Meet Our Attorneys
The son of Mexican immigrants, attorney Aaron Tarin is a passionate Utah lawyer who is acknowledged by his colleagues as one of the leading lawyers in the complex legal world that arises when Immigration and Criminal laws collide.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Aaron received his degree from Brigham Young University in Business Management and Spanish Translation. He then received his law degree from University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law.
From his early beginnings as an Immigration Court law clerk while in law school, to his later service fighting against anti-immigrant laws as the Executive Chairman of the Utah Chapter of the American Lawyers Association (AILA), Aaron has dedicated himself to furthering the rights of immigrants.
With years of experience litigating complex cases before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), as well as the Circuit Courts of Appeal, Aaron understands what it takes to win even the toughest cases.
Aaron is often called on to train other lawyers in this hybrid area known as "Crimmigration Law", which the Supreme Court of the United States has declared is one of the most "complex" and "unfamiliar", especially for lawyers who don't understand both areas of law well.
An active member of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL), Aaron has written several articles informing criminal defense attorneys on how to effectively represent immigrants charged with crimes.
Aaron also serves on the Legal Panel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, where he focuses on immigration and criminal related violations of civil rights.
Lory D. Rosenberg is a senior advisor and attorney at the Immigrant Defenders Law Group, PLLC. Ms. Rosenberg is renowned for her distinguished work as a former appellate immigration judge, or Board Member, on the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and is a sought-after immigration lawyer, mentor and certified business and personal development coach.
Ms. Rosenberg's mission is to elevate the cause of fairness and justice, establish best practices in the immigration law community, and level the playing field, so that the promise of due process for immigrants and refugees becomes a reality. In joining IDLG in 2017, Ms. Rosenberg aligns herself with IDLG's commitment to constitutional Due Process of law in immigration law practice.
Ms. Rosenberg provides cutting-edge legal strategies to resolve complex cases and appeals. She shows attorneys how to overcome business, personal and financial blocks, manage stress, and reconnect with their vision of making a difference, so they can achieve winning results and authentic success.
Her legal expertise spans removal defense, asylum protection, waivers and immigration benefits, and covers administrative BIA appeals and motions, federal district court litigation and federal circuit court petitions for review in multiple circuits, and amicus curie representation. She has mentored and coached countless immigration attorneys, helping them acquire the techniques, confidence and expertise necessary to handle challenging cases of first impression in a high-stress, fast-paced immigration practice.
Ms. Rosenberg is the co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes, and a national and international speaker, trainer and writer. While serving on the Board between 1995 and 2002, Ms. Rosenberg reviewed over 20,000 appeals from decisions of Immigration Judges and personally wrote more dissenting and concurring opinions than ever written by former and current Board Members, combined. Her separate opinions have been lauded by the immigration bar, adopted by several circuit courts of appeal, and received specific acknowledgement by the Supreme Court in INS v. St. Cyr, upholding an immigrant's reasonable reliance on a plea bargained conviction over the government's efforts to retroactively apply new restrictions on relief from deportation.
Ms. Rosenberg previously taught multiple immigration and refugee law course as an adjunct professor at AU Washington College of Law, was a featured editor for Benders Immigration Bulletin, and served as the Director of Advocacy and Policy for Amnesty International, the Director of the NLADA Defending Immigrants Partnership, and the Director of the AIC Legal Action Center. She was the founder of the Centro Presente Central American refugee legal and pro bono programs, and a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.
Ms. Rosenberg is a board member of the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and a 3-time elected Director on American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Board of Governors, serving on the Practice Management committee and conference planning committees. She was an active member of the National Immigration Project, serving on its Board of Directors. Ms Rosenberg is a recipient of AILA's Arthur Helton Human Rights Award, and AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, as well as countless acknowledgments for her contributions. She is a graduate of Northeastern School of Law and licensed in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
Mark Alvarez is licensed as an attorney in Maryland and Utah. In 2003, he received the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award from the Utah State Bar. In 2010, he received a Pro Bono Lawyer Award from the Minority Bar Association. In 2011, the College of Social Work at the University of Utah gave him a Pete Suazo Social Justice Award. In 2013, The Community Foundation of Utah recognized him for promoting education in the Spanish-speaking community.
Mark is the immigration specialist for Telemundo Utah and the featured expert for its award-winning Hablemos Claro segment. He hosts the Spanish-language radio show Sin Rodeos. He has written dozens of guest columns for newspapers including The Salt Lake Tribune and Standard Examiner. He writes six Spanish-language columns per month for Nuestro Mundo and La Bala Magazine.
In 2005, Mark received recognition from the Telly Awards as co-writer of the script for El sueño americano: Lo que usted debe saber sobre la inmigración y la policía (The American Dream: What you need to know about immigration and the police).
From 2004 to 2006, Mark worked in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office as the Administrator of Minority Affairs. He assisted with Spanish-language communications and helped chair committees for Bridging the Religious Divide, Salt Lake City Gets Fits Together and Salt Lake City Reads Together. From 2007 to 2009, he gave numerous Spanish-language presentations at universities in and around Mexico City. He has lived for extended periods of time in London, England; Valencia, Spain; and Mexico City, Mexico.