1995- J.D. in Law Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico ranked 8th.
1999- LLM Master in Laws American Legal Studies, St. Mary’s University School of Law
2001- Jurisprudence Doctorate St. Mary’s University School of Law
2016- Founded Afonso Otero Attorney at Law, P.C.
2001- Founded Gonzalez & Otero, P.C.
2001- Present Attorney Consultant for the Mexican General Consulate in San Antonio, Texas
Participated as an expert in Mexican and immigration law for the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas.
Texas Bar Association 2001 – Present
Western District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Admit to the practice of law in all 32 States of Mexico
Santa Maria Award 2000
Green Award 2001
Advocacia sin Fronteras 2001
Named Best Lawyers in San Antonio, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016
Named Top Criminal Attorney by San Antonio Scene Magazine in 2013
Honored for Excellence in Immigration Law in 2014
Mercado v. Lynch Docket: 14-60539
Opinion Date: May 4, 2016
Areas of Law: Immigration Law
Petitioner, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitioned for review of the BIA’s order of removal finding that his convictions for indecent exposure and making terroristic threats under Texas law are crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT). The court concluded that the BIA incorrectly applied the realistic probability approach in analyzing whether petitioner’s convictions are CIMTs.
There has not been an intervening change of law that would permit this panel to overturn prior precedent and adopt the realistic probability approach as applied to CIMTs. The court has persistently applied the “minimum reading” approach in this context. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded for the BIA to analyze petitioner’s convictions under the correct approach.
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