About Ms. Flynn

Jeri Ann Flynn

Jeri Ann Flynn

“Immigration is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation, and the lawyers who can figure it out are worth their weight in gold.”
INS spokeswoman Karen Kraushaar, on immigration law
April 24, 2001

Ms. Flynn graduated from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a J.D. degree, and in 1994 with an M.A.H. degree in Humanities from Louisiana State University. After graduating from law school, Ms. Flynn served one year as Law Clerk for the Hon. Steve A. Alford, then Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish. Since 1978 she has engaged in the private practice of law in Baton Rouge, and for many years she has limited her practice to immigration and nationality law. She is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, the Eastern, Middle, and Western Federal District Courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Flynn served as Louisiana Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) for two years from 1986 to 1988, and she served as Chapter Chair for AILA’s Mid- South Chapter (comprising five states) for one year from 1996 to 1997. During those years, she served on AILA’s Board of Governors. Ms. Flynn has served on numerous AILA committees at the chapter and national levels. In 1987 Ms. Flynn served as Chair for a two-day seminar for attorneys practicing in the vicinity of the Oakdale Federal Detention Facility (in rural Southwestern Louisiana) to encourage representation of persons detained there, especially pro bono representation of persons claiming asylum and persons with strong family ties to the United States. She has chaired conferences of AILA’s Mid-South Chapter several times.

Since 1987 Ms. Flynn has lectured at national conferences for immigration lawyers in the areas of family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, non-immigrant visas (of all types), asylum, exclusion, deportation, relief from deportation, employer sanctions, citizenship, naturalization, and the immigration consequences of crimes. She has lectured at many local and state seminars and meetings of non-immigration lawyers about basic immigration and nationality law, employer sanctions, the immigration consequences of crimes, farm-workers (H-2A’s) and temporary workers (H-2B’s). She has served as a formal “Mentor” for AILA attorneys for many years, now limited to the areas of employment-based second-preference petitions with national interest waivers, H-2A’s and H-2B’s.

Over the years since 1987 Ms. Flynn has written many articles in many areas of immigration law for national publications directed toward immigration lawyers. From 1996 until recently she has been a contributing author of articles for AILA’s annual Visa Processing Guide, a book which informs immigration lawyers about visa processing (both non-immigrant and immigrant) at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. She has been recognized as an expert in immigration law by the Middle District Federal Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ms. Flynn is a member of several associations, including: Federal Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Louisiana Eastern, Western and Middle Federal District Courts, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Amnesty International, and the National Immigration Project.

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