Jason Dzubow’s practice focuses on immigration law, asylum, and appellate litigation. He may be contacted at (202) 328-1353 or JDzubow@DzubowLaw.com. His blog, The Asylumist, is the only blog devoted exclusively to asylum in the United States.
Mr. Dzubow is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of Washington, DC and Maryland, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Eleventh, and DC Circuits, all Immigration Courts in the United States, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition.
In December 2011, Washingtonian magazine recognized Mr. Dzubow as one of the best immigration lawyers in the Washington, DC area. In March 2011, Mr. Dzubow was listed as one of the top 25 legal minds in the country in the area of immigration law. He has been honored for his work by CAIR Coalition and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Mr. Dzubow is also an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University in Virginia.
Mr. Dzubow provides legal expertise to individuals and corporations in all areas of immigration law, including: asylum, criminal immigration, deportation and removal proceedings, family and employment-based immigration, immigrant detainees and bond applicants, immigration court, appeals, and federal litigation, immigrant victims of domestic violence, extraordinary ability visas, and naturalization. He has successfully represented hundreds of clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal courts, and the asylum office.
In addition to his immigration work, Mr. Dzubow is an experienced appellate attorney. He has litigated a wide variety of cases in federal and state appeals courts in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and other jurisdictions. These cases include torts, breach of contract, employment discrimination, civil rights violations, criminal matters, immigration, and personal injury.
Mr. Dzubow received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. He has published articles in Immigration Law Today, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Hispanic Law Journal (University of Texas Law School), the Temple University Law School Journal of Political and Civil Rights, and Fate Magazine. Mr. Dzubow received his Bachelors Degree, summa cum laude, from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Prior to forming Dzubow, Sarapu & Pilcher, PLLC, Mr. Dzubow clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia. For his work at the Arlington Immigration Court, Mr. Dzubow received the Department of Justice Outstanding Performance Award. Mr. Dzubow also worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Community Services in New Jersey and as a trial attorney for Bode & Grenier, LLP, in Washington, DC.
Mr. Dzubow was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, he worked for the Refugee Assistance Program in Philadelphia, helping immigrants and refugees find jobs. More recently, he lived in Nicaragua where he studied Spanish and volunteered for the Sisters of Charity (Mother Theresa’s organization). He has also lived in Jerusalem and traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia, South East Asia, and Latin America. He speaks Spanish.
Areas of Practice:
– Political Asylum
– Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals
– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
– Appellate Litigation
– Maryland, 1997
– District of Columbia, 2000
– U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
– U.S. District Court District of Maryland
– U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
– Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 1996
– Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1991
– The Refugee Protection Act: A Ground Level Analysis, Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country, March 2011
– Inside the Forensic Document Lab: Credible Evidence or Unreliable Due Process Violation, Immigration Law Today, Sept./Oct. 2008
– The Unnatural History of Michigan J. Frog, Fate Magazine, April 2008
– Haunted as a Matter of Law, Fate Magazine, May 2007
– Restrictions on Housing to Noncitizens, Hispanic Law Journal, 1998
– Fear Free Public Housing, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, 1997
– Restrictions on Housing Assistance to Noncitizens, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1996
– The International Response to the Civil War in Rwanda, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1994
– Baharon v. Holder, 588 F.3d 228 (4th Cir. 2009)
– Quinteros-Mendoza v. Holder, 556 F.3d 159 (4th Cir. 2009)
– Teshome-Gebreegziabher v. Mukasey, 528 F.3d 330 (4th Cir. 2008), petition for rehearing en banc denied, 545 F.3d 285 (4th Cir. 2008)
– Ugokwe v. Attorney General, 453 F.3d 1325 (11th Circuit 2006)
– I.J.G., Inc. v. Penn-America Insurance Company, 803 A.2d 430 (D.C. 2002)
Classes, Seminars, and Lectures:
– George Mason University, Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law and Policy, 2011 – present
– USCIS Ombudsman’s Conference, Speaker, 2011
– George Washington University Law School, Guest Lecturer, Asylum Law, 2008 – present
– Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Law and Public Policy Forum, Guest Speaker, 2008
– Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, DC Superior Court/CCAN, Speaker, 2005 – 2007
– University of Virginia Law School, Conference on Public Service and the Law, Guest Speaker, 2007, 2010
Honors and Awards:
– Listed as one of the Best Immigration Lawyers in the Washington, DC area by Washingtonian Magazine, 2011 – 2012
– Listed as one of the top 25 legal minds in the country in the area of immigration law, 2011
– Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Honored for Outstanding Commitment to Defending the Rights and Dignity of Detained Immigrants, 2009
– Department of Justice (Immigration Court) Outstanding Performance Award, 1999
– First Prize, National Note Competition, Hispanic Law Journal, 1998
Professional Associations, Pro Bono Work, and Memberships:
– Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2004 – Present
– American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2005 – Present
– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, 2005 – Present
– Catholic Legal Immigration Network, BIA Pro Bono Project, 2007 – Present
– Friends of Falun Gong, 2006 – Present
– American Bar Association, International Human Rights Award, Selection Committee, 2007 – Present (Chair of Committee, 2010 – Present)
Selected Past Employment Positions:
– Catholic Community Service, Immigration Attorney, 1999 – 2000
– Arlington, VA Immigration Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 1998 – 1999
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Staff Attorney, 1996 – 1998
– U.S. State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Intern, 1994
– Refugee Assistance Program, Jewish Employment and Vocational Service, Job Counselor, 1991 – 1993