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Shelley Chatfield was recently accepted as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She’s adding immigration law to her practice areas, and will be traveling to the organization’s national conference in June in San Francisco this summer.
ELPO is the only practice in South Central Kentucky that offers immigration law. We handle both business and personal immigration matters.
Business matters ELPO can handle includes:
- Non-immigrant status and visas for intra-company transferees and business visitors
- Trainee visas
- Employment-based permanent residence status (known as green card)
- Mexican visas for United States citizens and others to enter Mexico for business reasons
- Visas from other countries (for example, United Kingdom and Brazil) to allow United States citizens and others to enter those countries on business
- Change of status permitting students to work
- Visas for family members of those already in the U.S. for work
- Petitions and visa applications for B, E, H-1B, H-3, L, Blanket L, TN and other non-immigrant visas
- Employment-based preference immigrant petitions and labor certifications and Mexican visa applications (FM-3 and FMN)
Family immigration matters ELPO can handle include:
- Tourist visas for family members to enter the United States
- United States citizenship by naturalization for permanent residence status (green card) holders and adopted children
- Fiancé(e) visas to enter the United States to marry United States citizens
- Permanent residence status (green card) for spouses, children and closely-related family members of United States citizens
- Visas for students
If you need to discuss an immigration law matter with one of our attorneys, contact Shelley or Brett Reynolds at (270) 781-6500.
The Relay for Life team at ELPO is raffling off two hand-made items to raise funds for Relay for Life.The first item is an antique, hand-made quilt donated by JoAn Pearson. It features bright-colored squares and hand-stitching. The back of the quilt is sage green with some discoloration from age. The top is in excellent condition. The second item is a hand-made afghan donated by Melody Van Cleve. The afghan is creamy white and is new.
Tickets are $2 each or $5 for three tickets.
Purchase your tickets by calling (270) 393-1628 to speak with Angela or (270) 393-1665 to speak with Heather. All proceeds go directly to Relay for Life.
The drawing is set for June 7 at 10 p.m. at the Relay for Life event.
Filing an H1-B is sometimes confusing, this year in particular.
Though the cap has been met this year for petitions already, there are some circumstances in which someone could still receive a needed H1-B. If you need an H1-B, contact us soon. We can evaluate your situation and help you file the paperwork you need.
We’re the only law firm in Western Kentucky with a dedicated immigration attorney.
Contact attorney Brett Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 781-6500.
What is an H1-B?
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the US.
Kentucky courts are poised for a major overhaul their computer systems, thanks to the passage of a new law. House Bill 238 authorizes the Judicial Branch of Kentucky government to issue $28.1 million in bonds to replace Kentucky’s aging court case management system. The General Assembly passed HB 238 on March 12 and Gov. Steve Beshear signed it into law on March 22.
Attorney E. Kenly Ames of ELPO is involved in the effort to bring electronic filing to the Kentucky state courts. She chairs a subcommittee of the Kentucky Civil Rules Committee, which will study proposed changes to the Civil Rules to facilitate e-filing in the Kentucky state courts. The Civil Rules Committee, under the leadership of Justice Lisabeth H. Abramson, presents proposed changes to the Civil Rules to the Kentucky Supreme Court for consideration. The Court sets the procedural rules for the state courts in Kentucky. “Moving to electronic filing will make cases in our state courts flow more quickly and smoothly and will help Kentucky lawyers practice their cases more efficiently,” Kenly says. “Our federal courts have used e-filing for several years now, and it’s extremely efficient.”
The e-rules subcommittee is also studying the issue of discovery of electronic information in civil cases. “This is a rapidly evolving area, and we have seen changes to the Federal Civil Rules in recent years. It’s time for Kentucky to update its Civil Rules so that courts throughout the state have consistent standards to apply,” Kenly says.
Partner Brett Reynolds will be participating in the 2013 class of Leadership Kentucky. This worthwhile state leadership program takes participants all around Kentucky, to participate in challenging programs developed for leaders and emerging leaders in Kentucky and introducing them to the many aspects of life in the Commonwealth.
The class will travel across Kentucky this year for seven monthly sessions (May through November) connecting and inspiring leaders and broadening the perspectives of each participant. From their opening retreat at Jabez, to Frankfort, Louisville, Georgetown, Henderson, Eddyville, Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell and Pikeville, they will go on an incredible journey to see and learn about Kentucky.
Locations for class sessions vary from year to year. Topics covered during this year’s sessions will be leadership, Kentucky history, education, healthcare, government, energy, military, economic development, media, natural resources and environment, law and justice, regionalism and global issues. Arts, culture and tourism are included in each session by our host communities and the optional activities offered.
Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. Leadership Kentucky graduates bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important participants in the unified effort to shape Kentucky’s future.
Leadership Kentucky was the fourth statewide leadership program developed in the United States.
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley’s Employment Law group is hosting an HR After Hours Event on April 11, 2013, 5 to 6 p.m. at our offices, 1101 College Street, Bowling Green, Ky.
Jim DeCesare, State Representative, District 21 and Wilson Stone, State Representative, District 22 will give an update on the most recent legislative session, including prevailing wage and right-to-work issues.
The event is complimentary and refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Angela Van Cleave at (270) 781-6500 or email@example.com.
Five attorneys from ELPO were selected for inclusion by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America. This adds three new attorneys to the list of those chosen for this prestigious publication. The magazine announcing their selection was published recently.
Those chosen were:
E. Kenly Ames, who was added to the list for 2013. She is listed in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation.
Charles E. English, who was first listed in 2006. He is listed in the areas of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law and trusts and estates litigation.
Murry Raines, who was added to the list for 2013. He is listed in the area of health care law.
Michael Vitale, who was added to the list for 2013. He is listed in the area of corporate law.
LaJuana Wilcher, who has been listed since 2009. She is listed in the area of environmental law and environmental litigation.
About Best Lawyers in America
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Gaines Penn, Managing Partner and an attorney at ELPO, served for a year as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the year, he represented the Chamber at various public events, including ribbon cuttings, dinners, workshops and led the Board of Directors throughout the year.
His theme for the year was “Building talent, leading innovation.” Gaines formally turned over the reins of the Chamber board to Brad Howard on February 12, 2013.
A copy of Gaines’ presentation is pasted below:
I apologize to any of my old English teachers in the audience. I am sure they would tell me in no uncertain terms that the word “Chamber” is a noun.
But for me,… the word “Chamber” has become more of a verb.
About a month into my term as Chairman, we developed a code at the office.
Instead of some long explanation of why I was late or where I was going I simply started saying “Chamber” or “ I’m Chambering”.
Brad Howard, as you take over the Chair, I am pleased to report that using the “Chamber” code will get you out of attending many of your bank meetings but it will not get you out of clearing the dishes or mowing the grass at home….
Believe me, I tried.
The good thing about “Chambering” is that it appears to be contagious.
So many of our partners, volunteers, Board members, Ambassadors, and staff are “Chambering” every day too.
Simply put, my hat is off to all of you who contribute your time, talent and treasure to make this organization one of the best Chambers in the nation.
A special of word of thanks to my wife Donna and my two girls for all their love and support and for showing me even more patience than usual this past year.
A special word of thanks to my colleagues at English, Lucas Priest & Owsley for allowing me the time away from my regular responsibilities so I could work on Chamber matters.
Finally, a special thanks to Ron Bunch and his Chamber team for all the help they’ve provided me during the year.
It takes a lot of hard work to make this operation run smoothly but our skilled Chamber staff makes it look easy.
So, what happened in 2012 at the Chamber?
As always, our Chamber strives to be the driving force for South Central Kentucky’s business community.
Our mission is:
• To provide valuable services to our partners;
• To advocate for a positive business environment; and
• To stimulate economic development throughout our region.
Thanks to the support of our partners we stayed on course and accomplished many good things last year.
One way we measure success is by the numbers.
• How many expansion projects did we have?
• How many new jobs were created?
• How many new dollars were invested in our community?
In just a minute Ron Bunch will give you the numbers.
I promised Ron I that I would not steal his thunder so I will touch on some of our other accomplishments.
One of the bright spots in 2012 was the way our Chamber rallied behind The Leader in Me Program.
After much thoughtful consideration and work with our city and county school officials, The Leader in Me Program went from the boardroom into the classroom.
We kicked off a capital campaign to help fund this program.
Because of your generosity we are well on our way to raising the $1.6 million required to launch this program in all of our city and county schools.
As of this date, the program is now in 19 schools and we need to push hard this year to finish up the fundraising.
This is a long range plan that will improve the lives of our children and make us a better, stronger community.
I can’t think of a better economic development program than investing in our future leaders.
So if you have not done so yet, I encourage you to pledge your financial support for this project.
As the saying going “extra hands make for light work.”
I could ramble on and on about the Chamber’s other accomplishments last year; however, I think I can sum it up nicely by simply looking at the 7 Habits.
Number 1: Be proactive.
The Chamber continued to take the initiative and lead the way towards growth in the region.
