, who has played a major role in challenging the retroactive application of new immigration laws and mandatory detention, is regularly consulted by the criminal defense bar and is a frequent lecturer on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. Mr. Bretz
is quoted often in the New York Times, New York Newsday, the Daily News and other news media and has appeared on local news and radio including New York One, ABC, NBC and CBS. Mr. Bretz
is on the Immigration Committees of the New York City Bar and the New York County Lawyers Association, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Prior to private practice, Mr. Bretz was a Trial Attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Among our recent federal court cases of significance are the following cases: Mojica v. Reno
, 970 F. Supp. 130 (E.D.N.Y. 1997), aff'd sub nom
, Henderson v. Immigration and
, 157 F. 3d 106, (2nd
Cir. 1998) (reversing the decision of the Attorney General in Matter of Soriano, the Court held that the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act's bar to deportation waivers may not be applied retroactively and that district courts continue to have habeas jurisdiction); Puig v. McElroy
, Dkt. 97 Civ. 4411 (SHS) (LB) (S.D.N.Y.) (holding that a Cuban national who had a final order of deportation, but who could not be deported, was entitled to a bond hearing before an immigration judge); and, St. John v.
, 917 F. Supp. 243 (S.D.N.Y. 1996) (holding that mandatory detention of returning lawful permanent residents is unconstitutional and ordering a due process hearing on custody (bail) before an immigration judge) (Kerry Bretz was recently awarded over $88,000 in legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) for the firm's pro bono
representation of St. John and because the Government litigated this matter in bad faith).