Immigration Law Leadership

Immediate Past Chair
Steven Simerlein
Immigration Law Offices of Steven J. Simerlein, P.C.
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...

Terry Olsen
Olsen Law Firm
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
Twitter: @buchananvisalaw
2300 21st Avenue South, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212

Bruce E. Buchanan is a founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, where he represents employers and individuals in immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance, and employers in employment/labor law matters. Additionally, he is Of Counsel to Siskind Susser concerning employer immigration compliance matters.


East TN Delegate
Karla McKanders
Vanderbilt University
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...

Chay Sengkhounmany
Sengkhounmany Law
1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 400
Nashville, TN 37217

Chay Sengkhounmany is the Lead Immigration Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands. She and her team provide immigration legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Before returning to Legal Aid Society in May 2019, Chay was in private practice out of Murfreesboro.
Practicing law since 2003, she handles a variety of...