At the time of his death, Richard M. (Dick) Ginsburg, had practiced immigration law for over 41 years. Dick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland, Ohio, June of 1967. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in June of 1974. Dick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America from October of 1968 to March of 1972.
After graduating from law school, Dick served farm workers for eight years as a legal services attorney in Colorado and Oregon. From April of 1982 through August of 2001, Dick was in partnership with other attorneys in Hillsboro, Oregon. On September 1, 2001, became a private practitioner as the Law Office of Richard M. Ginsburg, LLC. In the early years of his private practice, Dick and his partners practiced various types of law although through the years Dick’s practice became increasingly focused on immigration law. By September of 2001, his practice was solely dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Over the years Dick served thousands of clients in derivative citizenship, naturalization, immigrant and nonimmigrant cases based on family or business relationships, investors, deportation and exclusion proceedings, victims of abuse or crimes, political asylum, and other immigration matters. Dick had tremendous passion for his work as he felt that the benefits obtained for immigrants were lifelong and life-changing.
Dick was a founding member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and served the national and state organization in various roles over the years. At the time of his death he was the liaison with the Portland Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Dick served as a mentor to numerous young lawyers and students interested in legal careers. He was a speaker on immigration issues at numerous national and local AILA conferences, bar association meetings, and other fora from 1983 to 2014. Dick was the first recipient of the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Aware, presented by the Oregon Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association in October, 2004. He was awarded the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, Wise Sage award in 2007. In July of 2009 he was name Mentor of the Year by the Multnomah Bar Association, Portland, Oregon. In October of 2015, Dick’s widow, was presented with the Richard M. Ginsburg Outstanding Leadership for Immigrants’ Rights Award by the Oregon AILA Chapter.
J.D., George Washington University, 1974
B.A., Western Reserve University, 19767
Oregon State Bar, 1979-2015
*In Memoriam 1945-2015
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