Toni Maschler's Firm Named One of the Top DC Law Firms for Immigration by US News
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Posted by: Vanita Snow
Toni Maschler '04 served as a panelist on a recent immigration panel hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development, in partnership with the Latino/a Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
Toni is a partner of Bromberg, Kohler Maya and Maschler, PLLC, a firm exclusively dedicated to immigration law for more than 30 years. The firm, previously called "The Law Offices of Richard S. Bromberg," was founded by a former supervisor of the immigration clinic at Antioch School of Law. BKM&M was recognized by US News and World Report in 2012 as one of the best firms in DC for immigration matters. The firm prides itself on providing the highest quality representation to individuals from all walks of life, from those fleeing persecution or abuse to those eligible for self-sponsored green cards on the basis of their exceptional skills.
Toni is delighted with the issuance of procedures for discretionary
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) to allow for a wider use
of prosecutorial discretion than previously available. She looks
forward to legislative action to pass the DREAM Act, first proposed in
2001 during her 1L year, to give a more substantial and permanent
benefit to deserving youth.
While at UDC-DCSL, Toni coordinated a panel on the effect of the 9/11 attacks on immigration law, and volunteered to represent detained asylum seekers at "credible fear" hearing through the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition). When she asked for a contact in the immigration law field, Toni was fortunate to be given Richard "Rick" Bromberg's contact information as a "mentor." Despite feeling crushed under the weight of classes, clinics, and law review, Toni managed to squeeze in some volunteer work at Rick's office and was able to attend asylum proceedings during law school. During the recent immigration law panel, Toni emphasized the importance of networking both for learning the field and job-hunting purposes. Making sure students would have no excuse for failing to investigate the field, she provided a resource list including many local and national organizations involved in advocacy, research, and direct services. She also mentioned that her own job was a direct result of networking--she learned her former mentor was looking to sublet part of his office space through the CAIR Coalition listserv. When she contacted him to ask whether he would consider hiring an associate, she found out that the firm was in need of someone to fill in for a staff member who would be taking maternity leave. Toni began work at the firm shortly thereafter, and hasn't left since!
Toni has successfully represented individuals in humanitarian, family-based, and employment-based matters, including those involving overseas adoption, customary marriages and divorces, criminal records, and other "complications." Appellate successes include reversing erroneous denials of asylum and family-petitions. Toni has excellent relationships with many individuals at USCIS, and (as a former school teacher and daughter of immigrants) was even asked by USCIS to speak at a children's naturalization ceremony. Nevertheless, she does not shy away from conflict when zealous representation requires it. After numerous requests proved useless in a religious worker case, Toni drafted a mandamus complaint against the government for failing to timely decide the church's petition. Within days of drafting the complaint, Toni received several calls and emails from high-level officials, and the decision was issued within a week.
Toni enjoys trading stories and knowledge with colleagues, educating the public, and has served on numerous panels for undergraduates, law students, attorneys, and community members. As a bonus, Toni was thrilled to find that the good vibes from UDC students and co-panelists at the recent UDC immigration panel apparently caused her migraine headache to disappear.
Click here to read more about the Immigration Law Panel and to view more photos.