Full CV Elaine F. Weiss

ELAINE F. WEISS

1550 Madruga Avenue – #400
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
(305) 668-0084 (telephone)
(305) 668-3799 (facsimile)
efw@WeissKahnLaw.com
Bar Memberships:
Ohio
Florida
District of Columbia

EMPLOYMENT
Post – J.D.

  • Weiss & Kahn, P.A., Coral Gables, Florida (formerly Elaine F. Weiss, P.A.) August 1983 – present
    Practice immigration and nationality law.
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Law Department, University of Miami School of Business Administration, Coral Gables, Florida August 1983 – December 1994
    Taught courses in regulated industries, contracts and sales.
  • Attorney, Schreiber and Steinberg, P.A., Miami, Florida November 1981 – August 1983
    Practiced immigration, corporate and employment discrimination law.
  • Consultant, Commission on the Legal Problems of the Elderly, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. February 1981 – July 1982
    Provided legal counsel to the Commission on issues of nursing home care, social security, housing and involvement of the private bar in the problems of the elderly. Wrote grant proposals, articles, Congressional testimony and speeches. Represented the Commission’s interests before government agencies, public interest groups, and state and local bar associations.
  • Faculty of Law, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C. February 1981 – July 1982
    Taught legal analysis, legal writing and age discrimination in Antioch’s master’s degree program.
  • Attorney, U.S. Air, Inc., Washington, D.C. October 1978 – February 1981
    Represented U.S. Air (formerly Allegheny Airlines) before the Civil Aeronautics Board in route development, rulemaking, consumer and corporate matters. Handled foreign licensing and service issues, Federal Aviation Administration enforcement and rulemaking proceedings, consumer litigation and miscellaneous corporate law issues.
  • Faculty of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida August 1977 – June 1978
    Taught agency law, communications law, appellate advocacy, legal research and ethics.

Pre – J.D.

  • Instructor, National Center for Law and the Deaf, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. August 1976 – May 1977
    Initiated and participated in a pilot project designed to acquaint deaf students with the law. Taught practical law at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university for the deaf in the United States. Developed legal resource and curriculum materials for use in the course.
  • Staff Assistant, Office of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson, United States Senate, Washington, D.C. March 1974 – August 1975
    Formulated policy for federal agency matters affecting Illinois, the elderly, agriculture and energy programs. Drafted speeches, statements, news releases, fact and strategy memoranda, and correspondence. Organized field hearings.
  • Assistant, Office of Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. January 1973 – September 1973
    Analyzed Commission agenda items (assignment and transfer, complaints, renewal, broadcast, aural and television) and recommended how the Commissioner should vote. Drafted opinions, speeches and testimony for the Commissioner. Planned curriculum and directed research for a communications law seminar at Georgetown University Law School (see Broadcasting in America, 42 FCC 2d 1 (1973)).

EDUCATION
Legal

  • The National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. August 1973 – May 1974, August 1975 – May 1977
    Juris Doctor
    Emphasis on federal administrative law

Undergraduate

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois September 1969 – December 1972
    Graduated with highest honors; Zeta Phi Eta (honorary fraternity); certificate of academic distinction 10 of 11 quarters; Harry M. Ratner Scholarship

REPRESENTATIVE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Serve as Member of Board of Directors (and formerly as President, President Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary) of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) South Florida Chapter (1986 – present)
  • Wrote article initially published in the Florida Bar Journal’s May 1992 special edition on immigration law, and reprinted starting in the 1995 edition of West Publishing’s law text, Immigration: Process and Policy, by then-INS General Counsel Alex Aleinikoff, Prof. Hiroshi Motomura and Prof. David Martin.
  • Plan curriculum, and serve as lecturer, writer and moderator in Florida Bar and South Florida AILA continuing legal education programs on immigration law (1987 – present); e.g. “The National Interest Waiver in Light of New York State Department of Transportation” (with Owen E. Kahn) in The 20th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1999); “Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence” (with Owen E. Kahn) in The 16th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1995); “Labor Certifications” in The 11th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1990).
  • Lecture on issues in immigration law at national convention of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, before Judge Advocate General’s Law School (Charlottesville, Virginia), Rotary, and other educational, professional, and civic organizations.
  • Named to the first and subsequent editions of Leading American Attorneys (previously known as Law & Leading Attorneys), a series of surveys identifying leading lawyers in various specialties.
  • Served as a Member and then as Chair of Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee focusing on immigration. Previously served as expert witness for the Committee.
  • Served as expert witness on immigration in various Florida state court cases.
  • Developed and implemented student writing contest on immigration that has since been adopted nationwide by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Received (along with Owen Kahn) honorary proclamation from the Housing Authority of Miami Beach, Florida, for pro bono service to victims of domestic violence.
  • Served as special counsel to the Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar in connection with complaints arising out of attorney representation in immigration matters.
  • Served on American Immigration Lawyers Association’s national committees for regulatory policy, and writing contests.
  • Served on Dade County Schools’ law education advisory board.
  • Selected, coordinated and introduced speakers at monthly Immigration and Naturalization Service citizenship swear-in ceremonies.
  • Served as expert for University of Miami information systems class in which the course project was designing and implementing a computer system to manage an immigration law practice.
  • Appeared on local news and public affairs shows concerning immigration.
  • Served as pro bono counsel in successful handicap discrimination lawsuit against Miami-Dade County.
  • Served on the Florida Bar’s Youth and the Law Advisory Board.
  • Served as chairperson for vendor concessions for the annual South Miami Art Festival.