Still a Legal 'Cinderella?' - Why the Immigration Courts Remain an Ill-Treated Stepchild Today

"During my legal career, immigration law has transformed from an arcane, maligned, and ofttimes extraneous-seeming legal specialty into an area of law that routinely crops up in the everyday work of tens of thousands of attorneys who practice in the areas of criminal, family, juvenile, and civil law. You may be among these multitudes and not even realize you are. The goal of this article is to provide insight into this still-misunderstood field and to demonstrate why it is in the interest of the legal community and the public to work for reform of immigration courts." - Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, The Federal Lawyer, March 2012.