As an immigration attorney in California for more than 30 years, Alice Yardum-Hunter has always exclusively concentrated on immigration law— business related, extraordinary ability, national interest, family, citizenship by descent, naturalization, and complex removal matters - including those of criminal aliens. Incorporating her practice in 1992, she also served five years as Of Counsel for Mark A. Ivener, a Law Corporation.
Ms. Yardum-Hunter was 2011 - 2012 Chair of the LA County Bar Assn. (LACBA) Immigration Section. She has served in all other officer positions and on the Executive Committee since 2006. On behalf of the LACBA Immigration Section, she served as Liaison to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS), Los Angeles District and California Service Center; and to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Alice Yardum-Hunter is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission. She is a former Commissioner of this body, which monitors attorney specialists in immigration law, and has been invited repeatedly to head this commission. Beginning in 2004 and every year thereafter, she has been honored as a recipient of the prestigious “Super Lawyer” designation published by Thomson Reuters. This puts her in the top approximately 2-5% of the estimated 1,000 immigration lawyers in Southern California. The designation is awarded to a very small group of attorneys based on merit for quality of work, from a survey of 65,000 lawyers and two tiers of Blue Ribbon Judge review. Ms. Yardum-Hunter served as a member of the Blue Ribbon panel in 2012. She was also recently invited to be included in the "Global Directory of Who’s Who" and was nominated in 2007 to be selected as one of the top 25 lawyers in the San Fernando Valley, a locale with approximately 9,000 lawyers. She is BV® Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell.
She has edited two books for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the premiere professional organization of immigration lawyers nationwide, for their “California Conference Handbook” in 1997 and “Representing Professionals before the Department of Labor” in 1994. In 2010, for ilw.com, she wrote a chapter in “The Consular Posts Book.”
Alice Yardum-Hunter has been a member of AILA since 1984. On behalf of AILA, between 1996 and 2001, Ms. Yardum-Hunter chaired a Southern California-wide essay contest for fifth grade students, entitled, “Why I’m Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants.” She also spearheaded the Immigration Subcommittee of the Armenian Bar Association. Active in other associations, she is former Vice President and Secretary of the San Diego County Bar Association, Immigration Section, 1981-83.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hunter was an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on a grant from the Dana Foundation. She attended Boston University, UCLA, and the New College of Hofstra University, and received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to graduation, she studied at the Institute of Comparative and International Law in conjunction with the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She also did post-graduate International Law studies at the Faculty of Law, Salzburg University in Salzburg, Austria.