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2019 Great Decisions: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

September 19

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

Speaker: Anne E. Ohlrich

Anne E. Ohlrich, J.D.

The Ohlrich Law Firm PLLC

2632 Broadway, STE 301 S

San Antonio, TX 78215



The Ohlrich Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

           5/12 – Present

The Ohlrich Law firms serves the needs of university, smaller corporate and family clients who tend to get lost in larger firms.  Our mission statement focuses on the belief that each client should be treated as an individual worthy of respect and attention – and not a case number to be addressed as needed.  My firm is well rounded in immigration and business solutions, and we provide assistance with legal immigration issues from family based petitions to corporate concerns such as investors, professional employees, I-9 compliance and E-Verify.  Primary focus in corporate filings include investors (E1/E2 and EB5); new office and intra-company L1A & L1B petitions; H1B; H2A & H2B; EB1; EB2; EB3  petitions and National Interest Waivers.

Ms. Ohlrich previously served on the following National and State Committees:

AILA Business Immigration Committee

Texas State Bar Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality – Vice Chair (2016-2019)

Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2017 – 2019)

St. Mary’s University

            8/05 – Present

Adjunct and former Visiting Assistant Professor in the Graduate International Relations Department, as well as Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law and the Undergraduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences.  Focus during teaching has been National Security and Intelligence Studies; Trans-National Global Criminal Organizations; Diplomacy and Negotiation; International Law and Treaties; Inter-American Security Issues (Including immigration, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking and weapons trafficking) and sponsoring the Great Decisions program through the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. 

Founder and Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and Strategic Initiatives as well as the student group the Organization for Conflict and Diplomacy. 

Received outstanding evaluations from every course for the last eight years.

U.S. Department of State                                                                                           1/99-6/05

            Diplomat, Consular Officer and Program Manager

Duty Assignments (Last to first):

U.S. Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,  Dep. Chief of Non-Immigrant Visa Unit

Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Central America & Mexico Border Desk Officer

U.S. Consulate, Recife, Brazil, Chief of the Consular Section

U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom, Chief of the Visa Coordination Unit and Dep. Chief of the Immigration Visa Section

As a diplomat and consular officer my duties ranged from helping stranded U.S. citizens overseas to directly overseeing a multi-million dollar counter-narcotic operation in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  As the Chief of consular units and sections I was responsible for maintaining and improving operations of the units including: training on regulations and application of U.S. Immigration Law; supervision of up to 40 members of staff; serving as a liaison to local attorneys, U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and EPIC.

At all times my portfolio included responsibility for budget and program management including advocating and participating in assessments and negotiations both inter-agency and with other governments.


St. Mary’s University

San Antonio, TX Assistant Visiting Professor, School of Humanities (08/07 – Present); St. Mary’s University School of Graduate International Relations, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX (8/05 – Present) and St. Mary's University School of Law.

Courses Include:  International Law and Treaties; Globalization of Crime; Transnational Crime; Diplomacy; National Security; European Security Issues; The Global War on Terror; International Conflict and Diplomacy (MOAS); Human Trafficking; Inter-American Security Issues; Intelligence Gathering; International Political Economy; Ethics in International Relations; International Political Economies; Human Security Issues and Foundation in Globalization.

U.S. Department of State

Instructor, “E-Visas: Laws and Regulations”, U.S. Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (3/05):  “Changes to Processing Non-Immigrant Visas: Biometrics and Interviewing Techniques”, U.S. Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (9/04 – 5/05): “Processing Category One Visa Ineligibilities”, U.S. Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, (9/03 – 5/05) and “Compliance in Counter-narcotics Obligations: Decertifying Guatemala”, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Western Hemisphere Conference, Antigua, Guatemala, (5/03)


State Bar of Texas                          Attorney at Law                                  May 1998

Western District of Texas                                                                       January 2013


JD (1998)       

St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, TX                                        Focus:  International, Maritime and Immigration Law

Trinity University, Dublin, Ireland

Focus:  European Union Law, Irish Constitutional Law

BA (1992)

Incarnate Word College                                                                        

Major Field:  Political Science and Philosophy


Excellence in Teaching and Public Service, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Centers of Academic Excellence, September 2011

Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State (Group Award), June 2005

Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State, May 2003



17th Annual Advanced Immigration Law 2019 Course, January 2019, Speaker on Advanced Consular Processing Issues in the Family Context

Cool Immigration Lawyers 1st Annual CLE, February 2017, Speaker on Consular Issues

St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice Immigration Symposium – Chair and Speaker for dealing with complicated Business Issues and Ethics

AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference, Presenter (April 2013)

AILA Mid-South and Texas Conference for Immigration, Labor and Crim-Immigration Issues (November 2012)

AILA Spring Conference for Employment and Family Law, Presenter (April 2012)

AILA EB-5 Investors Conference (August 2010)

Immigration Law for Advanced Practitioners (February 2010)

Office of the Director for National Intelligence Conference (2006-2011)

Ethics in Intelligence, Security and Immigration: The Moral and Social Significance of Gathering and Managing Information and Borders in the Global Community Conference at Univ. of Texas Pan American (November 2008)

Taking the Foreign Service Written Exam (Co-Presenter, Oct. 2007 - 2009)

Oxford Roundtable: Diplomacy and the Rise of Empires (8/07) Presenter for Diplomacy and the Rise of Empires

National Counter Intelligence Conference (2006 & 2007)

Mid Level Foreign Services Officers Conference Ecuador March 2005

Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Conference, Antigua, Guatemala May 2003

Information Systems Security Officer Training Course August 2001

Advanced Economics and Policy June 2001



Presenter:  EB-5 Investor Visas: Ethical Pitfalls and the Million Dollar Visa

            AILA Spring Conference for Employment and Family Law (April 2012)

Panel:  St. Mary’s University President’s Peace Commission, October 2010

Violence on the Border: How did we get here? Background to the Violence and It’s Impact on Ordinary People of the Border, Panelist

DHS University Network Security Summit, March 2009

            Critical Pathways to 21st Century National Security Careers

            (Member of Panel)

Oxford University Roundtable, August 2007

            Presenter/ Paper, Diplomacy and the Rise of Empires

Panel:  St. Mary’s University Presidents Peace Commission, October 2005

            Immigration and National Security, Panelist




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