Margaret D. Stock

Counsel to the Firm

Areas of Practice

Margaret Stock focuses her practice on immigration and citizenship law. She is a nationally known expert on immigration and national security laws, and has testified regularly before Congressional committees on immigration, homeland security, and military matters. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, Margaret has extensive experience with U.S. military issues. She has also worked as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and she has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska. Margaret served as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration from 2008-2012. She regularly authors articles on military-related immigration issues, and is well-versed on “parole in place” for military family members and the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (“MAVNI”) Program. Margaret authored the book Immigration Law & the Military, which was published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2012.

Professional Experience

  • Department of Political Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Adjunct Instructor (2010-2012)
  • Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University, Visiting Fellow (2009)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
    • Department of Social Sciences, Associate Professor (Reservist) (2006-2010)
    • Department of Law, Associate Professor (2004-2006)
    • Department of Law, Assistant Professor (2001-2004)
  • Stock & Moeller, LLC, Partner (1998-2001)
  • Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Associate (1992-1998)

Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics

  • U.S. Army War College (Masters of Strategic Studies, 2006)
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A., 2001)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., with honors, 1992)
  • Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (A.B., with honors in Government, 1985)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Immigration

Representative Matters and Clients

  • State of Alaska, Dep’t of Revenue v. Martha Andrade, 23 P.3d 58 (Alaska 2001) class action, equal protection.

