigration Briefings, all published by West. Ms. Baldini-Potermin has served on AILA national and local committees and is also a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. In 1999, she received the Human Rights Volunteer Award from the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and, in 2004, was awarded the Chicago AILA Chapter's Joseph Minsky Mentor Award.

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