Margaret H. ("Peggy") McCormick is a Principal in the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., and has been practicing exclusively in the field of immigration law for over thirty years. From 1999 until 2003, she served as National President of the American Immigration Law Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1987. During her tenure, she established the Immigration Policy Center to increase public understanding of immigration. She is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (1997-98).She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association of Chicago and is the Treasurer of this organization. Since 1986, Ms. McCormick has been an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University School of Law, Chicago. She has also been named Master Teacher of Immigration Law by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Ms. McCormick has written extensively and has spoken on a wide variety of immigration issues. She is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has held the Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV (very high to preeminent) for many years. She has been listed in Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America since 1992 and is also listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and a is a lifetime member of the National Registry of Who's Who. She has been named Illinois Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers chosen by peers through independent research). She is also an Advisory Board member of the Leading Lawyers Network of Illinois in the employment immigration section (top 1% of lawyers in Illinois) and has been named one of the top 50 Women Business Lawyers in the state of Illinois. She holds her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (1977) and her undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago (Mundelein College, 1973).
2010-Present: Committee Chair, ICE Workplace Enforcement Committee, Chicago Chapter of AILA.
1986-Present: Adjunct Professor of immigration law at Loyola University School of Law. Teaches a seminar course on Workplace Enforcement and Immigration and team-teaches a survey course of Immigration Law with Immigration Judge Robert D. Vinikoor.
2000: Appointed Master Teacher of Immigration Law for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
1999-2003: President of the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Law Foundation, a national organization established to provide public policy research on the impact of immigration, to document the value of immigration to the U.S. and to advance fundamental fairness and due process for immigrants. During her tenure, she founded the Immigration Policy Institute. Member of the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Law Foundation, 1996-1999.
1997-1998: Elected national President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national bar association of over 10,000 immigration lawyers; 1990-Present: Member of the national AILA Board of Governors. 1989-90: Chair of AILA Greater Chicago Chapter. Served as Chair of the 1991 AILA Annual Conference in Chicago.
2009-Present: Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter.
1992-1996; 2004-Present: Member of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors, Chicago Chapter. She chairs the annual all-day conference, Workplace Enforcement and Immigration, and is also chair of the FBA Lefkow Fellowship program at Northwestern University School of Law.
2004-2008: Member of the Board of Directors of the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian assistance organization providing relief and recovery services to refugees and displaced persons around the world.
1994: Appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to serve on the Citizenship Assistance Council.
1992-1995: Appointed to the Section Council, International and Immigration Law, Illinois State Bar Association.
1990: Appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to serve on the Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
1983-85: Chair and Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association, Immigration Law Committee.
1980-Present: Regular contributing author and speaker in programs on immigration law sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), NAFSA: Association of International Educators; Lorman Seminars; various law schools.
1978-1980: Staff attorney for Travelers & Immigrants Aid. Fluent in Spanish.
B.A. Loyola University (Mundelein College - 1973); J.D. De Paul University College of Law (1977). Admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois (1978), U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1979), U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1981).
"Excludable and Deportable Aliens" --1980 Immigration Law Manual Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (updates 1986, 1988). "Waivers Under the Immigration and Nationally Act" --AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1988 (updates 1989 and 1990); "Immigration Selection System" --AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1991; "Labor Certification for Alien Beneficiary Shareholders" -AILA: Labor Certification Practice and Procedure, 1990; "Role of the State Department in the Implementation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990" --Practicing Law Institute: 24th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, 1991; "Non-Immigrants" --Immigration Symposium at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1991; "The Doctrine of Consular Non-reviewability Applied to a Challenge to a State Department Advisory Opinion" --AILA, A Guide to Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies, 1991; "Obtaining H-3 Classification" AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1992; "Immigration of Foreign Scientists Through Non-academic Employers" AILA, 1993; "B-1 Temporary Visitor for Business" Practicing Law Institute, 1994; "Finding the Correct Wage for LCAs: Recent Developments in H-1B Practice" Immigration Briefings, April, Federal Publications, Inc. 1995; "LCA Compliance and the Roving Employee" AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1996; "Does the EB-2/EB-3 Distinction Matter Anymore?" AILA, 2001; "The Visa Waiver Program" AILA, Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2002; "Inalienable Right" Illinois Issues, 2005; "What the Immigration Conundrum Portends: ICE in the Workplace" Public Interest Law Reporter, Loyola School of Law (2008); "Agencies That Affect Immigration Law" --AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2009 (in progress).
Best Lawyers' 2013 Chicago Immigration Law; Lawyer of the Year.