TV/Radio Interviews

Publications

  • “Sessions Amendment Would Harm Military Families,” The Hill’s Congress Blog (May 20, 2013)
  • “Iowa Raids Help Shape Immigration Debate,” USA Today, Quoted (May 9, 2013)
  • “Through the Obstacle Course of Immigration, Many Paths to Citizenship,” NBCNews.com, Quoted (April 10, 2013)
  • “Bill Would Apply Immigration Status to Alaska Drivers Licenses,” Anchorage Daily News, Quoted (April 7, 2013)
  • “MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest): Noncitizens May Bypass the Green Card Process and Earn U.S. Citizenship for Military Service,” LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis (March 2013)
  • “New Legislation to Help Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans Expedite Citizenship of Family Members, Protect Them From Deportation,” Lake County News (March 2, 2013)
  • “US Army Offers Citizenship Track for Needed Skills,” Associated Press, Quoted (February 28, 2013)
  • “Bill Would Slow U.S. Veteran Deportations,” Military.Com, Quoted (February 21, 2013)
  • “Path to Citizenship: Undocumented Veterans Who Served Honorably May Still be Eligible for Citizenship,” Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Co-author (February 15, 2013)
  • “Deportation Case Dropped Against Veteran; Citizenship Application Pending,” Lake County News, Quoted (February 12, 2013)
  • “Veteran Faces Potential Deportation Due to Tougher Immigration Law Interpretation,” Lake County News, Quoted (February 9, 2013)
  • “Immigration Status Dashes Vally Man’s Military Dreams,” The Fresno Bee, Quoted (January 25, 2013)
  • “Join the Army, Speak a Language and Become a Citizen,” PRI’s The World, Quoted (December 17, 2012)
  • “Path to Citizenship — Undocumented Veterans Who Served Honorably May Still be Eligible for Citizenship,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Co-author (November 2012)
  • “Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist,” New York Times, Quoted (October 27, 2012)
  • “Immigration Questions Not Answered by Debate,” San Antonio Express-News, Quoted (October 17, 2012)
  • “Romney Has a Visa Problem,” New York Times’ The Editorial Page Blog, Quoted (October 2, 2012)
  • “Romney Says He Would Honor Immigration Reprieves Granted by Obama,” New York Times’ The Caucus Blog, Quoted (October 2, 2012)
  • “Questions Linger About Immigration of Mia Love’s Parents,” Daily Herald, Quoted (September 30, 2012)
  • “Mia Love’s Immigrant Story May be True, But Some Questions Still Linger,” The Salt Lake Tribune, Quoted (September 28, 2012)
  • “Mia Love May be Right About Her Family’s Immigration History,” Forbes, Quoted (September 28, 2012)
  • “Illegal Immigrants, Not so Illegal: Near-Americans Yearning to Stay in America,” Chicago Tribune, Quoted (August 19, 2012)
  • “Seafood Industry to Lose Foreign Student Workers,” Anchorage Press, Quoted (July 26, 2012)
  • “A Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Military Family Members,” Westlaw Immigration Briefings (July 2012)
  • “It’s Not Exactly Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” New York Times’ Five Thirty Eight Blog, Quoted (July 18, 2012)
  • “Lawsuit by 5 Born in American Samoa Seeks US Citizenship by Virtue of Birth in the Territory,” Associated Press, Quoted (July 12, 2012)
  • “The Court Throws Arizona a Tough Bone to Chew,” Supreme Court of the United States blog (June 27, 2012)
  • “Next Stop for Arizona Immigration Law: Back to the Courts?” MSNBC, Quoted (June 25, 2012)
  • “Shift Leads to Confusion on Status Within the Military,” The Boston Globe, Quoted (June 23, 2012)
  • “Immigration Officials Unprepared With Rules for Policy,” San Antonio Express-News, Quoted (June 18, 2012)
  • “Sub-regulatory Guidance in Immigration Matters: How to Use it Wisely,” American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Immigration Practice Pointers handbook (June 2012)
  • “Practical Problems with Attempts to Change the Fourteenth Amendment Through an Interstate Birth Certificate Compact,” Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (May 1, 2012)
  • “Traffic Stop Highlights Arizona Law,” The Wall Street Journal, Quoted (May 5, 2012)
  • “Supreme Court to Hear Arizona Immigration Case: Who Wins, Loses?” MSNBC, Quoted (April 24, 2012)
  • Immigration Law and the Military, American Immigration Lawyers Association (April 2012)
  • “Is Birthright Citizenship Good for America?” Cato Journal (Winter 2012)
  • “Immigration Crackdown Also Snares Americans,” New York Times, Quoted (December 13, 2011)
  • “The Database — In the Mackenzie Cowell Murder case, Homeland Security Displays its Ever-Growing Cache of Personal Info,” The Wenatchee World, Quoted (November 23, 2011)
  • “The Hidden Hand — In Local Police Investigations, Homeland Security Takes an Unexpected Role,” The Wenatchee World, Quoted (November 22, 2011)
  • “The Lessons of 9/11 and Immigration: Some Progress, Many Missed Opportunities, and a Long Way To Go,” Penn State Law’s program “The 9/11 Effect and its Legacy on U.S. Immigration Laws,” (September 16, 2011)
  • “American Bar Rebuffs Changes to Citizenship Clause,” The Alaska Bar Rag newspaper (September 2011)
  • “Restrictionist Group Strikes Out in Latest Report on Children of Diplomats,” Immigration Impact blog (July 28, 2011)
  • “Arizona v. United States: The Tail Wagging the Dog on Regulating Immigration Enforcement,”Supreme Court of the United States blog (July 14, 2011)
  • “Immigration Law Provision Pardons Immigrant Spouses of US Soldiers,” Texas Public Radio, Quoted (July 7, 2011)
  • “The Innovators of America’s Future: DREAM Students,” California Progress Report, Quoted (July 6, 2011)
  • “Editorial: A path to citizenship,” Daily News, Quoted (July 5, 2011)
  • “S.B. 1070: The Unconstitutional and Inefficient Law That May Just Fix Immigration,” Regent University Law Review (July 2011)
