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Your Council Ambassador: Julie Emerick
Law Offices of Julie T. Emerick, Ltd.
About Julie:
Julie Emerick is a solo practitioner in Chicago, Illinois.  Over the past twenty years she has been active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association both on a national and local chapter level.     Ms. Emerick is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law and John Carroll University.


Your Council Ambassador: Mercedes Badia-Tavas
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
About Mercedes: M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas is of counsel in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg, where she is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department and the Immigration and Global Mobility Services Practice Group. Ms. Badia-Tavas concentrates on immigration and naturalization law, focusing on immigration matters for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. She regularly counsels clients on the employment of foreign nationals, the permanent residency process, and immigration compliance issues.
Ms. Badia-Tavas is on the Executive Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chicago Chapter, and a member of AILA’s Congressional Advocacy and several government Liaison Committees.  In addition, she is a member of the American Bar Association-International Section, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the UNO Metropolitan Leadership Institute of Chicago.
Ms. Badia-Tavas earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1993, and in 1986 earned her B.A. from Agnes Scott College, where she was an economics and Spanish major.  She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French, and has traveled and lived throughout Latin America.
Ms. Badia-Tavas is admitted to practice in Illinois.


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Matthew Piers
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