Debra Auerbach Clephane

Director, Corporate Secretary, Shareholder

Debbie Clephane is a shareholder in the Immigration Department and has extensive experience handling immigration matters and counseling employers in I-9 compliance actions.  Debbie advises both U.S. and non-U.S. employers who seek to employ foreign nationals in the United States, and has experience facilitating the employment of U.S. workers abroad. She regularly counsels management and professional organizations on strategic planning immigration issues related to establishing new U.S. enterprises.  Debbie also facilitates on-site employer training for human resource personnel on topics of temporary visa classifications, student employment, national interest waivers, university professor and researcher issues, permanent residence procedures, use of contract employees, I-9 compliance, E-verify, NAFTA and IRCA discrimination.


Practice Areas

Immigration Law


Education

Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991)

Note & Comment Editor, The Wayne Law Review

Wayne State University (B.A. in Economics, high distinction, 1986)

 

Awards & Recognitions

Lawyer of the Year (Immigration), Best Lawyers (2015)

Best Lawyers in America (2009 - present)

Michigan Super Lawyers (2006, 2008 - present)

dbusiness Top Lawyers: Immigration Law

Crain's Top Attorneys in Michigan

 

Presentations

Moderator, "Policy, Practicality, and Reality: The Three Facets of Immigration," State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section (2014)

"E-Verify: Voluntary or Mandatory" (2014)

"I-9 Compliance and Business Immigration" (2014)

"Employment Verification and E-Verify" (2013)

"Through the Looking Glass: Obama and Romney" (2012)

"Work Authorization Options: The Road to H-1B and Beyond," Wayne State University, Global Talent Retention Initiative (2012)

"Immigration in 2012: Views from the Past, the Present, and the Future," State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section Annual Meeting (2012)

AILA-Michigan Spring Conference, Customs & Border Protection Panel (2012)

"Career Options: Immigration Law," Michigan State University Law School (2012)

"Immigration Challenges: Homeland Security Measures vs. Labor Market Demand" (2011)

"Career Options: Immigration Law," International Law Section, Wayne State University Law School (2011)

"Career Options: Immigration Law," International Law Section, Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2011)

"Immigration Under the Obama Administration: A Retrospective," International Law Section, Wayne State University Law School (2011)

"Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program," International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2010)

"The Face of Immigration Under the Obama Administration," International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2009)

"IRCA & the Balancing Act: I-9 Compliance vs. Discrimination," Michigan College & University Professors Association (2005)

"Vigilence vs. Discrimination: I-9 Compliance for Your Workforce," M. Lee Smith HR Hero Audio Conference Series (2003)

 

Publications

Author, "The Face of Immigration Under the Obama Administration," Michigan International Lawyer (2009)

Co-author, Immigration Chapter, HR Guide to Employment Law: A Practical Compliance Reference (2009)

Author, "Recent Developments in Immigration Law: Part II," Michigan International Lawyer, Vol. XX, No. 1, Winter 2008

Author, "Recent Developments in Immigration Law: Part I," Michigan International Lawyer, Vol. XIX, No. 3, Fall 2007

Co-author, "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine in Michigan," Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1992)

Author of numerous articles on immigration law in professional journals and immigration newsletters

Editor, "The Immigration Corner," monthly column in Michigan Employment Law Letter

 

Professional & Community Activities

Treasurer and Executive Board Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (2014-present)

Co-Chair, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (2011-2014)

Chair, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (2006-2010)

Council Member, International Employment Law and Immigration Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan (2009-2014)

Chair, Michigan AILA-Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee (2011-2013)

Parent Board, Detroit Country Day School (2010-2012; 2014-present)

Customs and Border Protection, Citizens Academy (2012)

Citizenship Day, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (2007)

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1992-present)

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (past Board Member)

American Arab and Jewish Friends, a group affiliated with Metropolitan Detroit Interfaith Roundtable (past Board Member)

 

Memberships & Appointments

State Bar of Michigan

American Immigration Lawyers Association