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AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter:
Your Council Ambassador: Sarah Hawk
About Sarah: Sarah Hawk is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. Sarah provides immigration counsel to numerous corporate clients and is a frequent speaker nationally and regionally on business immigration issues. She advises clients on current immigration legislation, and has comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in a broad range of immigration petitions, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, consular processing, waiver cases and outbound placement. She conducts I-9 compliance training, performs I-9 audits and advises on immigration policy for companies. Sarah has been recognized as a Who’s Who in Asian-American Communities and was named to Who’s Who Legal 2010 for her work as an immigration attorney. She is listed in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2010 and she has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2009.
Sarah is a former President of the Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association, and an Executive Board Member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and Counsel to the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah presents pro bono immigration workshops for various groups, including leaders in the Asian community and newcomers to the U.S.
About Elena: Elena Kochutin received her Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Georgia State University, College of Law in 2007. Elena is licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia, is a member of the State Bar Association of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court. Elena's area of legal expertise is Immigration and Nationality Law, including business and family immigration matters. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Elena worked for nearly a decade as an immigration paralegal with several of the most reputable immigration law firms in the Atlanta area. Elena is fluent in English and Russian. She also has an MBA in International Business from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the Urals State Pedagogical University in Russia.
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