Full CV Owen Ellison Kahn


1550 Madruga Avenue – #120
Coral Gables, FL 33146(305) 668-0084 (telephone)
(305) 668-3799 (facsimile)
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Bar Memberships:
District of Columbia



  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida. J.D. (cum laude)
  • University of California, Berkeley, California. Ph.D. Political Science / International Relations
  • Oxford University, Oxford, England. M.A. Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (PPE)
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. B.A. Politics, Law, Philosophy


  • University of Miami School of Law: Graduated cum laude
  • University of Miami School of Law: Dean’s Honor Scholarship
  • University of Miami: University Research Council Award
  • University of Miami, International Business and Banking Institute: Research Grant
  • Institute for the Study of World Politics: Fellow
  • University of California, Berkeley, Henry Robert Braden Fund: Fellow
  • University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor’s Patent Fund for Graduate Research: Fellow
  • University of California, Berkeley, Institute of International Studies: Dissertation Research Associate
  • United Nations Development Programme, New York: Intern
  • City of Miami Beach, Housing Authority: pro bono legal service award


  • Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


Attorney (Partner), Weiss & Kahn, P.A., Coral Gables, Florida (May 1997 to Present):

  • Practice appellate litigation, immigration law, and administrative law.
  • Research, write and argue appellate briefs—and provide research and legal memoranda to trial counsel—in state and federal court.
  • Represent immigration clients from around the world in federal court and before various government agencies, including U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Citizenship and Immigration Services—USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement—ICE, Customs and Border Protection—CBP), U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the National Fines Office, the Department of Labor (including its Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals—BALCA), and U.S. Consular offices the world over.
  • Research and write appellate briefs, legal memoranda, opinion letters, treatise chapters and conference articles on Immigration and Nationality Law.

Associate, Law Office of Elaine F. Weiss, P.A., Miami, Florida (March 1995 to May 1997):

  • Job description as above.

Independent Contractor (March 1995 to March 1996):

  • Researched and wrote appellate briefs for state and federal court.


  • Toiberman v. Tisera, 998 So. 2d 4 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Iannuzzelli v. Lovett, 981 So. 2d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Pubillones v. Lyons, 943 So. 2d 881 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006)


Lecturer, Department of International Studies, University of Miami (1995 to 2017):

  • Teach: International Law; International Human Rights.
  • Serve on Doctoral and Master’s comprehensive examination committees, Ph.D. dissertation and M.A. thesis committees, and Master’s practicum committees.

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (and Department of Political Science), University of Miami (1983 to 1994):

  • Taught: International Law; Diplomatic Negotiations; International Organizations; Political Economy of Industrial Societies; Ethnic and National Conflict; International Development Organizations; International Relations Theory; NorthSouth Relations; Politics and Society in South Africa; Natural Resources and International Relations; Modern Political Problems.
  • Service: faculty search committees; curriculum committees; comprehensive examination, Ph.D. dissertation, and Master’s thesis committees; student advising; Longrange Academic Computing Systems Planning Committee; Library Acquisitions Committee.

Contract Study, FingerhutMadison Consulting Company, Washington D.C. (1986):

  • Investigated the extent and impact of the investments of the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa on the U.S. economy, with special reference to its copper properties in western states, and analyzed the corporation’s labor policies in its South African mines.

Consultant, U.S. Department of State (with Professor Joanna Moss, San Francisco State University) (1981):

  • Assessed the costs and benefits to the European Union of the Lomé Convention (a development assistance arrangement between the European Union and its ex-colonies); analyzed the implications of the Lomé Convention for U.S. – Third World relations.

Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Bureau for Programme Policy and Evaluation, New York (1978 to 1979):

  • Designed and implemented a system of social indicators for supplementing GNP per capita and total population as bases for allocating development assistance funds. Evaluated and recommended more efficient and effective methods of technology transfer than the “demonstration effect” provided by long-term resident international experts.

Teaching Associate and Teaching Assistant, University of California Berkeley and Santa Cruz (1976 to 1980):

  • Taught: Political Theory; War and Politics in History; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Political Economy of Global Poverty and Wealth.
  • Service: Rapporteur for the Conference on the Law of the Sea, hosted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies; established UC Berkeley’s “CalintheUN” program for placing student interns in the United Nations; member of Faculty Research Seminar.

Assistant Professor and Department Co-Chair, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (1975):

  • Taught: International Relations Theory, Diplomatic History, and South African Foreign Policy. Co-administered the entire program.

Researcher and Consultant, University of California, Berkeley (with Professors Carl Rosberg, Robert Price, and Dean William Shack) (1976 to 1978):

  • Researched and drafted papers on: U.S. policy towards Southern Africa; U.S. import dependence on blackcontrolled versus whitecontrolled Africa; ethnic factors in the economic and political development of Namibia; communal strife in Rhodesia; OECD import dependence on black-controlled versus whitecontrolled Africa; statistical profile of the impact of government on development process in Africa.


