Law Office of Michele Alcalde Esq.
Immigration & Criminal Law
Representacion Legal en Inmigracion y Criminalista
331 Newman Springs Road, Building 1 , 4th Floor, Suite 143,
Red Bank NJ 07701
About Michele Alcalde...
15+ Years of Experience
Michele’s practice areas consist of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, Complex Removal Litigation in Federal Immigration Court, Criminal Law Defense and Municipal Court Litigation.
 
For the past ten years Michele has specialized in the defense of foreign nationals facing deportation on various levels. Her experience in the Municipal and Superior Courts of the State of New Jersey, makes her uniquely qualified to appropriately guide and explain to clients the immigration consequences of criminal offense charges and convictions. She represents clients in Post-Conviction Relief matters related to criminal convictions for aggravated felonies and crimes involving moral turpitude leading to mandatory detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and subsequent deportation. She appears frequently in Immigration courts on complex matters.
 
Michele is a former Municipal Court Prosecutor for the Cities of Newark and Paterson, New Jersey and was the first Hispanic female Municipal Court Public Defender in the City of Paterson, appointed by Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in 2008. She also has been appointed by the Office of Attorney Ethics and has served as a member of the District XI Ethics Committee from 2008-2010. On March 27, 2012, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Municipal Court Certification Committee, which is a seven member committee designed to prepare the examination and review process for all attorneys in New Jersey wishing to be Certified as Municipal Court Trial Attorneys.
 
Michele is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Haydn Proctor Inn of Court. She has served as a panelist for the New Jersey State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association lecturing on Immigration Law, where she has instructed other attorneys on how best to represent clients on complex issues of law combining criminal, family and immigration. Her most recent publication is, In Status and Out of Status, An Immigration Primer for the Family Law Practitioner, New Jersey Family Lawyer Volume 31 page 107 (February 2011). For the past two years Michele has lectured the NJSBA ICLE seminar, “New Jersey Municipal Court Practice 102”, which is a course designed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education to teach new lawyers a practical procedural primer in client representation before the Municipal Court.
 
Michele earned her Juris Doctorate in Law from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, NJ in 2000. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. She clerked for Senior Federal Appellate Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise and The Honorable Sebastian P. Lombardi in Essex County, New Jersey.
“I have a true passion for the practice of Immigration litigation. My 15 years of knowledge and experience are a testament to that. I wholeheartedly believe that you have to be completely accessible and courageous in handling this very complex area of law. It is crucial for me to keep my relationship with my clients close and personal. Due to the highly specialized and litigation-oriented nature of my practice in Criminal, Municipal Court and Immigration matters, it is important for me to always be prepared and to maintain a professional, direct, and cordial relationship with all parties involved in a case. My reputation is extremely important to me; therefore, I am always early for all my Immigration Court appearances and appointments with USCIS. I will prepare you, as my client, at least once before any interview you have before the Immigration Court or USCIS in Newark, NJ or Mount Laurel, NJ. The lines at the Newark Peter W. Rodino Federal Building are long. My clients are given advance warning to expect delays. I provide my clients with my cellular phone number so that we may communicate effectively on the day of the interview or hearing.”
 
- Michele Alcale Esq.