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Tully Rinckey PLLC Senior Counsel Honored at Annual Northern Border Immigration Conference


Oct. 14, 2016 – Buffalo, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC is pleased to announce Buffalo Senior Counsel Siana J. McLean has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Peter J. Murrett III Pro Bono Award for the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s Upstate New York Chapter.

Ms. McLean was honored at the annual Northern Border Immigration Fall Conference on Friday, Oct. 7 in Buffalo, NY. The event is in its eighth year, and was established to allow leading immigration lawyers and other professionals to discuss substantive and practical issues regarding border immigration in Canada and the U.S. The Peter J. Murrett III Pro Bono Award is meant to recognize those who provide their services free of charge to the most deserving cases, with the recipient nominated by their peers. The award is named after Peter J. Murrett, an attorney known for his devoted work to the Vive la Casa refugee center.

“I have always committed myself to providing reasonable cost and pro bono services, and am committed to supporting the work of the Volunteer Lawyers Project,” said Ms. McLean. “My practice has always been about changing the lives of my clients, and I believe that no one should be deprived of proper representation solely due to the fact that they are unable to afford such services. I am thankful to the VLP and AILA for the honor of receiving this award, and their continued work in making legal services accessible to all people.”

Ms. McLean has more than six years of experience in the practice of immigration law and has successfully handled numerous matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals. She is highly experienced at providing removal defense services in the immigration courts, securing U visas for crime victims and T visas for human trafficking victims. In addition, she’s highly knowledgeable in matters relating to affirmative and defensive asylum, and virtually all types of family based and citizenship petitions. Her legal services are highly accessible as her office is located nearby the U.S./Canadian border.

On average, Ms. McLean provides more than 75 hours of pro bono service a year. She primarily provides her time to those referred by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, providing assistance on matters before the immigration courts and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Ms. McLean is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. She is also involved with the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, and the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is also an advisory board member of National Black Law Students Association, which is the most expansive student-run organization in the United States.

Siana earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

To speak to Siana McLean or for more information, please contact Marcy Velte at 716-439-4700 or


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