About Chapman Law Firm
Gerry Chapman has been a Board Certified Immigration Specialist since 1997. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1973 with a BA in International Studies, and in 1978 he received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. He is a past Trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation (2004-2008). He served as Chair of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as a member of AILA’s Board of Governors from 1998-2000, and as Chair or Co-Chair of three national AILA Committees: Immigrant Investor Visa Committee (1990-1993), Committee on Intracompany Transferees and International Managers and Executives (1993-1994), and Essential Worker Committee (1999-2004) (2007-2008). More recently, he served on AILA’s Liaison Committee with the DHS Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) (2008-2009), as a Mentor for AILA since 2003 to present in the areas of Business Immigration: Employment Based Immigrants: Labor Certification, Business Immigration: Employment Based Non-Immigrants: E treaty Categories and Ethics, and on the 2008 Strategic Planning Committee to evaluate Missions, Goals and Programs for AILA National. He also served as member of AILA’s H-2B committee and he was a moderator for AILA Silver Circle in 2012. He is co-founder of the North Carolina Legal Immigration Coalition. In 2009 he served as counsel in Matter of Garcia-Arreola, in which the BIA overruled a long-standing precedent and significantly changed the rules of Mandatory Detention. Mr. Chapman has authored articles in several AILA publications, co-edited the 2007 AILA Handbook on Workplace Enforcement, has lectured at immigration seminars in the United States and abroad, and served as Immigration Commentator for Triad Business Journal in 2011. He has been heavily involved in AILA’s efforts to secure immigration reform on a national level. Mr. Chapman is included in the 2007-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, in the specialty of Immigration Law. He also has been chosen for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list for immigration specialists in North Carolina since 2007. The Super Lawyer designation is restricted to the top 5% of attorneys in each state. He is one of only eight immigration lawyers in North Carolina to be chosen in 2016. He is also included in the 2013-2016 editions of The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and the 2014-2016 editions of Who’s Who of Business Immigration Lawyers. He was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the NC State Bar Specialization Committee for Immigration for North Carolina (2016-2019). He was a member of this committee when it first convened in 1997, and co-wrote the specialization exam with the other committee members during his tenure then. Mr. Chapman was Co-Captain of the Men’s Varsity Swimming Team at the University of North Carolina from 1971-1973. He qualified and competed in the 1970 and 1973 NCAA Swimming Championships (best finish; 17th in 1650 freestyle, 1973, Knoxville, TN). He was also an ACC Champion, 400-yard Individual Medal, 1970. He was a High School All-American, 200-yard Individual Medal. He also competes in US Masters Swimming on the state and national levels (best finish: 4th in 1000-yard freestyle at 2012 and 2016 Masters Nationals Championship 60-64 age group). In 2012 he placed in the Top 10 at the US Masters Swim National Championships in three events. He is conversant in Spanish. Mr. Chapman and his wife Linda, have two children and four grandchildren.
Anna M. Cushman began working at Chapman Law Firm after graduating from Campbell Law School in Raleigh, NC. She graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2008 with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science. She earned her J.D. from Campbell Law School in 2012. During law school Anna competed in several moot court competitions, winning the Best Brief Award in the 2010 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition. She and her partner also won Best Overall Team in the Richard T. Bowser Client Counseling Competition at Campbell Law. Mrs. Cushman was an active student leader. She co-founded the Public Interest Law Initiative, now the Campbell Public Interest Law Student Association, and served as VP of Community Affairs for the Hispanic Law Student Association. She received Campbell Law’s first Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono and Public Service Award for her service and dedication to the community. As a law student intern, she spent her summers serving immigrants at the NC Justice Center in Raleigh, NC, and the indigent accused at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office. More recently, Mrs. Cushman was elected in January 2015 by the Board to serve as the Chairwoman of the Board of Greensboro Housing Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to safe and affordable housing for all in Greensboro, NC. She is fluent in Spanish and a native of Waxhaw, NC