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Valerie  A. Zukin

Valerie A. Zukin

Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice
Lead Attorney Coordinator
San Francisco, CA, USA


Ms. Zukin received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Haverford College in 2002.

In February 2017, Valerie Anne Zukin started as the Lead Attorney Coordinator for the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice ("NCCIJ"), at the Justice & Diversity Center (“JDC”) of The Bar Association of San Francisco. In this capacity, she serves as a regional coordinator for pro bono detained representation efforts in Northern California, including the JDC’s Attorney of the Day pro bono assistance program, provides technical assistance to pro bono attorneys, is involved with rapid response efforts, and is working with regional and national partners towards universal representation for all individuals in immigration detention.

During the past nine-and-a-half years, Ms. Zukin has represented immigrants before various Immigration Courts in California, Washington, Nevada, and Illinois, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the Northern District of California, USCIS, ICE, CBP, and the Department of State. Her wide-ranging practice has included matters such as removal defense, affirmative asylum-related and family-based benefits applications, consular processing, waivers, deferred inspections interviews, mandamus actions, petitions for review, advice to noncitizens and their criminal attorneys regarding the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions, and domestic violence related applications for benefits and relief from removal.

Ms. Zukin most recently worked for Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP ("VBN") from 2011 through 2017. During her tenure at VBN, Ms. Zukin was an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association Northern California Chapter, including serving as the liaison with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Francisco. In addition, she was an attorney mentor for pro bono attorneys representing immigrants in asylum-related cases and U nonimmigrant status petitions through the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Community Legal Services for East Palo Alto. She also volunteered as Attorney of the Day through the Bar Association of San Francisco, assisting unrepresented detained individuals in removal proceedings.

Prior to joining VBN, Ms. Zukin was a staff attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma, Washington from 2007 through 2011. At NWIRP, in addition to providing direct representation to individuals in immigration custody, Ms. Zukin provided legal assistance to hundreds of pro se detainees. While practicing in Washington, Ms. Zukin served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Northwest Detention Center Roundtable during its transition from a community coalition to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Valerie A. Zukin is associated with the following items:
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention, Thursday, April 20, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Emergency Legal Challenges to Imminent Removals: Emergency Petitions for Review of Administrative and Reinstatement Orders, Emergency Motions to Reopen, and Whether Habeas Might Be a Viable Option, Friday, July 14, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Thursday, August 03, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Web Segment  Web Segment Emergency Motions to Reopen - Emergency Legal Challenges to Imminent Removals: Emergency Petitions for Review of Administrative and Reinstatement Orders, Emergency Motions to Reopen, and Whether Habeas Might Be a Viable Option, Monday, July 10, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Emergency Motions to Reopen - Emergency Motions to Reopen, Monday, July 10, 2017
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Monday, July 31, 2017
The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now, Friday, September 15, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Emergency Motions to Reopen - Emergency Motions to Reopen, Monday, July 10, 2017
The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now - The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now, Friday, September 15, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Emergency Motions to Reopen - Emergency Motions to Reopen, Monday, July 10, 2017
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Detained Immigrants, Monday, July 31, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now - The End of DACA: What You Need to Know Now, Friday, September 15, 2017
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