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.
Arzoo Rajani Connor joined the firm in 2018 as an associate attorney. Arzoo previously worked as a commissioned officer and a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force. She has extensive trial experience as a federal prosecutor in felony and misdemeanor cases. As a JAG, Arzoo gained extensive immigration experience assisting military members, retirees, and dependents obtain various immigration benefits.
Arzoo is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. During law school, Arzoo distinguished herself as a Staff Writer with The Scholar, St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues. She also worked as a law clerk for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on a variety of immigration cases including asylum, marriage-based petitions, and fiancé visas.
Arzoo is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.
- D., St Mary’s University School of Law, 2011
- A. in International Relations, St. Mary’s University, 2011
- B.S. in Business Administration, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005
- Member, State Bar of Texas
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Publication and Recognition
- Article, Islamism and the Democratic State of Pakistan, The Academia, St. Mary’s University Journal for Graduate School (2011)
- Note, Remedies for Detainees: The Impact of the Ninth Circuit’s Decision on Medical Negligent Cases, 5 U. MASS. ROUNDTABLE SYMP. L. J. (2010)
- Mary’s University School of Law External Negotiations Team
- The Scholar, St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, Staff Writer