Joanna L. Silver

Ms. Silver is a member of the firm.  She practices with the Educational Institutions Industry Team, Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, Immigration Law Practice Group and the Collegiate Sports team.  She regularly advises colleges, universities and other academic entities on a broad range of matters including academic and college affairs, student and residential life, formation of entities and foundations, provision of services to students and staff with disabilities, immigration, intellectual property, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), records and transcript issues, internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, discrimination and Title IX issues, school policy development and implementation, regulatory matters, construction, financial aid, accreditation and recertification and e-learning.  She also advises institutions on faculty contracts, tenure, termination and promotion.  Ms. Silver regularly represents her clients before the New York State Division of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  In addition, she regularly trains academic administration, faculty and staff on such issues as FERPA, business immigration, sexual harassment and board governance.

In her capacity as counsel to colleges and universities, Ms. Silver is engaged in many aspects of immigration law including nonimmigrant visa petitions (H-1B, O-1, etc.), immigrant visa petitions and lawful permanent residence (PERM, outstanding professor or researcher, alien of extraordinary ability, special handling), student issues (F-1, J-1, OPT, SEVIS, etc.) and employment issues including Form I-9 compliance and taxation.  In this area of the law, Ms. Silver has been quoted in Crain's New York Business, Forbes and Employment Law 360.  In addition, she has been an invited speaker on these topics at nationally attended professional conferences.

Ms. Silver’s interest and involvement with the practice of education law began following her first year of law school when she interned for the State University of New York’s Office of University Counsel in Albany.  Following her second year of law school, Ms. Silver worked for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where she interned in the Educational Opportunity Division and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Professional & Community Activities

Ms. Silver is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  She currently serves as Assistant Secretary on the New York School of Interior Design’s Board of Trustees, and served as a trustee for the Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc. from 2006-2009 and as a trustee for the Kingsborough Community College Foundation from 2010-2013. Ms. Silver is also a member of the GFWC Paskack Junior Woman’s Club which participates in a number of civic, charitable, educational and social events throughout northeastern New Jersey.

May 9, 2014 / Authored Article