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Alix Strunk is an Associate Attorney in the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. and has been named a Rising Star in Immigration by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2017, as well as 2014 2015, and 2016. Her practice focuses on removal defense before Chicago Immigration Court and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as family-based immigration. Her family-based immigration practice includes applications for permanent residency through adjustment of status and consular processing abroad, hardship waivers, U visas for crime victims and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and citizenship and naturalization issues. Her practice also includes I-9 compliance and employer sanctions actions. Alix has worked pro bono with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) and with the New Americans Initiative. She is fluent in Spanish.
Alix graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from DePaul University College of Law (2011). While in law school, she completed an internship with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Chicago. Alix was the Acquisitions Editor for DePaul’s Journal for Social Justice, president of the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law, and an active member of the Center for Public Interest Law Committee. She received the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award for over 200 hours of pro bono service. Prior to law school, Alix lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for three years, teaching English and Kindergarten. She graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (2005) with a B.A. in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Alix is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She has served on several committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is currently a member of AILA’s Office of Chief Counsel Liaison Committee.
- Family-based immigration
- Removal and Deportation
- Citizenship and Naturalization
- I-9 compliance and employer sanctions actions
- Consular processing and Adjustment of Status
- Deferred Action and DREAMers
- Fluent in Spanish
- J.D., Summa Cum Laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2011
- B.A., Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University (CT), 2005
- Bar of the State of Illinois, 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Committee Member, Office of Chief Counsel Liaison Committee, 2014-2016
- Committee Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law/Ethics Committee, 2013-2014
- Committee Member, Social Security, 2013-2014
- Committee Member, Librarian, 2012-2013
- Chicago Bar Association
- Committee Co-Chair, Immigration and Nationality Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2012-2013
- Federal Bar Association
- National Lawyers Guild
- Recipient, Illinois Rising Stars, Immigration – Super Lawyers for 2017
- Panelist at Chicago Bar Association, 1/17/2017, CBA Immigration & Nationality Law Committee’s Annual Seminar, Panel on Consular Processing Strategies: Pitfalls and Solutions
- Recipient, Illinois Rising Stars, Immigration – Super Lawyers for 2016
- Recipient, Illinois Rising Stars, Immigration – Super Lawyers for 2015
- Panelist at DePaul University, 3/19/2015, SAIL and CPIL Panel on practicing immigration law
- Recipient, Illinois Rising Stars, Immigration – Super Lawyers for 2014
- Panelist at AILA Midwest Regional Family Conference, 11/20/2014, 601A panel: Clearing Hurdles: The Ups and Downs of Provisional Waivers
- Panelist at DePaul University, 10/28/2014, International Law Career Panel: how law school can help prepare and find you a job
- Guest speaker at Class, Northwestern University, May 2012; A snapshot of immigration in Illinois and currently pending legislation: immigrant youth, reality of detention, and their options for relief.
Law School Awards and Accomplishments
- Order of the Coif.
- Dean’s List: Fall 2008 – Spring 2011.
- Acquisitions Editor, Journal for Social Justice (Fall 2010 & Spring 2011).
- CALI (Excellence for Future) Awards – Immigration Law and Policy (Fall 2010); Administrative Process (Spring 2010); Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) II (Spring 2009); LARC I (Fall 2008).
- Society for Asylum and Immigration Law, President (Fall 2009- Spring 2010);
- Senior Service Award, Recipient, (2011).
- Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award, Recipient (200 hours, 2011);
- Member, Center for Public Interest Law Committee; Public Interest Law Association; National Lawyers Guild.
- Service Immersion Trip: Harlingen, Texas Border Project (2009).
- Legal Analysis, Research & Communication Teaching Assistant (Fall 2009 & Spring 2010).
Pro Bono Activities
- Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
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