Kenneth Craig Dobson has practiced immigration law for over 11 years. During this time, he has represented clients in family-based, employment-based, and humanitarian matters. His practice in immigration law is diverse, ranging from corporate cases to assisting crime victims. He has represented clients with naturalization, family-based adjustment of status and consular processing, immigrant waivers, permanent residence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), labor certification, H-1B (specialty occupation), L-1A (intracompany transferee), J (exchange visitor), E change of status (nonimmigrant investors), T (trafficking victims), and U (crime victims). He has also represented clients in immigration court matters and writes opinions on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Mr. Dobson is also a “lawyer for lawyers,” with a particular focus on assisting immigration lawyers and multijurisdictional practice.
Mr. Dobson has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Furman University, studying Western as well as Asian Philosophy. He has a JD cum laude from New England School of Law. During law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law and earned CALI Awards in both the Law and Ethics of Lawyering and International Business Transactions.
“Crossing State Lines: A Practical Guide for Immigration Lawyers When Volunteering Their Services Out-of-State” September 29, 2017 – AILA Doc. No. 17092931 (coauthor)
“Yes, No, or Maybe: The Importance of Developing a Philosophy of Lawyering in an Era of Immigration Upheaval” September 29, 2017 – AILA Doc. No. 17092930
“The Law of Outlaws: Rules and Jurisdiction When Establishing an Out-of-State Practice Under Rule 5.5 (d)(2)” AILA Doc No. 15051403, May 14, 2015
“The Spanish Government’s Ban of a Political Party: A Violation of Human Rights?” New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, V.9, no. 2, 2003
- English (mother tongue)
- Spanish (good)
- Some French, Japanese, Chinese, and Latin
- American Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
- New York State Bar Association
- New York City Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia
- Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
- Professional Responsibility Section of the State Bar of Georgia
He is Vice Chair of AILA’s National Ethics Committee and Chairperson of the District 1 Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Georgia. As part of his work for AILA’s National Ethics Committee, he participates extensively in the production of AILA’s Ethics Compendium as Chair of the Compendium Subcommittee. At over 400 pages (and continuing to expand), the compendium is comprehensive guide to help immigration lawyers navigate applicable ethics rules.
Mr. Dobson served as Chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for AILA Georgia from 2012 to 2015.