Rekha Sharma-Crawford is a passionate advocate for immigration rights as it applies to the fair application of the law. With broad experiences as an assistant district attorney and practicing attorney, Rekha is a frequent speaker and lecturer on matters of immigration law. Representing clients whose cases garnered high-profile media attention, Rekha has the ability to articulate the law and its implications to all audiences.
Rekha received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 1993. She has been an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County, Ks. and in Douglas County, Ks. Rekha is licensed to practice law in the states of Kansas, Texas, and Michigan, and has been practicing in the immigration litigation field since 2000. She is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, District of Kansas, Western District of Missouri, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. Rekha is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Texas Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
Rekha is a frequent instructor at the American Immigration Law Foundation Litigation Institute. She has also lectured about immigration law to the Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas and Missouri Public Defenders.
Rekha has been involved with cases in municipal, state and federal courts, the Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has been successful in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and has successfully argued before the Circuit Court of Appeals. Rekha has also been successful in litigation against a law enforcement agency that was detaining immigrants beyond their statutory authority.
W. Michael Sharma-Crawford is an aggressive litigator and compassionate advocate of fairness in immigration law. As a former law enforcement officer, Michael has a deeper understanding of the challenges of immigration law enforcement, detainment issues and litigation. Michael frequently handles complex immigration proceedings where current statutes require greater experience and understanding.
Michael has instructed at the American Immigration Law Foundation Litigation Institute. He has also lectured about immigration law to the Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas and Missouri Public Defenders.
Michael has successfully argued before the Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has also been successful before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
He is admitted to the District of Kansas, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits. He is admitted to the District of Kansas, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Second, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Johnson County Bar Association. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services. His past service includes the Advisory Committee for the ABA Commission on Immigration and as a member of the USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee for AILA.
Scott A. Girard has been an associate at the Firm since February 2014. He has a strong desire to advocate for immigration rights and equality. Scott’s practices primarily before the Kansas City Immigration Court, where he has honed his skills for advanced removal defense litigation. Scott has conducted dozens of trials at the immigration court on a variety of immigration issues.
Scott received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in 2009. Before joining the Firm, Scott was an associate for a general practice firm in Manhattan, KS. Scott is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court of Kansas. Scott is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Kansas Bar Association and Missouri Bar Association.