  • “Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan Trumpet DREAM Act Despite Political Barriers,” Huffington Post, Quoted (June 27, 2011)
  • “Parole in Place for Military Families,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Immigration Practice Pointers 2011-2012 Edition (June 2011)
  • “Recent Developments in Military Enlistment & Naturalization Law,” Immigration Briefings No. 11-03 (March 2011)
  • “Arizona’s Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law: ‘Force Multiplier,’ or ‘Ball and Chain’?” Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups, Pg. 75-79, (November 2010)
  • “Essential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military, Eight Years After 9/11,” Special Report, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Council (November 2009)
  • “Policy Arguments in Favor of Retaining America’s Birthright Citizenship Law,” Made in America: Myths & Facts About Birthright Citizenship, Immigration Policy Center Perspectives (September 2009)
  • Professionals: A Matter of Degree (5th ed.), American Immigration Lawyers Association, Co-author (2009)
  • “Advanced Issues in Naturalization: Practical Problems & Solutions,” Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, Pg. 607-617 (2008-2009)
  • “National Security & Immigration Policy: Reclaiming Terms, Measuring Success & Setting Priorities,” The Homeland Security Review, Vol. 1, No. 3, Co-author (Fall 2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Immigration Law,” LexisNexis “Meet the Experts” segment (June 29, 2013)
  • “Use of False Documents: How It Can Complicate a Case,” American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference, Co-presenter (June 29, 2013)
  • “Citizenship in a Global Era: A Report From Rome,” and “Employer Verification Obligations,” 10th Annual Federal Bar Association (May 17-18, 2013)
  • “Immigration Reform,” Republican National Lawyers Association’s National Policy Conference (April 26, 2013)
  • “Compliance Strategies for General Counsels and Other Corporate Officers: Avoiding Fines, Headlines, Litigation and Jail Time,” 3rd Annual Stanford Law School Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium (April 19, 2013)
  • “The Republican Case for Immigration Reform,” Anchorage Republican Women’s Club Luncheon (March 14, 2013)
  • “First Steps on Immigration Reform? The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013,” The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies Conference Call, Co-presenter (February 8, 2013)
  • “Immigration Issues for Military Family Members: Parole in Place,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter CLE Webinar
  • “Labor & Employment: Arizona v. United States: Immigration Policy & the Economy,” 2012 National Lawyers Convention, Panelist (November 15, 2012)
  • “The Path to Citizenship for Military Family Members,” American Immigration Lawyers Association California Chapters Conference (November 10, 2012)
  • “Be All That You Can Be: Military Issues for the Immigration Lawyer,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall Joint Chapter Conference (November 3, 2012)
  • “Supporting Our Troops — How Interagency Coordination Helps Members of the Military and Their Families,” Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s 2012 Annual Conference, Panelist (October 18, 2012)
  • “Expedited Citizenship & Preserving Continuity of Residence,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome Chapter Fall Conference (October 5, 2012)
  • “How Employers Can Use U.S. Immigration Laws to Their Advantage,” 74th Annual Northwest Human Resource Management Association Conference and Tradeshow (October 2, 2012)
  • “Immigration, Race and Incarceration,” 2012 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Moderator (August 5, 2012)
  • “Arizona v. United States: Enforcing Immigration Laws,” The Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group Teleforum (June 26, 2012)
  • “The Role of Sub-Regulatory Guidance: How to Use It Wisely,” American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Panel Discussion Leader (June 14, 2012)
  • “Citizenship in a Global Era,” Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Conference (May 25, 2012)
  • Arizona v. United States Litigation Update,” The Federalist Society’s Civil Rights Practice Group Teleforum (April 27, 2012)
  • “American Birthright Citizenship Rules and the Exclusion of ‘Outsiders,’” “Citizenship-in-Question: Evidentiary Challenges for Jus Soli and Autochthony, from Authenticité to ‘Birtherism’ Conference” (April 20, 2012)
  • “Immigration 101 for Alaska Human Resource Managers,” Anchorage Society for Human Resource Managers (March 27, 2012)
  • “Immigration Issues Related to Military Service,” New York Immigration Coalition, Immigrant Concerns Training Institute (March 21, 2012)
  • “Parole in Place — The Real Deal or Just More Fiction From Great Expectations,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program Webinar (March 20, 2012)
  • “Tax and Expatriation Issues, American Immigration Lawyers Association Northwest Continuing Legal Education Conference, Discussion Leader (March 16, 2012)
  • “Is Military Justice to Justice as Military Music is to Music?” Saint Thomas University School of Law (March 12, 2012)
  • “Challenges Facing California and the Western States,” The Federalist Society’s Sixth Annual Western Conference, Panelist (January 28, 2012)
  • “Naturalizing Military Personnel,” Immigration Advocates Network Podcast (January 17, 2012)
  • “Immigration Compliance: Guiding Your Way Through the Web of Immigration Laws,” Lane Powell Seminar, Seattle (December 6, 2011)
  • “Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment: Facts, Consequences and Policy Considerations,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, Panelist (November 18, 2011)
