Law Office of Mary E. Kramer, P.A
168 SE 1st St. Suite 802
Miami, FL 33131
Experience


Mary Elizabeth Kramer has been practicing immigration law in Miami for over twenty years.  She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Wisconsin Bar, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She is also admitted to practice before the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States Supreme Court.  Ms Kramer graduated cum laude from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ms Kramer is a past president of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association South Florida Chapter, and is the past President of the Board of Catholic Legal Services.  She is a 2001 recipient of the Attorney General’s Meritorious Public Service Award for her involvement in establishing a pro bono project serving South Florida’s poor in deportation proceedings before the Miami Immigration Court.  Ms. Kramer has been an adjunct professor teaching immigration law at Florida International University. 

Prior to private practice, Ms Kramer clerked for the Miami and Harlingen Immigration Courts.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences across the United States lecturing on the immigration consequences of crime.  Ms Kramer also has published a law book entitled, The Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity:  A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants  now in it's 7th edition
Volunteer work / Community service

Local Liaison:        
Appointment to attorney liaison committees allows Ms. Kramer to meet with top government officials, to discuss and  impact agency policies and procedures in areas important to the immigrant community.  As co-chair, Ms. Kramer directs the committees' work and leads her colleagues in emerging areas of concern to the Bar and the community.  
Ms. Kramer is chair or former chairperson of the following South Florida committees on behalf the American Immigration Lawyers Association:
Current Co-chair, AILA liaison with HSI-ICE Investigations

Former Co-chair, AILA liaison with Florida Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV")
Former Co-chair, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations ("ERO")
Former Co-Chair, AILA Liaison Committee with the ICE Office of Chief Counsel

 National Liaison:    
Ms. Kramer serves on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Courts) national AILA committee, meeting with the Chief and Assistant Chief Immigration Judges at a national level.
Ms Kramer currently serves on the AILA National State Department Liaison Committee, meeting with officials of the State Department that have oversight of visa processing at American Embassies abroad.

From June 2010 through June 2012, Ms Kramer served as former Chair of the AILA National Liaison Committee for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Liaison committees meet with government officials to discuss policies and procedures on behalf of attorneys and the public at large.


Catholic Charities:  
Ms Kramer is past-president of the Board of Catholic Charities Legal Services, the largest legal service agency assisting low income immigrants in Florida.

Florida Bar:          
Former Chair, 11th Circuit Grievance Committee; former member, Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee.
Awards

AILA presents Mary E Kramer with the 2015 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award


Attorney General of the United States Meritorious Public Service Award
for work in establishing the South Florida AILA Lega Assistance Project
November 2002


Catholic Charities Legal Services Award for "Outstanding Dedication and Contributions"

Archdicese of Miami
December 2001