January-February 2013

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TRIBUTES A TRIBUTE TO A HERO: REMEMBERING MICHAEL MAGGIO by Andres Benach I knew what I had to do. The judge had just chewed me out for losing my cool with a clerk in the court over scheduling a case. I was wrong to have done it, but I was under a tight deadline. A child would ageout if this case was not scheduled and he would be separated from his parents and siblings. I trudged down to Michael Maggio���s office and confessed what had happened. I told him how I was sorry for damaging the reputation of the firm. Michael patiently listened with his arched eyebrow and I waited for the hammer to fall. He broke into a wide smile and said, ���[Forget*] them, you���re dealing with a kid���s life here!��� Michael knew of my frustration in getting the case on the docket and reminded me that our client, a kid, was depending on me to get something done. That was pure Michael���a kid is depending on you. You control the fate of that kid. Does he attend the Univer- Celebrating Life, Celebrating Service: A Tribute to Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen H aving celebrated her 100th birthday on February 4, Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen received just 10 days earlier, the gift of a 48 V OICE Over a 30-year career, Michael A. Maggio represented housekeepers, refugees, and even a Russian millionaire being pursued by the KGB. Michael died of non-Hodgkin���s lymphoma at the age of 60, on Feb. 10, 2008. sity of Maryland School of Engineering or does he get returned to Ecuador where he had not lived in over a decade? Michael was ready to give so much to make sure that this kid got his chance. Michael was among the generation of immigration lawyers who transformed immigration law from a seedy backwater to matters worthy of serious legal lifetime���honorary membership from the AILA Board of Governors for personifying excellence and serving as a role model for fellow immigration attorneys. Elizabeth immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. She earned her undergradu- ate and law degrees from St. John���s University; she was one of only two women in a class of 200. She first delved into U.S. immigration law by providing pro bono assistance to WWII-era refugees. Beginning in the 1950s, Elizabeth conducted a consular-oriented immigration practice at posts

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