  • “Breaching Borders: State Encroachment into the Federal Immigration Domain?” Washburn University School of Law’s Symposium (October 21, 2011)
  • “Immigration Issues Related to U.S. Military Service,” Washington State Chapter American Immigration Lawyers Association (October 3, 2011)
  • “Security and Sovereignty Issues and Challenges: A Circumpolar Snapshot,” Northern Transportation Conference 2011: Circumpolar Challenges and Opportunities,” (September 20, 2011)
  • “Immigration and National Security,” Penn State Immigration Symposium, Panelist (September 17, 2011)
  • “The Battle over Birthright Citizenship: History, International Perspectives, and the Path Ahead Showcase Program,” American Bar Association 2011 Toronto Annual Meeting (August 4, 2011)
  • “Perimeter Security,” Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University and Seattle Canadian Consulate General of Canada Seminar (June 20, 2011)
  • “True Claims to U.S. Citizenship,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Webinar (March 29, 2011)
  • “Immigration Issues for Human Resources Professionals,” Anchorage Society of Human Resources Managers (March 22, 2011)
  • “The Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment and Birthright Citizenship: Modern Challenges to a Longstanding Rule,” Symposium on Immigration & Homeland Security Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Keynote Speaker (March 3, 2011)
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the Guantanamo Detainees,” Guantanamo and The Response: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Alaska Bar Association (December 14, 2010)
  • “Immigration, the Arizona Statute, and E Pluribus Unum,” Federalist Society 2010 National Lawyers Convention (November 18, 2010)
  • “National Security, Immigration, & the Rule of Law,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2010 Fall Meeting (November 4, 2010)
  • “Birthright Citizenship & the Battle Over Illegal Immigration,” Cato Institute Capitol Hill Briefing (October 25, 2010)
  • “Immigration, Citizenship, & Security: The Current Debate,” Hamilton College (October 21, 2010)
  • “The Constitution & Citizenship: Modern Day Challenges to the Founders’ Ideals,” Constitution Day Polaris Lecture, University of Alaska Anchorage (September 17, 2010)
  • “Military-Related Immigration Issues,” 2010 Joint Services Immigration & Naturalization Symposium, Naval League Service Office Mid-Atlantic (August 27, 2010)
  • “Advanced Issues in Citizenship & Naturalization,” American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAnnual Conference, Discussion Leader and Speaker (July 3, 2010)
  • “Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest,” USCIS District 23 Military Summit (March 23, 2010)
  • “The American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (January 19, 2010)
  • “From F-1 or J-1 Directly to U.S. Citizenship: The U.S. Army’s MAVNI Pilot Program,” NAFSA Region VIII Conference (November 14, 2009)
  • “Immigration Reform: What’s at Stake for the Northern Border,” Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University (November 12, 2009)
  • “Immigration Issues in the Workplace,” Fundamentals of Employment Law in Alaska Conference (October 29, 2009)
  • “Advanced Issues in Naturalization & Citizenship,” University of Texas 33rd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law (October 22, 2009)
  • “Non-Citizens and the U.S. Military,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Discussion Leader and Speaker (June 5, 2009)
  • “National Security Aspects of Immigration Law,” 17th National Security Law Institute, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia (June 3, 2009)
  • “Policies & Attitudes Towards Immigrant Civic & Political Participation, & Dual Citizenship in the European Union & North America,” Migration Policy Institute, Panelist (May 15, 2009)

Awards and Honors

  • Peer Review Rated “AV” in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as “Alaska Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers magazine, Immigration (2007, 2009)
  • Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2008)
  • Advocacy Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2005)
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal, Corporate Immigration (2012)
  • Military Awards include: The Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, among others.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Alaska Bar Association
    • Member, Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (1998-2001)
    • Founding Chair, Immigration Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Commission on Immigration (2008-2012)
    • Co-chair, Immigration Litigation Committee (2005-2008)
    • Co-chair, Joint Subcommittee on International Refugee Law of the Immigration & Naturalization
    • Member, International Human Rights Committee (2006-2007)
    • Co-chair and Vice Chair, Immigration & Naturalization Committee (2004-2008)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Member (Present)
    • Chair, Border Security Advocacy Committee (2005-2006)
  • New York City Bar Association
    • Member (Present)
    • Chair, International Security Affairs Committee (2006-2010)
  • Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy
  • Republican National Lawyers Association
  • President, Harvard Club of Alaska (2009-2012)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2005-Present)
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations Immigration Policy Task Force (2008)
  • Editorial Board, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (2007-Present)
  • Immigration Adjudication Project Working Group, The Administrative Conference of the U.S. (2012)
Margaret D. Stock
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