Walter Henry Ruehle

Walter Henry Ruehle

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About me

My practice is limited to immigration law. I have practiced immigration law for over three decades. I am currently employed as the director of the Immigration Program at Legal Aid in Rochester, New York, where I have worked for almost 22 years. At Legal Aid, I represent persons whose income is below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. The types of immigration cases I handle include asylum, family based applications, removal defense, and VAWA, SIJ, DACA, U and T applications. I represent persons in appeals, including appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. For the 2012 and 2013 spring semesters, I was an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. I am the author of two articles involving asylum law which appeared in Immigration Briefings: “To Speculate or not to Speculate: The Search for Plausibility” (February, 2009) and “Into the Heart of Darkness: The Nexus Factor in Asylum Cases” (November, 2014). I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and the liaison for its Upstate New York Chapter to the USCIS New Jersey Asylum Office. I have spoken at numerous trainings about topics such as asylum, DAPA and DACA, special immigrant juvenile status, and immigration law in general.  


Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Contact info

1 W Main St Ste 800
Rochester, NY, 14614-1426

Legal cases

  • Manzur v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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    Jul 16, 2007
    Denial of asylum reversed
State Status Acquired Updated
NY Currently registered 1980 07/10/2016
Award name Grantor Date granted
Advocate Hall of Fame Rural Opportunities (now Pathstone) 2002
Consistent Life Ethic Award Catholic Diocese Rochester NY 1996
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Director, Immigration Program Legal Aid Society of Rochester NY 1993 – Present
Association name Position name Duration
American Immigration Lawyers Association chapter (City) Walter H. Ruehle 1993 – Present
Publication name Title Date
Immigration Briefings see profile 2014
School name Major Degree Graduated
Albany Law School Law JD – Juris Doctor 1979
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Attorney for Child Conference Special Immigrant Juvenile status 2015

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