  • “The Constitutional Foundations of Immigration Law,” Volume I, Chapter 9 of Gordon, Mailman and Yale-Loehr (editors-in-chief and authors), Immigration Law and Procedure (New York: Matthew Bender, 2009): 20 volumes, and also on LexisNexis and LexisNexis CD – Immigration Law Library.
  • “Documenting the Employment-Based Case – First and Second Preferences (EB-1 and EB-2),” by Owen Kahn and Susan Hahn, in The 26th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 2005).
  • “Avoiding the Labor Certification: Extraordinary Ability Workers and the National Interest Waiver,” by Owen Kahn and Michael Bander, in The 24th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 2003).
  • “The National Interest Waiver in Light of New York State Department of Transportation,” by Owen E. Kahn and Elaine F. Weiss, in The 20th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1999).
  • “Employment Based Immigration: The First and Second Preferences (EB-1 and EB-2),” by Owen E. Kahn and Michael A. Bander, in The 19th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1998).
  • “Employment Based Immigration: The First and Second Preferences,” by Owen Kahn and Michael Bander, in The 18th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1997).
  • “Employment Based Immigration: The First and Second Preferences,” by Owen Kahn and Michael Bander, in The 17th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1996).
  • “Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence,” by Owen E. Kahn and Elaine F. Weiss, in The 16th Annual Immigration Law Update (Tallahassee: The Florida Bar, 1995).
  • “Essay Writing and Research,” in How to Write and Speak Better. (London: The Reader’s Digest Association Limited, 1991).
  • “Coping with Exams,” in How to Write and Speak Better.
  • “Studying Techniques,” in How to Write and Speak Better.
  • Disengagement from Southwest Africa: Prospects for Peace in Angola and Namibia – edited by Owen E. Kahn (New Brunswick: Rutgers University, Transaction Publishers, 1990).
  • “Angola A Brief Profile,” in Disengagement from Southwest Africa.
  • “Perceptions and Peace,” in Disengagement from Southwest Africa.
  • “Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Tourism Industry,” World Trade Center Miami’s International Commercial Digest Volume 2, No. 7, January 1988.
  • “Cuba’s Impact on Southern Africa,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Volume 29, No. 3, Fall 1987.
  • “Raw Materials and Caribbean Economic Development: Resource Nationalism and Bauxite/Alumina/ Aluminum,” International Business and Banking Discussion Paper Series, 873, (University of Miami, 1987).
  • Resource Power and Economic Security: the Politics of Trade in Nonfuel Minerals, Doctoral Dissertation (University of California at Berkeley: May 1985, 609 pages).
  • “South Africa’s Impact on Zimbabwe as a Strategic Mineral Exporter: the Case of Chromium,” in Thomas Callaghy (ed.), South Africa in Southern Africa: the Intensifying Vortex of Violence (New York: Praeger, 1983; pp. 69106).
  • Budgetary, Administrative and Financial Matters: Recruitment, Use and Prospects of Reducing Costs of UNDPfinanced Experts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Report of the Administrator of UNDP (New York, 1979).
  • Supplementary Criteria for the Allocation of UNDP Finances, United Nations Development Programme (New York, 1978).
  • Thomas Hobbes’ Philosophy of Science, Master’s Thesis (University of California at Berkeley, 1974).
  • OpEd pieces on South Africa, e.g. The Miami Herald; The Orlando Sentinel.


  • “Documenting the EB-1/EB-2 Case” (Panelist at The 26th Annual Immigration Law Update, The Florida Bar, Miami, Florida).
  • “Documenting the EB-1/EB-2 Case: Developments in the National Interest Waiver” (Lecturer at The 20th Annual Immigration Law Update, The Florida Bar, Miami, Florida).
  • “Initial Interview: Marriage for Love—Prove It!” (Panel on Family-Based Immigration, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Immigration Law Conference, Miami, Florida).
  • “Transition to Democracy in South Africa” (University of Miami, Graduate School of International Studies, Corporate Associates’ Breakfast Series).
  • “The United States, Israel and South Africa” (American Jewish Committee, Miami).
  • “South African Strategic Resources and US Dependence” (Florida Political Science Association).
  • “South Africa’s Response to International Sanctions” (Florida Political Science Association).
  • “The Political Economy of Regional Relations in Southern Africa” (Florida Political Science Association).
  • “South Africa and Zimbabwe as Strategic Mineral Exporters” (Stanford/Berkeley Joint Africa Center).
  • “South Africa at the Crossroads” (South Dade County Democratic Club).
  • “The International Political Economy of Jamaica’s Bauxite Industry” (University of Miami, International Business and Banking Institute, Corporate Sponsors’ Breakfast Series).
  • “Sanctions against South Africa” (Florida International University).
  • “U.S. Policy towards South Africa” (Wesley Foundation, Miami).
  • “Sanctions and SelfRighteousness” (North Dade County Democratic Club).
  • “The United Nations Comes of Age” (Dade County UNUSA Association).
  • “Southern Africa in the 1990s: Major Changes Ahead” (Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning).
  • Numerous radio and television interviews and talk shows, and school interviews.

LANGUAGES: English, Afrikaans, Dutch (passable).