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Board of Directors

Robert Lange, President, Retired Attorney, Ameritas

Kevin Ruser, Vice President, Professor of Law and Director of  UNL Civil Law Clinic

Paul Shoemaker, Treasurer, Director of School of Accountancy, UNL; LLP

Jeanette M. Smith, Secretary, Lawyer, Kutak Rock LLP

Sriyani Tidball, Chair, Professor of Journalism, UNL Department of Journalism

Gwendolyn M. Combs, Chair, Department of Management, UNL

Dennis Keefe, Chair, Retired Lancaster County Public Defender

Pablo Cervantes, Chair, Lincoln Public Schools

CLIA Staff

Meet Max Graves: Max Graves, seeing the need for legal services for immigrants, started CLIA in July 2001. At that time CLIA was the only non-profit west of Omaha assisting immigrants by providing legal services. He is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals as a legal representative, and functions as the executive director.

Meet Sol Porras: Sol Porras is a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative and has been working at CLIA for over three years. She has a B.A. in political science from the California State University Northridge and also obtained her paralegal certificate from Oxnard College. Her immigration work focuses on domestic violence victims, adjustments of status, DACA, and family consular processing.

Meet Mary Choate: Mary Choate is a attorney registered with the New York State Bar and has been working with CLIA since May 2017.  She has a B.S. in political science from Middle Tennessee State University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.  Since she began her work with CLIA, she has worked with the Yazidis at their cultural center here in Lincoln, NE, doing naturalization, adjustment of status, asylum, and various other immigration paperwork.  She has also devoted some of her time working with domestic violence victims doing U Visas.  In the future, she hopes to do even more for the immigrant community in Lincoln, NE.

Meet Jonathan Rubio: Jon Rubio attends UNL and will graduate in May 2017 with a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in psychology. He has held leadership positions in multicultural student organizations. He serves as CLIA’s administrative assistant, is pursuing his BIA Accreditation, and hopes to begin law school in the fall.