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Ally Balour
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Areas of Practice

  • Immigration Law – Business and Family Immigration – nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for employees, employers, entertainers, athletes and the like
  • Asylum and Refugee Matters
  • Removal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctor – May, 1996
    • Honors: Dean’s List: Fall/Spring 1993/94
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law II
    • Honors: Exceptional Achievement Award: Immigration Law
  • Cornell-Paris Summer Institute, Universite Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France – 1994
  • California State University, Fresno, California
    • Master of Business Administration – May, 1990
  • California State University, Fresno, California
    • Bachelor of Science – May, 1984
    • Major: Business Administration

    Honors and Awards

    • LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Legal Services Department – Outstanding Volunteer – 2009
    • Southern California Super Lawyers – 2011-2014
    • AILA President’s Commendation Award – 2016

      Past Employment Positions

      • Escandari, Bolour & Jansezian, Beverly Hills, California, Partner (Fall 1996 – Fall 1998)
      • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, P.C., Los Angeles, California, Law Clerk (Spring 1996)
      • Public Counsel, Los Angeles, California, Volunteer Intern (Spring 1996)

      Pro Bono Activities

      • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Volunteer Attorney, 2000 – Present
      • HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA), Volunteer Attorney, 1999 – 2012
      • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
      • Equality California (EQCA)
      • AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)

      Languages

      • Persian
      Professional Associations and Memberships
      • California State Bar, 1996 – Present
      • American Immigration Council (AIC), AIC Ambassador to Los Angeles, 2007-2010
      • American Immigration Council (AIC), Member of the Board of Trustees, 2010-2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Elected Member of Board of Governors (2016-2020)
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Gay and Lesbian Interest Section
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), HIV Working Group – 2009-2012
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), LGBT Working Group – 2015-2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Congressional Liaison – DC Lobby Day – Southern California – 2003-2007
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Asylum Liaison – Southern California – 2009-2010
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Asylum Committee – 2010-2011
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Media Advocacy Committee – National – 2011-2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Co-Chair – Congressional Liaison Committee – Southern California – 2010-2011
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Annual Conference Committee – National – 2013
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chair – Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference – Orlando, FL – December 2016
      • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association
      • Los Angeles County Bar Association
      • International Bar Association
      • Outright Action International (Formerly IGLHRC)– New York, NY, Board Member 2004 – 2010
      • Outright Action International (Formerly IGLHRC)– New York, NY, Co-Chair Member of the Board – 2007-2009
      • Immigration Equality, Los Angeles Chapter, Board Member, 2000-2001
      • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, Co-Chair, 1999-2000
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), LGBT Working Group , Vice Chair, 2016 – Present
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Congressional Liaison – DC Lobby Day – Southern California, 2011 – 2012
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Asylum Liaison – Southern California, 2015 – 2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Annual Conference Committee – National, 2016 – Present
      Classes / Seminars
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Nevada – o To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Be A Master Of Ethical Marketing– Las Vegas, NV – March 2017
      • Annual National Conference: Marriages Are as Diverse as Bourbon Street: Bona Fides of a Marriage – New Orleans, LA – June 2017
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Colorado – Shotgun Weddings: Family Law Issues in Immigration Cases – Denver, CO – October 2011
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Nevada – Covering Your Assets: Drafting Ethical and Profitable Representation Agreements – Las Vegas, NV – February 2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Southern California – J-1 Visas for Mexican Nationals – Palm Springs, CA – March 2016
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Southern California – Immigration Options for LGBT Community – Mammoth, CA – April 2013
      • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Regional Chapters: Texas – Dysfunctional Junction: Surviving Asylum Processing Backlogs – San Antonio, TX – February 2015
      • California Chapters Conference: Credible and Reasonable Fear, Asylum & TPS – San Diego, CA – November 2015
      • California Chapters Conference: Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form I-601A – San Jose, CA – November 2014
      • California Chapters Conference: Asylum – Particular Social Group – LGBT – Anaheim, CA – November 2013
      • California Chapters Conference: Bias – San Diego, CA – November 2012
      • California Chapters Conference: LGBT Immigration Options – San Francisco, CA – November 2011
      • California Chapters Conference: Cutting Edge Issues in Asylum – Monterey, CA – November 2010
      • California Chapters Conference: The Gay Community – Vibrant & Diverse – Bias – Marina del Rey, CA – November 2009
      • California Chapters Conference: Consular Practice Workshop For Business Visas – San Francisco, CA – November 2008
      • California Chapters Conference: Asylum Options for GLBT – Palm Springs, CA – November 2005
      • California Chapters Conference: Business and H-1B Visa Options – San Francisco, CA – November 2004
      • Annual National Conference: Advocating Equality for Your LGBT Clients – Las Vegas, NV – June 2016
      • Annual National Conference: Meeting the Extreme Hardship Standard – Las Vegas, NV – June 2016
      • Annual National Conference: Particular Social Group Analysis – Asylum – Nashville, TN – June 2012
      • Annual National Conference: HIV and Other Health Related Waivers – Vancouver, BC – Canada – June 2008
      • Annual National Conference: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions – Orlando, FL – June 2007
      • Annual National Conference: Asylum for the LGBT Community – San Antonio, TX – June 2006
      • Webinars: Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers – (HIV, Other Communicable Diseases, Substance Abuse, etc.) – August 2009
      • Webinars: Making It Art: O-1B Visa for People You May Not Have Considered – March 2014
      • Webinars: Get your O’s & P’s in Line. How to Smooth Out Thorny Issues – August 2014
      • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Immigration Law Training Course – March 2010-2017
      • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Immigration Law Training Course – September 2010-2015
      • Immigration Lawyers On The Web (ILW.Com) – Webinar – Asylum for Beginners – September 2009
      • Asian and Pacific Islanders for Equality (API-LA) – Immigration – Policy & Politics – Los Angeles, CA – August 2009
      • Los Angeles Gay And Lesbian Center: The REAL ID Act: Transgender and Immigration Legal Issues – Los Angeles, CA – February 2008
      • Grand Hyatt, Dubai, U.A.E.: Obtaining a Green Card through Million Dollar Investment in the United States – March 2007
      • Lavender Law Conference: Asylum Options for GLBT – San Diego, CA – October 2005
      • National Immigration Project: Asylum Options for GLBT – San Diego, CA – May 2005
      • Immigration Equality: Issues Facing Bi-National Couples – Los Angeles, CA – November 2004
      • Harvard University Lgbt Policy and Law Conference: Asylum Options for GLBT – Cambridge, MA – May 2004
      • Pillsbury Winthrop, Making a Case for Asylum for GLBT – Los Angeles, CA – April 2001

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