BRIAN K. BATES is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.S. 1976, J.D. 1979). He has been certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, and served for many years on the Board’s Immigration Law Examination Committee. He is the author of the January 1990 issue of Immigration Briefings, and co-author of the April 1992 issue. He also authored an article concerning the immigration consequences of criminal convictions that was published in the November 2003 Texas Bar Journal.
Mr. Bates has considerable litigation experience, representing clients in immigration hearings throughout the United States, as well as federal district and appellate courts. To mark an important court victory affecting thousands of “amnesty” applicants, he received the 1988 Litigation Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He won a second litigation award for a 1996 asylum victory in the Fifth Circuit. He has litigated many other important immigration cases resulting in numerous published decisions.
Mr. Bates is an active member of AILA and a frequent speaker at AILA and other legal education conferences. He has become particularly noted for a series of “Guerrilla Lawyer” papers, advocating creative and aggressive arguments in defense of immigrants with criminal judgments. He is a past chairman of the Texas Chapter of AILA, and served for three years as Chairman of the AILA Liaison Committee with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the federal agency that houses the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. In 1998, he received the AILA Sam Williamson Mentor award for his assistance to other immigration lawyers.