Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Immigration Lawyer Margaret Stock Wins MacArthur "Genius" Award

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named its 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows, recognizing 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 (increased from $500,000) paid out over five years. Without stipulations or reporting requirements, the Fellowship provides maximum freedom for recipients to follow their own creative vision.


One of this year's MacArthur Fellows is immigration law professor and attorney Margaret Stock.  Here is the MacArthur Foundation bio of Margaret:

Margaret Stock is an attorney bringing her singular knowledge of immigration law and national security law to bear on reform efforts through direct representation and policy-based advocacy. With a broad view of national security that goes beyond protecting the country from terrorist threats to include the protection of economic and political interests that ensure our prosperity, Stock articulates the crucial role of a healthy and efficient immigration system in responding to changes in the global economy and maintaining the foundational values of our democracy. Stock’s experiences serving in the U.S. Army Reserve and teaching at West Point have led her to focus much of her work to date on the impact of immigration law on military personnel and their families. She has spearheaded the development of three groundbreaking programs that creatively adapt existing laws to better the lives of both immigrants and native-born military personnel. Beginning in 2008, she initiated and, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, implemented the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, which allows the U.S. armed forces to attract and retain foreign nationals with language, medical, and other skills critical to military readiness and national security by expediting their path to citizenship. Having seen firsthand the plight of limited-income military families in dire need of legal assistance, she created the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) MAP program, which pairs volunteer attorneys across the United States with those in need of their services. She also prompted the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative, an intergovernmental program designed to promote and expedite the naturalization of military personnel by reducing processing times and providing naturalization ceremonies at basic training locations. Through these programs, her written scholarship, and her contributions to policy debates (including as an expert witness before Congress), Stock is challenging our complex immigration laws in order to provide more humane and rational policies that will also serve American national security interests. Margaret Stock received an A.B. (1985), J.D. (1992), and M.P.A. (2001) from Harvard University and an M.S.S. (2006) from the U.S. Army War College. In 2010, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, after twenty-eight years of service. Currently an attorney with the Anchorage office of Cascadia Cross Border Law, she is the author of Immigration Law and the Military (2012), and her prior affiliations include faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point (2001–2010) and counsel to the firm Lane Powell (2010–2013).

Stock's work has frequently been highlighted on the ImmigrationProf blog.  See, for example, here, here, here.


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Congratulations, Margaret!

Posted by: Rose Cuison Villazor | Sep 25, 2013 5:36:59 AM

She's an advocate of mass immigration and illegal immigration which, on it's own is troubling. But to do it at a time when millions of Americans can't find jobs is unconscionable.

Posted by: Cory | Sep 25, 2013 7:54:47 AM

I have never had to deal with an immigration lawyer before nor do I ever plan on it either. I know that immigration lawyers have helped out a lot of people before, but I do not think that is something I want to be involved in. I just hope that people continue to get the help that they need and deserve.
Jak Manson |

Posted by: Jak Manson | Apr 17, 2014 10:10:11 AM

Immigration is such a hard topic, and so I have respect for attorneys that are willing to defend it one way or another. No matter what your opinion on the matter is, you have to respect that.

Jim Tracy |

Posted by: Jim Tracy | Jun 13, 2014 1:11:04 PM

I will have to look more at this lawyer's work. My brother is thinking about going into law. I think he would like to hear about this.
Gary Puntman |

Posted by: Gary Puntman | Jul 10, 2014 9:41:01 AM

I think it's great that they have a little bio. With most lawyers you don't really know who they are. I think it's nice when they are easier to relate to, especially a immigration lawyer.

Posted by: Doloresbrown | Aug 29, 2014 3:29:40 PM

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