The Law Office of
Jody Marten

Temporary Protected Status
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Children's Citizenship Project
Citizenship for Children
Employment-Disability Law
Sports Law




3360 Tennyson Street, NW
Washington DC 20015-2443
Tel: (202) 537-0496
Fax: (202)
Cell: (202) 258-1643


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3360 Tennyson Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
PHONE: (202) 537-0496
FAX:(202) 686-1866


Served as an attorney, educator and administrator in wide-ranging venues including the U.S. Department of Justice (INS), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Catholic Conference, and currently in private legal practice in immigration, mainly international children and adoption, and employment laws.

Private Legal Practice, Washington, DC - Counsel (2001- Present)
Counsel and represent clients in immigration law-adoption, citizenship, children's issues and international athletes. Expertise in employment discrimination law - disability and workplace issues. Organize and conduct seminars on issues of international children's concerns, the workplace (ADA, FMLA, Rehab Act), and sports (like Title IX). Served as Director of Public Policy for the Joint Council on International Children's Services (2002).

U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Washington, DC (1994-2001)
Served in three positions of increasing scope and responsibility during this period: Details by position follow:

Office of Field Operations, Immigration Services Division - Attorney (1997-2001)

  • Develop, justify, promote, write and implement rules and regulations that have major impact on INS policy regarding certain naturalization issues, including disability waivers, revocation, adopted children, dual citizenship, and expedited citizenship for foreign athletes and related areas.
  • Prepared contractual agreements between INS and other governmental entities.
  • Organized and coordinated INS' first International Adoption Conference addressing legal issues of international adoption and citizenship.  Over 200 INS personnel and Department of State officers, embassy personnel and adoption service providers participated.
  • Develop and implement training programs for INS personnel; personally conduct national training on disability law, teach at law schools, as well as other legal venues and community organizations.
  • Serve as primary INS resource on compliance issues regarding the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; also coordinate citizenship of children issues with Department of State.

Citizenship USA Program - Attorney (1995-97) (David Rosenberg, Director)

Arlington Asylum Office, Arlington, VA - Asylum Hearing Officer (1994-95)

Private Legal Practice, Washington, DC - Counsel (1993-94)
Counseled and represented clients regarding employment law issues.  Activities focused on federal agencies and organizations including the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, NASA, FDIC/RTC, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Export/Import Bank, and a number of state agencies.

  • Contracted to adjudicate employment discrimination cases on equal pay, disability, age, and similar workplace issues; emphasis was on Title VII of CRA, as amended, CRA of 1991, EPA, ADA, FMLA, ADEA and all pertinent state Fair Employment statutes.
  • Represented individual clients in immigration cases and personal injury matters.
  • Advised sports organizations on risk management, contracts, tax status, and trademark protection.

U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC), Washington, DC - Senior Attorney/Deputy Director (1989-93)
Managed and conducted legal and programmatic services for two USCC organizations, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Migration and Refugee Services (MRS).  Supervised and coordinated immigration programs serving more than 120 diocesan offices, nationwide.

  • Played significant role in initial development, promotion, fundraising and implementation of newly established CLINIC organization's programs, policies and procedures.
  • Prepared documents of incorporation and all accompanying tax, trademark, and contract work.
  • Achieved $400 thousand in IOLTA grants for CLINIC programs during this period.
  • Organized, managed and led immigration law seminars for the USCC National Migration Conferences and approximately 500 participants; also served as speaker and panel moderator.
  • Negotiated contractual agreement with INS that secured $500 thousand in owed funds.
  • Represented clients in court, before the INS, and at the appellate level.
  • Served as Chair of the 20-member Educational Testing Service's (ETS) Naturalization Board.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Washington, DC (1975-89)
Conducted administrative, management, advisory, litigation and judicial assignments during this period.

Administrative Judge, Washington Field Office (1988-1989)
Adjudicated federal EEO complaints, conducted hearings and prehearing conferences for all federal agencies.

Acting Director (l984)
Provided organization, coordination and policy direction to Administrative Judges in 100 EEOC field offices and to all federal EEO offices nationwide.

Hearings Advisor (1980-88)
Among many accomplishments-developed, implemented and managed a Decisions from the Bench Program that was accepted and adopted throughout EEOC; authored Program handbook.  Developed and organized a national Administrative Judge’s Training Program, coordinated national meetings in 1980, 1984 and 1988; program success led to annual sessions.

Served in both supervisory and staff positions at the Baltimore District Office and conducted individual investigations, compliance reviews, systemic and class action cases of a national scope involving corporations.

Staff Attorney, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Hogar Hispano Legalization Program (1986-88)

The District of Columbia Bar
Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive)
The District of Columbia Bar
 Section on Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law
Former Elected Chair of the Steering Committee
Former Chair, Committee on Sports Law
Sections on Labor and International Law

American Bar Association

  • Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Law Industries
  • Labor Section - Committee on Sports and Entertainment
  • International and Immigration Law Section
  • International Family Law Section
  • Commission on Women in the Profession

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
       Committee on International Adoption

Women's Bar Association
       Naturalization Committee (Former Chairperson)

Women’s Sports Foundation (Former Member Advisory Board)
       Advocacy Committee for Title IX

Executive Women’s Golf Association
       Started the Washington, D.C. Chapter


JURIS DOCTOR, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD
MASTER OF ARTS in Political Science, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
BACHELOR OF ARTS in French and History, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA