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Joseph C. Grasmick

Law Office of Joseph C. Grasmick, Business Immigration Olypic Towers

300 Pearl Street Suite 200

Buffalo, NY 14202 U.S.A.

Voice: 716.842.3100 Fax: 716.842.3105


J.D., SUNY at Buffalo, 1978 (cum laude, Law Review, Baldy Fellow)

M.A., Social and Cultural Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo, 1978. (Graduate


B.A., Political Science, SUC of NY at Fredonia, 1974. (Dean's List, President

Class of 1972, President Student Government)


Immigration and Nationality Law; Ethnology and National Law of Latin America;

Interethnic Contact and Social Networks; Legal Anthropology; International Law

and the International Protection of Human Rights; Law and Indigenous Peoples


Law Office of Joseph C. Grasmick, Buffalo, NY and Gellman,

Kurtzman, Macri & Grasmick, Niagara Falls, NY, immigration and

nationality law, 9/78-1/81 Associate; 1/81-Present, Partner/Owner. Inter-American Foundation, Research Fellow, research concerning inter-ethnic

contact between Paraguayan ethnic groups. 8/79-1/81.

Organization of American States, Research Fellow, consultant to Paraguayan

Ministry of Public Health in an applied research project concerning the impact

of national rural health service administration on indigenous minorities.


Fulbright Research Fellow, Paraguay, 10/79-10/80.

Lawyer's Committee for International Human Rights, representative to the United

Nations/ECOSOC Commission on Human Rights Subcommission on Prevention of

Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Geneva, Switzerland. 8/78-9/78. International Labor Organization, short-term assignments with the Application

of Standards Branch, Geneva, Switzerland, surveying the South American Civil Code

real property law, and its application to indigenous minorities. Funded by

the Ford Foundation Human Rights Internship Program. 5/77-9/77.

Buffalo Law Review, Senior Editor. 6/77-6/78.

SUNY at Buffalo Law School, Research Associate, locating translating and

summarizing Guatemalan, Mexican, Colombian and Panamanian legal materials

pertaining to the incorporation of treaty law into national law. 1/76-12/76. Peace Corps Volunteer, Paraguay, working with the national health agency,

SENASA, executing running water projects and designing comprehensive pilot

health programs, selected to coordinate a program of technical and cross-cultural

training for newly arrived Peace Corps volunteers. 7/72-9/75. (Accepted for

one-year extension of original two-year term)

Survey Research, Louis Harris and Associates and the Roper Organization, both

of New York, NY, constructing samples, executing pretests and interviewing.



Canada-U.S. Business Immigration Handbook, 6th Edition, Carswell, Toronto, Ontario

(Canada). Editor and principal author of treatise, and annual updates.

How to Legally Retire in the U.S.,

Sunbelt Canadian, Pheonix, AZ (Fall 1990).

Heard at the Border-U.S. Immigration Newsbriefs , The National Inquirer, Canadian

Bar Association Ontario, Immigration Section. (Regular column).

Free Trade Agreement Helps Canadians to Work in the U.S., How to Retire in the

U.S., How to Legally Work in the U.S., Can The New Immigration Law Help You?

The Brunton U.S. Nonresident Taxletter, Brunton International Services, Inc.,

Boca Raton, FL (Summer/Fall 89; Spring 90; Summer/Fall 90; Winter 90-91). Immigration Strategy for a U.S. Expansion, Business Quarterly, London Ontario

(Canada) (Summer 1989).

Doors are opening south of the Border, Let's Talk Business, Hamilton Ontario

(Canada) (April 1989).

Land and the Forest-Dwelling South American Indian: The Role of National Law,

In: Whose Trees? Proprietary Dimensions of Forestry. Louise Fortmann and

Johan W. Bruce, eds. Boulder, CO: Westview. (1988)

The Immigration Angle (five part series), Erie County Bar Bulletin, Buffalo:

Erie County Bar Association (September 1984-January 1985).

Immigration into Canada Under the Substantive Requirements of the Immigration

Act of 1976: A Practical Overview , with Mendel M. Green, American Bar

Association, "Canadian Law Newsletter", Vol. III January 1983.

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Arthur M. Gellman and Kenneth A. Cohen, Buffalo: William S. Hein (1981). Immigration Newsletter, Niagara Falls, NY Gellman, Cohen & Grasmick, (Volumes

III-IX, 1979-1988) Editor and principal author of the quarterly publication. Land and the Forest-dwelling South American Indian: An Anthropological and Legal

Perspectives, London: Committee for Indigenous Peoples, Discussion Paper Series

No. 5 (1981). Published simultaneously by the National Association of Inter-

disciplinary Ethnic Studies: Wisconsin.

Land and the Forest-Dwelling South American Indian: The Role of National Law,

Buffalo: Buffalo Law Review. V 27 N 4. (1979) Reprinted by the Land Tenure

Center, Madison, Wisconsin.


Admitted to practice in New York State and admitted to Federal practice (WDNY)

American Immigration Lawyers Association; Erie County Bar Association;

New York State Bar Association; Association.


Who's Who ...In the East, ...In American Law, ...Emerging Leaders. Marindale-Hubbel "AV" legal rating. (Highest possible rating.)


Spanish: Excellent; Guarani: Good; French: Fair; Portuguese: reading ability


Paraguay: 5 years; Argentina; 1 year; Mexico: 8 months; Puerto Rico: 3 months;

Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Panama,

Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Virgin Islands, Guyana, Haiti,

Dominican Republic, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany,

Netherlands, Thailand, Venezuela, India, Micronesia, New Zealand, Belize: less than 3

months each.

rev: August 5, 1995