Month: May 2017

An Essay by Poarch Law Attorney Christine Poarch

“Our ‘nation of immigrants’ has never been a seamless garment but rather, a disruptively-fashioned coat of many colors. And what made the quilted whole, what keeps all those rough edges together is the brutally painful cutting away of not only the cultural and linguistic and identity pieces of the country one leaves, but also an equally brutal, seam-ripping remaking of our own national fabric.”

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Poarch Law Winter 2017 Stakeholder Event Schedule

Theory to Practice: Leading Change on Immigration

Wednesday, February 15th | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24016

Sponsors: Poarch Law, Strickland Diviney Segura, Roanoke Spanish, and the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University.

Session I: The first two panels enhance objective understanding of our immigration system. This portion is intended to be purely educational with an opportunity for questions for the panelists.

Immigration Myths and Truths | 1:00 – 2:20 PM

A critical foundation for understanding immigration law in the U.S. and the common myths, truths, challenges, and complications that exist in our current immigration system.

Christine Lockhart Poarch, Poarch Law Attorney

From National Policy to Local Impact: Immigration & Southwestern Virginia | 2:30 – 3:20 PM

A panel discussion on the recent executive orders, other nationally-promulgated immigration policies, and their potential effect on the local immigration community.

Moderator: Dr. Elda Stanco Downey, Founder, Roanoke Spanish

Christine Lockhart Poarch, Poarch Law Attorney

Tim Jones, Roanoke City Chief of Police

Session II: This session will introduce key concepts in adaptive leadership theory – the “practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive” (Heifetz) – and their application to the current immigration debate. These panels will be interactive.

Adaptive Leadership: How We Make Change or Avoid It | 3:30 – 4:20 PM

Covers the basic principles of adaptive leadership theory to support effective local leadership and advocacy on the subject of immigration law.

Christine Lockhart Poarch, Poarch Law Attorney

Dr. Abrina Schnurman-Crook, Executive Director, Batten Leadership Institute,

Hollins University

Adaptive Leadership: Applying Theory to Practice | 4:30 – 5:15 PM

Interactive application of the tools of adaptive leadership (with facilitation) on key issues like the border, refugee bans, immigration reform, and the economics of immigration

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Bass at or (540) 387-1005.

Somos Virginia Magazine: July Edition

We invite you to read the July edition of Somos Virginia Magazine, where you can read the article What did the Supreme Court decide about DAPA and DACA? written by Attorney Christine Poarch.

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