Elana Baurer practices in the areas of employment law and immigration law. Ms. Baurer is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was special events editor of the Immigration Law Journal. She published a note in the 2013 Immigration Law Journal entitled, Unknown and Unaddressed: The Educational Needs of Afghan Refugee Children in Urban Areas of Pakistan. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is fluent in Spanish and has basic proficiency in Hebrew.
Areas of Practice
· Employment Law
· Immigration Law
· Assisted with an Answer to a Complaint and a Position Statement defending a client against discrimination and retaliation charges in front of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission
· Assisted with an Answer to Complaint and a Request for Evidence defending a client against age and disability discrimination charges in front of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
· Assisted with an Answer to a Complaint and a Position Statement defending a client against race and gender discrimination charges in front of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission
· Assisted with an asylum case in Newark Immigration Court for an Indian national
· Assisted with a PERM application for a clinical training specialist
· Assisted with a National Interest Waiver I-140 for a physician working in an underserved community
· Assisted with a series of L-1 blanket visas for a global fellowship program
· Assisted with an I-140 in the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability category
· Assisted with an I-140 in the EB-1 Outstanding Researcher category
· Assisted with an I-140 in the EB-2 category
· Assisted with an I-140 in the EB-2 National Interest Waiver category
· Assisted with a PERM application for a Director of Conservation
· Assisted with a pro bono citizenship case
· Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2013-present
· Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic, Juvenile Defender, Washington, D.C., 2012-2013
- - Represented juvenile offenders in delinquency cases, counseled clients regarding collateral immigration consequences for their charges, mediated between clients and their parents and other authority figures, advocated for clients with schools, counselors, probation officers, prosecutors and judges.
· Human Rights Fact-Finding Mission, Researcher and Advocate, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012
- Conducted original research including interviewing 120 stakeholders in the juvenile justice system
- Produced a report examining how students who have been excluded from public schools through suspension, expulsion, or involvement with the juvenile justice system are unable to return to a meaningful or mainstream educational setting. Developed advocacy strategy and documents, met with policymakers.
· Human Rights Watch (HRW), Legal Intern, New York, NY, Winter 2011-Spring 2012
- Researched statutory provisions about the incarceration and isolation of youth in adult facilities to develop litigation strategy.
- Designed interview questions, conducted phone interviews with jail administrators.
· Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights: DC Prisoner's Project, Legal Intern, Washington, D.C., Fall 2011
- Researched potential claims for incarcerated DC residents, corresponded with clients regarding their cases, visited and interviewed clients in the DC Jail.
- Conducted support research for staff attorneys.
· Capitol Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Legal Intern, Washington, D.C.. Summer 2011
- Conducted legal research and analysis with a focus on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
- Under attorney supervision, represented a client applying for relief by collecting documents, preparing witnesses, completing forms, and writing a brief.
- Participated in jail visits.
Honors and Awards
· Tribe 12 Jewish Entrepreneurial Fellowship 2013-2014
· Public Interest 1L of the Year 2010-2011
· Hispanic Bar Association of DC Grant Recipient 2011
· Co-author, "New Jersey Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase," Duane Morris Alert, November 8, 2013
· Co-author, New Jersey Superior Court Rules That Same-Sex Marriages Must Be Allowed," Duane Morris Alert, October 7, 2013
· Co-author, "OFCCP Issues Revised Affirmative Action Regulations for Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities," Duane Morris Alert, September 23, 2013
· "Unknown and Unaddressed: The Educational Needs of Afghan Refugee Children in Urban Areas of Pakistan," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2013)
· Author, "Diaspora and Belonging: Black Jewish Americans and the State of Israel: Black Jewish Americans and their Relationships with the State of Israel," LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, August 17, 2011