Daily Briefs (Nov 8)

Butzel Long attorney discusses immigration as panelist at events
Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Reginald A. Pacis participated in a panel presentation hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-MI (PCCM) and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote — Michigan (APIA) on Oct. 30. The panel discussed topics on immigration basics, inspired laws, H-1B classification and options.

Pacis also participated in the Council of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan 2010 Statewide Asian Pacific American Leadership Summit on Oct. 23. Pacis served on a panel that discussed immigration law.

In addition, Pacis participated in a panel discussion on October 19 hosted by the Washtenaw County Bar Association during its 19th Annual Bias Awareness Week. The theme for the program was “Application, and Constitutionality of Immigration Laws — Impact on Issues of Race, Gender and Ethnic Bias.’

Pacis concentrates his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/ Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews. Pacis is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law).

Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive terms from 2003 to 2004 and 2004 to 2005 as chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. He previously served as secretary (2001 to 2003) and membership chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).

Pacis has been a speaker on immigration topics at many business, Hispanic, and Filipino presentations. He has written guest articles as well on immigration law matters.

Pacis earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1996 and his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1992. He joined the State Bar of Michigan in 1997.

Legal News editor receives Person of Achievement award
Jackson Business and Professional Women are pleased to announce the 2010-2011 Person of Achievement recipient Frank Weir. He was presented the award on October 12 at Jackson BPW’s business meeting and recognized at the Michigan BPW Fall Board in Traverse City on October 23, 2010.

Weir is editor of the Jackson County and Washtenaw County editions of the Legal News. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism; and the University of Toledo College of Law, earning his law degree.

He practiced law for 10 years before returning to journalism working for a small paper in Saline, and then joining the Legal News.

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