Notable Cases

The following case summaries do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

Immigration attorney Susan E. Hill has handled more than one hundred cases in total, with issues often focused on procedural due process, jurisdiction, statutory interpretation, constitutional challenges, and asylum eligibility. Several published decisions include:

Duran Escobar v. Lynch, __ F.3d __ (9th Cir. 2017)(established that an offense under Cal. P.C. § 136.1(a) is not a categorical Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT)).

Khodagholian v. Ashcroft, 355 F.3d 1003 (9th Cir. 2003)(successfully defended green card holder against charges of abandonment).

Andia v. Ashcroft, 359 F.3d 1181 (9th Cir. 2004)(successfully challenged the requirements for motions to reopen in removal proceedings).

Cordoba v. Holder, 726 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2013)(establishing that wealthy landowners in Colombia may qualify as a particular social group for asylum protection).

Garcia-Gomez v. Gonzales, 498 F.3d 1050 (9th Cir. 2007)(successfully advanced clients’ meritorious excuse for late-filed appeal brief).

Vargas-Garcia v Ashcroft, 287 F.3d 882 (9th Cir. 2002)(successfully challenged rules for filing appellate briefs).

Falcon-Carriche v. Ashcroft, 350 F.3d 845 (9th Cir. 2003)(challenging BIA’s new and restrictive streamlining regulations).

“Ms. A”: Honor Killings: In 2000, the case of “Ms. A” gained national notoriety and Congressional attention on the issue of “honor killings” and asylum relief, and was handled with the assistance of U.C. Hastings’ Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.