Leadership

Immigration Law Leadership

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Chair
Steven Simerlein
Immigration Law Offices of Steven J. Simerlein, P.C.
sjsimerlein@gmail.com
Twitter: abogado_esteban
Facebook: sjsimmigrationlaw/
P.O. Box 60920
Nashville, TN 37206

Attorney Steven Simerlein, known to many of his Latino clients as “Abogado Esteban,” has a breadth of professional experience that few other lawyers can offer their clients.  Drawing upon a foundation of over 30 years of experience in the law, business and military, Mr. Simerlein offers compassionate, insightful counseling and vigorous, ethical advocacy for his clients.  His practice

Immediate Past Chair
Terry Olsen
Olsen Law Firm
tolsen@tlolaw.com
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Terry Olsen, partner of Olsen Law Firm, founded Olsen Law Firm in September 2003, and practices Immigration & Nationality Law exclusively. Terry has served, and continues to serve, the international community and his clients’ interests in the United States and internationally.
Terry is an alumnus of William and Mary Law School, Southern Illinois University, and the University of

Middle TN Delegate
Bruce Buchanan
Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC
bbuchanan@sblimmigration.com
Twitter: @buchananvisalaw
2300 21st Avenue South, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212

Bruce E. Buchanan is a founding partner in the Nashville law firm of Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC. He practices a variety of immigration law matters for employers and individuals, including family-based green cards, employer-based green cards, non-immigrant visas - H-1B, L, TN, etc., employer immigration compliance - ICE inspections/audits, OSC cases, internal I-9 audits, E-Verify issues, and

East TN Delegate
Karla McKanders
University of Tennessee College of Law
karla.mckanders@vanderbilt.edu
131 21st Ave. South
Nasville, TN 37203-1181

Professor McKanders joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in 2008. She came to Tennessee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served was a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Clinic for Refugee Asylum and Emigrant Services (“CARES”), a law student clinical course where students handled asylum cases before immigration judges, asylum officers and the Board of Immigration

West TN Delegate
Cynthia Chandler-Snell
FedEx Express
cynthia.chandler-snell@fedex.com
3620 Hacks Cross Rd, Bldg B 3rd floor
Memphis, TN 38125-8800
 
Staff Coordinator
Wil Hammond
Tennessee Bar Association
whammond@tnbar.org
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Wil Hammond is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he will work with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to working for the TBA, he served as Communications Director for the Tennessee AFL-CIO, a Grant Manager the Tennessee