Kathleen Elizabeth Irish, JD

 

My practice is dedicated to helping U.S. families with foreign-born relatives in immigration-related matters.  I represent U.S. citizens petitioning for their foreign-born spouses, children, parents and siblings through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and Department of State.  I assist permanent residents with the removal of conditions on their green cards, whether they are still married to their petitioning spouse or not, as well as applications for U.S. citizenship through naturalization and derivation of citizenship through parents.  I represent children and teenagers facing removal (deportation) before the Immigration Court, and assist them with affirmative applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.  I work with undocumented children in state foster care to obtain legal immigration status.  I advise families on international and domestic adoptions of foreign-born children, and assist them with derivative U.S. citizenship matters, both here and abroad.  I love what I do and look forward to assisting you with your immigration matter.

 

 

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, cum laude

University of Missouri-Kansas City

May 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

University of Kansas

 

May 2005

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Missouri Bar

2009-Present

Kansas Bar, Member

2010-Present

American Immigration Lawyers Association

2011-Present

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

2011-Present

Association of Mother Immigration Attorneys

2015-Present

Midwest Innocence Project, Next Generation Board Member

2015-Present

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Don't Just Sit There! Attorney's Role in US CIS Interviews”

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Jan. 2015

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Super Lawyers

Rising Star

CASA Volunteer Attorney of the Year

2013, 2014,

2015, 2016

2017

 

PRESENTATIONS

"Malpractice Pitfalls for Non-Immigration Lawyers"

Johnson County Bar Assoc.

June 2017

Immigrant Families: How US Immigration Works, and doesn't Work, for Families”

UMKC Film and the Law Series

May 2017

"Immigration Law Primer"

Wyandotte County Health Department

April 2017

"Know Your Rights and Powers of Attorney Presentation"

Mo-Kan AILA Annual Conferance

April 2017

"Immigration Options for Juveniles"

CASA CLE Presentation

March 2017

"Immigration Law and Policy"

OSHER Institute co-presenter

March 2017

Fighting for the Vulnerable”

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference

June 2016

Immigrant Families: How US Immigration Works, and doesn't Work, for Families”

UMKC Film and the Law Series

May 2016

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status”

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mo-Kan, Annual Conference

Apr. 2016

DACA Primer”

Kansas City, Kansas School Social Workers

Mar. 2016

Sunshine Week Panel Discussion

National Records Center

Mar. 2016

Immigration Law Primer for Non-Immigration Lawyers”

Missouri Bar Webinar

Sept. 2015

International Adoptions Update”

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Missouri-Kansas

July 2015

Representing Kids in Removal Proceedings”

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mo-Kan, Annual Conference

Mar. 2015

Sunshine Week Panel Discussion

National Records Center

Mar. 2015

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

DCF Attorney Training

Nov. 2014

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

CASA Inservice Training

Sept. 2014

Immigration Issues and the Border Crisis”

CASA Training

Sept. 2014

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

DCF Independent Living Coordinators Training

Aug. 2014

Immigration Issues with Minors”

Missouri Judge's Conference

Apr. 2014

Attorney's Role at USCIS Interviews”

American Immigration Lawyers Association New Members presentation

Mar. 2014

Immigration Options for Juveniles and Victims”

Washburn Family Law Clinic

Oct. 2013

Immigration Options for Juvenile Victims”

Missouri Bar

Aug. 2013

Immigration: Family & Children, Information for Non-Immigration Attorneys”

Kansas Bar Association

May 2013

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

KVC Behavioral Healthcare training

May 2013

Maintaining Permanent Residency”

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Missouri-Kansas

Apr. 2013

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, Annual Conference

Oct. 2011

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

TFI Foster Parent Retreat

Aug. 2011

Immigration Law Update”

UMKC 8+4 CLE

June 2011

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles”

Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firms Conference

June 2011

Immigration Options for Undocumented Juveniles in State Foster Care”

CASA Training for Wyandotte County

May 2011