Robert F. Ley
Robert serves as Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. As a child of Cambodian refugees, immigration law has always played a welcome influence in Robert's legal career. Robert practices before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.
While attending Northeastern Law, Robert served as legal intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Healthcare Fraud Unit, assisting in evidentiary issues and discovery, on complex medical product liability cases. He also served as judicial intern to Judge Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on civil and immigration matters. Robert additionally represented asylees and detained respondents at the Boston University Civil Litigation Program on Asylum and Human Rights, where he assisted in obtaining statelessness determinations with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He ultimately served as a law clerk for a nationally recognized and global business immigration law firm prior to joining the firm.
Robert practices exclusively in the area of immigration law, with a particular emphasis on the firm's provisional unlawful presence waivers, waivers of inadmissibility, adjustments of status, naturalization, TPS, and practice before USCIS. Robert's practice before the EOIR includes motions to reopen, filings for asylum, withholding of removal, CAT protection, LPR and non-LPR cancellation of removal, and NACARA. Robert regularly analyzes the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, handles appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit through Petitions for Review of underlying agency decisions.
Robert actively publishes in the area of immigration law and policy, and contributes to academia through his scholarship. He authors an independent immigration law blog addressing pertinent developments in the field.
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Fairfield University, 2010, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2013, Senior Staff, Northeastern University Law Journal
Publications and Research
"Reviving Rights of the Undocumented Through Disparate Impact and the Fourteenth Amendment: The Problem With the FHA, Sect. 1981, and Preemption," 23 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 35 (2013).
"Critiquing Birthright Citizenship Through the Citizen-Benefits Question and Citizenship Reductionism," 33 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 23 (2015).
"Understanding Your Removal Proceedings," Avvo Legal Guides (2015).
"Getting the Most Out of Your Initial Consultation," Avvo Legal Guides (2015).
"Immigration Ruled by Law," Letter to the Editor, Boston Herald (September 20, 2016).
Author of the immigration law blog, "Jussoli," found at: http://www.robertleyblog.com/
Awards and Distinctions
Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars Super Lawyers List, 2016-2017. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.
Selected as an Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer for 2017. This designation is based on a thorough, multi-phase national review process, and is reserved for the top 3% of lawyers in the U.S., based on their demonstration of superior influence, leadership, reputation, and knowledge in their field.
Lawyers of Distinction, Distinguished Member, 2017.
Lead Counsel Rating in Immigration Law, 2017.
Recipient of 10 Best Award for Client Satisfaction 2016-2017 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.
Admissions and Memberships
Robert is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
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