Rashid v. Mukasey, 531 F.3d 438 (6th Cir. 2008)
Successfully argued that two misdemeanor possessions of marijuana do not constitute an aggravated felony. This position was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, 560 U.S. 563, 580 (2010).
Ward v. Holder, 733 F.3d 601 (6th Cir. 2013)
Successfully argued that the Immigration Judge (IJ) held the government to an incorrect standard of proof for abandonment of permanent residence. The IJ applied “clear and convincing evidence” rather than the higher burden of “clear, convincing and unequivocal.”
Barakat v. Holder, 621 F.3d 398 (6th Cir. 2010)
Successfully argued that the BIA improperly assigned the burden of proof on Barakat. Also won attorney fees under EAJA.
Abbo v. Gonzales, 150 Fed. Appx. 524 (6th Cir. 2005)
Successfully argued that substantial evidence did not support the IJ’s adverse credibility finding in Iraqi citizen’s asylum application.
Al Saleh v. Dist. Dir., Case No. 06-13372, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22171 (EDMI 2007)
Successfully argued that the term “examination” as used in 8 U.S.C.S. § 1447(b) referred to agency’s initial interview of applicant. EAJA fee settlement with government.
Mahmood v. Dist. Dir., USCIS, Case No. 07-12766, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77934 (EDMI 2008)
Successfully argued that the court had exclusive jurisdiction because naturalization interviews constituted the “examination” under 8 U.S.C.S. § 1447(b) and commenced the running of the passed 120-day period.