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Satnam Singh is the principal lawyer in Satnam Singh, PC, and American Immigration Law Office, PLC, practicing law since 1988. Satnam is admitted to the Supreme Court of Virginia, the US Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and Federal Circuits, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, US Tax Court, US Court of International Trade, the US Supreme Court, and the Bar Council in India. Satnam is author of Marriage to a Foreign National, Love (and a lot of paperwork) conquers all, SOLO eNewsletter, Vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2009, ABA GP/Solo Division, and represented the petitioner in Adolfo Rendon BRACAMONTES v. Eric H. HOLDER, 675 F.3d 380 (4th Cir. 2012). He has served/serving as AILA DC Chapter’s Norfolk Liaison Chair, Member of AILA’s Field Offices Liaison Committee, Chair of several committees of ABA’s GP/SOLO Division, and Board Member and Secretary of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section. His areas of immigration practice include: Litigation, Appeals, Consular Processing, Waivers, Family Immigration, Naturalization, I-9 Review and Audits, and Business Immigration. He obtained his LL.B. degree from Delhi University, India; and J.D. (Eq.), and LL.M. from William & Mary Law School, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Additionally, his past and present law practice include legal representation in the areas of Business and Corporate Law, International Law, International Transactions, Customs, Taxation, Wills, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Domestic Relations, Criminal Law, Social Security, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Contracts, and Employment/Labor Laws.
College of William & Mary:
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, South Henry Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
LL.M: Master of Laws in Taxation (May 1990)
J.D. (Equivalency): Juris Doctor (Equivalency) (May 1990)
Old Dominion University:
School of Education, Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Ph.D. student: completed courses in Organizational Leadership and Development, Program Evaluation, Multicultural Environment, and Urban Educational Leadership, for Ph.D.(August 1986 to December 1990)
San Jose State University:
School of Education, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, California 95112
M.A.: Master of Arts in Education [Instructional Technology] (December 1985); wrote thesis on “Perception Process and Perceptual Differences”
Law Center-II, Ring Road, New Delhi, India
LL.B.: Bachelor of Laws (May 1983)
Jawaharlal Nehru University:
School of International Studies, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi, India 110067
M.Phil.: Master of Philosophy [International Politics] (May 1980)
Completed 24 credits of research and course work, and wrote a thesis on “Transfer of Soviet Technology to the Third World - A Case Study of India”
M.A.: Master of Arts in Politics [International Relations] (May 1977)
Ph.D. student: completed 48 credits of Ph.D. degree research and course work on the thesis “Soviet Policy on Technical Cooperation with the Third World - A Case Study of South Asian Region” (July 1980 to July 1984)
S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, Delhi University Campus, Delhi, India
B.Com.: Bachelor of Commerce (May 1974)
Postgraduate Professional DIPLOMAS in:
Training Methods for Business and Industry (January 1986) from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Training and Development (November 1984) from Indian Society for Training & Development, New Delhi, India
Labor Laws (August 1981) from Indian Law Institute, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi, India
Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (December 1980) from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi, India
International Law and Diplomacy (March 1978) from Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy, Scindia House, New Delhi, India
Tourism and Hotel Management (December 1978) from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India
Attended numerous professional training programs and continuing legal education programs/seminars in the United States and India, in diverse areas, including: instructional systems development, training assessment and evaluation, behavioral science, faculty development, banking law, industrial relations, personnel management, human resources development, organizational development, international trade laws, contracts, criminal law, labor law, bankruptcy law, and immigration and nationality laws, while working in the training field in India and subsequently, while practicing law in the United States. Received Lifetime Community College Instructor Credential to teach “Government (Theory and Practice, Local and International)” from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in 1986.
Supreme Court of the United States (10/30/1995)
United States Court of Appeals for the: Federal Circuit (06/05/1997); 1st Circuit (07/01/20140; 2nd Circuit (06/11/2014); 3rd Circuit (07/14/2014); 4th Circuit (01/22/1991); 5th Circuit (01/25/2006); 6th Circuit (03/13/2006); 9th Circuit (06/10/2014); 10th Circuit (07/03/2014); and 11th Circuit (07/15/2014)
United States Tax Court (06/06/1994)
United States Court of International Trade (04/30/1997)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (11/18/1994)
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (03/12/1991)
Supreme Court of Virginia (11/06/1990); Virginia State Bar (10/05/1990)
Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, India (03/23/1988)
While working as a personnel officer in a large nationalized bank in India, from September 1977 to February 1982, regularly taught at the bank’s executive training college, as a visiting faculty. Later on, appointed full time faculty member at the college, where worked from February 1982 to July 1984. Independently designed, developed, conducted, and managed in-house training programs, ranging from one week to six weeks, for bank executives in the areas of Labor Laws, Banking Law, Contracts, Negotiable Instruments, Business Law, Human Resources Management and Development, Advanced Management, and International Transactions. Worked as Program Director of training for all Behavioral, Legal, and Management training programs. Regularly participated in developing short term and long range training plans and strategies at the corporate level, and submitted evaluation reports and recommendation to the top management. Taught American Government at the Commonwealth College in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1987 to 1988. Panel speaker in several AILA conferences.
RESEARCH & WRITING
Researched and authored more than 100 hand outs and study materials while working as a faculty member at the Staff Training College of a large bank in India; researched, authored, and submitted my M.Phil. thesis on Transfer of Soviet Technology to the Third World - A Case Study of India; researched, authored, and submitted my M.A. thesis on Perception Process and Perceptual Differences at the San Jose State University, California; and wrote hundreds of legal briefs and legal memoranda in the course of litigation in my practice areas. Satnam Singh, Marriage to a Foreign National, Love (and a lot of paperwork) conquers all, SOLO eNewsletter, Vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2009, ABA GP/Solo Division. Adolfo Rendon BRACAMONTES v. Eric H. HOLDER, Jr., Attorney General, 675 F.3d 380 (4th Cir. 2012); Argued: December 7, 2011, Decided: March 29, 2012; petitioner’s counsel, Satnam Singh.
American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Association of American Lawyers from India; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association; South Asian Lawyers Association; and Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, India.
Mentor for American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); Member of Pro Bono Committee of AILA; Chair/Vice Chair/Member of several committees of American Bar Association (GP/Solo: Immigration Law, International Law, Ethics); Liaison Chair for Norfolk offices of USCIS, ICE, and CBP for AILA; providing free consultation to general public in immigration matters since 1990; speaker on immigration law topics at College of William and Mary, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, and local forums; supervised internships/externships for the students of William & Mary Law School and Old Dominion University; and volunteer officer of the local Civic League.
Proficient: English, Hindi, Punjabi, & Sanskrit; Conversational: Urdu, Gujarati, Spanish