We sought out new opportunities to forge relationships, increase business, and create more wealth for the region.
Number 2: Begin with the end in mind.
We started 2012 with a plan to build talent and lead innovation. That is a fancy way of saying we need a well trained work force. As the voice for the business community the Chamber is working with WKU, Bowling Green Technical College, the Local Workforce Investment Board and the KY office of employment and training to develop a new and better system to recruit, screen and train skilled workers for our new and existing industries.
Number 3: Put first things first. Our partners are our first priority.
Staff and volunteers spent significant time in 2012 researching and developing new benefits and ways to help our partners grow.
Number 4: Think win-win.
Number 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
One of the greatest assets of our community is that we can work together.
We spent a lot of time last year talking with different stakeholders to strengthen relationships, and we’ll continue this well into the future.
Number 6: Synergize.
Like Habits 4 and 5, synergize is all about working together for a greater goal.
It means believing that 1 + 1 = 3, not 2.
As a lawyer, I’m a big fan of flexible numbers.
Number 7: Sharpen the Saw.
At the heart of everything the Chamber does is to help enhance our quality of life.
As our region grows, we’re working together to make sure that we have the best infrastructure, the best education systems, the best businesses, and the best attractions available so that the Bowling Green area is a great place to live, work and play.
So there are the 7 Habits of the Chamber. But what do they really mean? What is the result?
Well, at the Chamber, the result is growth.
Last year alone there were some 68 ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings.
That’s a lot of ribbon and a whole lot of dirt! But those events are more than just times for our partners to celebrate.
Those events represent new businesses, new jobs, and new dollars for our residents.
From the opening of a new gas station to the groundbreaking for a new bank location, those businesses are helping our economy grow. And those are the results we want to see.
So Brad, as you take over the gavel this year, I hope your weeks are filled with even more ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings than we had last year.
I really wish I could end this speech with something dramatic. Like Oprah does.
Maybe give each of you a new Corvette. But that got cut out of the ELPO budget.
But really, it has been a pleasure serving as your Chairman this year.
It has been an extremely busy, fun and rewarding experience. This past year has confirmed my belief that we truly live in a great community and that our future is bright.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Each year, ELPO raises funds for Relay for Life by auctioning off items through Facebook. We posted an album of photos on our Facebook page and accepted bids. Area businesses donated items. We’re very pleased to announce that we raised $5,000 during the auction and bake sale for Relay for Life.
Our thanks to the businesses and people listed below for their donations:
• Charles English
• Joan Surber
• Chuck’s Liquor Outlets
• Nashville Zoo
• Simply Mulch
• National Corvette Museum
• Parent-Teacher Store
• Hartland Massage
• Montana Grill
• Bowling Green Hot Rods
• Goldsmith Jewelry Design and Repair
• Dinosaur World
• EWR Trucking
• Seagrass Spa
• Tanglez (stylist Heather Potter)
• Brianne Young
• Morris Jewelry
• Friendz Salon
• Paula Sadler
• The Bistro
• 440 Main
• Barbara Stewart Interiors
• Bruster’s Ice Cream
• Deemer’s Flowers & Gifts
• Merry Maids
• Master Clean
• Auto Zone
• Nathan Glodjo
• Bowling Green Country Club
• Dr. Atalla
• Larry Atkinson, Jr.
• Scuffle Hill Farms
• Jim Johnson Auto
• Look Sharp Cleaners
• Commonwealth Health Corporation
ELPO took home two prestigious awards from the United Way of Southern Kentucky‘s reception, annual dinner and awards presentation on January 10 at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
United Way gave the firm the 2012 Volunteer Investment Award, which is presented to the top five organizations with the largest percentage of employees volunteering in multiple United Way programs. ELPO also won an Honorable Mention for the Spirit United Award, which is given to an organization that embodies the Live United spirit through year round support and enthusiasm for United Way. ELPO was a finalist for the Live United award, which went to Fruit of the Loom. To see the video about ELPO shown at the awards, click here.
The reception celebrated the triumphs of companies who excelled in furthering the mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky. The awards structure was centralized around the call to action issued by United Way of Southern Kentucky for those in our community to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating, and volunteering. More than 30 awards were presented to organizations from Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson and Warren counties.
“We absolutely couldn’t do what we do for United Way, and for our community, without the support of our attorneys, staff and their families,” said Gaines Penn, Managing Partner of ELPO. “Their enthusiasm and support for United Way allows us to help the community. The needs are great in Bowling Green and the surrounding area, and we are happy to assist by offering our financial support and our time and energy. We plan to keep this commitment for years to come.”