Debra Auerbach Clephane

Debra Auerbach Clephane: Attorney with The Murray Law Group A Professional Corporation
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Debbie Clephane is a shareholder in the Immigration Department and has extensive experience handling immigration matters and counseling employers in I-9 compliance actions. Debbie advises both U.S. and non-U.S. employers who seek to employ foreign nationals in the United States, and has experience facilitating the employment of U.S. workers abroad. She regularly counsels management and professional organizations on strategic planning immigration issues related to establishing new U.S. enterprises. Debbie also facilitates on-site employer training for human resource personnel on topics of temporary visa classifications, student employment, national interest waivers, permanent residence procedures, I-9 compliance, E-verify, NAFTA and IRCA discrimination.

The Best Lawyers in America (2009-present)

The Best Lawyers in American -- Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015;

Michigan Super Lawyers (2006, 2008-present);

dbusiness Top Lawyers;

Author: "The Face of Immigration Under the Obama Administration," Michigan International Lawyer (2009);

Co-Author: Immigration Chapter, HR Guide to Employment Law; A Practical Compliance Reference (2009);

Author: "Recent Developments in Immigration Law: Part II," Michigan International Lawyer, Vol. XX, No. 1, Winter 2008;

Author: "Recent Developments in Immigration Law: Part I," Michigan International Lawyer, Vol. XIX, No. 3, Fall 2007;

Co-Author: "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine in Michigan," Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1992);

Author of numerous articles on immigration law in professional journals and immigration newsletters;

Past Editor, "The Immigration Corner," monthly column in the Michigan Employment Law Letter;


"Work Authorization Options: The Road to H-1B and Beyond," for Wayne State University, Global Talent Retention Initiative (2012);

"Immigration in 2012: Views from the Past, the Present, and the Future," State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section Annual Meeting (2012);

Customs & Border Protection Panel, AILA-Michigan Spring Conference (2012);

"Career Options: Immigration Law," Michigan State University Law School (2012);

"Immigration Challenges: Homeland Security Measures vs. Labor Market Demand" (2011);

"Career Options: Immigration Law," for International Law Section, Wayne State University Law School (2011);

"Career Options: Immigration Law," for International Law Section, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2011);

"Immigration Under the Obama Administration: A Retrospective," for International Law Section, Wayne State University Law School (2011);

"Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program" for International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2010);

"The Face of Immigration Under the Obama Administration," for International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2009);

"IRCA & the Balancing Act: I-9 Compliance vs. Discrimination," for Michigan College & University Professors Association (2005);

"Vigilance vs. Discrimination: I-9 Compliance for Your Workforce," for M. Lee Smith's HR Hero Audio Conference Series (2003);

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Immigration Law
  • Business Immigration
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Employment Sanctions
  • Citizenship
  • Visas

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
248-686-1773  Phone
(248) 540-8019  Phone
(248) 540-8059  Fax
University Attended:
Wayne State University, B.A., in Economics, high distinction, 1986
Law School Attended:
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude; The Wayne Law Review, Note & Comment Editor, 1991
Year of First Admission:
1991, Michigan
State Bar of Michigan, Member International Law Section (1991-present)

Chair, 2017-present

President Elect and Executive Board Member (2016-17)

Treasurer and Executive Board Member (2015-2016)

Secretary and Executive Board Member (2014-2015)

Co-Chair, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee (2011-14)

Council Member, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee (2009-14)

Chair, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee (2011-2013);

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation;

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - Michigan Chapter (1992- present)

Chair, Global Detroit Committee (2015)

AILA Liaison to Global Michigan (2015)

Chair, Michigan AILA-Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee (2011-13);

Customs and Border Protection, Citizen Academy (2012);

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (Former Board Member);

American Arab and Jewish Friends, a group affiliated with Metropolitan Detroit Interfaith Roundtable (Former Board Member);

Detroit Country Day School Parent Board (2010-12 and 2014-present)

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, 1963

Peer Reviews

Bingham Farms, Michigan

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