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Ruby Lichte Powers

Ruby Lichte Powers

Ruby L. Powers is the founder of Powers Law Group, P.C., a Houston-based, full-service immigration law firm and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law.  Ruby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Leadership Houston, and American Leadership Forum. Ruby is the child of an immigrant and married to an immigrant. Their family consists of two enthusiastic children and together they enjoy traveling to the US National Parks (20 down, 43 more to go) and playing board games. Ruby also enjoys gardening, traveling, scuba diving, and reading. Regardless of her role, she dedicates her life to empowering and advocating for others.

Ruby is an author; frequent national and international speaker; and media resource on topics of immigration law, policy, and law practice management. Her knowledge and advocacy efforts have made her a go-to source for The Washington Post and The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and BBC World News amongst others. 

With nearly 20 years of firsthand experience, her full-service immigration law firm focuses on immigration law including family– and employment-based immigration, investment visas, asylum, deportation, and waivers of inadmissibility. Ruby regularly presents and teaches courses on immigration. Her firm has represented individuals from over 35 countries seeking asylum in the United States. She works with various nonprofit organizations as a board member of Mobile Pathways and an active volunteer with Casa Juan Diego. In 2022, her firm collaborated with a local nonprofit to provide asylum legal services and be of counsel to the growing Afghan community.

She authored the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) book, Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind). In 2020, she provided law practice management consulting services through her company, Powers Strategy Group, LLC.  Further sharing her expertise, Ruby is an Adjunct Professor for South Texas College of Law Houston teaching Law Office Management to law students, and a business instructor for Houston Community College teaching entrepreneurship to Spanish-speaking business owners. 

Ruby served on the City of Houston’s Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission and chaired AILA’s law practice management committee. She also served as vice-chair of both AILA’s media advocacy committee and the State Bar of Texas’ Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, and she volunteers as a consulting attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Houston. She recently began leading her family’s nonprofit, Rancho Altamira Christian Center.

From volunteering on campaigns to running for office herself, Ruby has always been an advocate for others. In 2020, she ran for Texas State Representative for Texas District 134 with a focus on improving access to health care and education, fighting for public safety by reducing gun violence, promoting sensible immigration policies, and combating climate change

Ruby has been honored by receiving the Houston Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business, Outstanding Leader in Law, and Most Admired CEO Awards and the Texas Democratic Women – Houston Rising Star Award. In 2017, she was one of two out of 17,000 members to receive the AILA Advocacy Award. Powers was mentioned in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Selected as Top-Rated Immigration Lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2022. 

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  • LawLine.com, Applying for Consular Processing and I-601 Waivers in Juarez, Mexico, September 9, 2011
  • LawLine.com, Overview of I-601 Waivers and Techniques for Success, January 11, 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), How to Start an Immigration Practice, February 17, 2012
  • LawLine.com, Changes in I-601 Foreign-Filed Waivers, October 17, 2012
  • AILA, 20 Tips for Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, Solo & Small Practice: Business School for Immigration Lawyers, Washington, D.C., October 25, 2012
  • AILA, 2013 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, San Francisco, California, June 27, 2013
  • AILA, Houston Chapter, Law Practice Management topic, November 21, 2013
  • AILA, Podcast, How to Run Your Law Practice from a Tropical Island, January 8, 2014
  • Texas State Bar, 2014 Immigration Law 101, Houston, Texas, February 4, 2014
  • University of Houston Law Center, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and South Texas College of Law, 4th Annual Immigration Law Symposium,Houston, Texas, March 20, 2014
  • AILA, Texas, OK, NM Chapter Spring Conference, Practice Management: How to effectively use technology to manage & to promote your practice, Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2014
  • AILA, 2014 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Boston, MA, June 22, 2014
  • AILA, Fundamentals Conference, Waivers, New Orleans, LA, October 17, 2014
  • AILA, Fundamentals Conference, Law Practice Management, New Orleans, LA, October 17, 2014
  • AILA Podcasts, Fee Agreements, March 2015
  • AILA Podcasts, Women in Immigration Law, March 2015
  • AILA, Texas, OK, NM Chapter Spring Conference, Law Practice Management, Santa Fe, NM, April 24, 2015
  • LawLine.com, Provisional Waiver Update, 2 Years Later, May 11, 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, Law Practice Management section, June 3, 2015
  • AILA, 2015 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Washington, D.C., June 18, 2015
  • AILA, Texas, OK, NM Chapter Spring Conference, Advocacy, Austin, TX, April 15, 2016
  • Texas Minority Attorney Program, Houston, TX, May 20, 2016
  • AILA, 2016 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Las Vegas, NV, June 25, 2016
  • AILA, 2016 Paralegals Conference, New Orleans, LA, August 5, 2016
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, CLE, Presentation on Waivers, Houston, Texas, November 18, 2016
  • AILA, 2016 AILA Solo and Small Firm Practice Management Conference, Seeking out New Life and Civilizations: Attracting and Keeping the Clients You Want; Technology Today: Tools, Tricorders, and Tips to Sustain Your Practice, Orlando, Florida, December 8, 2016
  • Houston Bar Association, Business School Boot Camp for the Law Practice Manager: Key Lessons from Managing a Law Firm for 7 Years, Houston, Texas, January 11, 2017
  • AILA, 2017, Podcast Speech, Associate Compensation Packages, January 19, 2017
  • AILA, 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Ethical Challenges in Engagement Agreements, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 24, 2017
  • Houston Bar Association, Business School Boot Camp for the Law Practice Manager: Key Lessons to Give Your Firm a Competitive Edge, Houston, Texas, August 2017
  • UT CLE Conference, October 2017
  • Texas State Bar, 2018 Advanced Immigration Law Conference, Houston, Texas, February 2018
  • AILA, 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Lawyer as Manager, San Francisco, California, June 16, 2018
  • State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas, June 2018
  • AILA Law Practice Management, Running your Law Firm Remotely, October 2012
  • AILA VOICE Magazine, How to Avoid Staffing Nightmares, May/June 2013
  • Houston Latino Magazine, Employment and Investment Immigration Options in the United States, October 2013
  • Houston Bar Association, The Houston Lawyer Magazine, Immigration Issues Unique to a Plaintiffs’ Practice, September/October 2013
  • AILA Law Practice Management, How to Effectively Manage your Staff Remotely, October 2013
  • Houston Latino Magazine, Provisional Waivers, November 2013
  • Houston Latino Magazine, Immigration Reform, January 2014
  • AILA Immigration Practice News, Benefits and Creative Compensation to Retain Talent, November 2014
  • AILA Immigration Practice News, Executive Action and Your Firm’s Staff: Plan Accordingly, January 2015
  • AILA Law Practice Management, Women in Immigration Law, March 2015
  • AILA Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda, 2017
  • Houston Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business Women to Watch Finalist, 2016
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 2015
  • Houston Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Award, 2014
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship – 2004-2005, Barcelona, Spain
  • Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow – 2008
  • John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, 24th Texas Leadership Forum
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB), BBB Gold Star Certificate 2011, 2012, and 2014, BBB Award for Excellence 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Houstonia Top Lawyer, 2014-2015
  • Houstonia, Top Professional, 2014
  • H Texas Magazine Houston’s Top Lawyers, 2014, 2016
  • Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO, 2014
  • Client’s Choice, AVVO, 2015
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuter Service, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Houston Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business, Outstanding Leader In Law, 2019
  • Houston Business Journal, Most Admired CEO, 2021
  • 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
  • Houstonia Top Lawyer, 2021
  • Texas Democratic Women, Rising Star Award, 2022
  •  Selected Top Rated Immigration Lawyer by Super Lawyers 2022
  •  Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Houston as a member of the Police Officer’s Civil Service Commission 2022
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