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Attorney William C. Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney at Baurkot & Baurkot. Mr. Menard is a native New Yorker, growing up in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. He attended high school at the Trinity School, an independent, preparatory educational institution located in New York’s Upper West Side that was founded in 1709 (the fifth oldest school in the United States). The Trinity School has long maintained the reputation as one of the nation’s leading educational institutions, with Forbes Magazine naming it the best college preparatory school in the United States. During his time there, he worked on the campaigns of both Andrew Cuomo for governor of the State of New York and John Kerry for president. He was also a member of Trinity’s Model Congress, and was selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference, a program in Washington, D.C., preparing exceptional college-bound students for the nation’s top professions.
Mr. Menard then moved to Los Angeles to attend Claremont McKenna College, perennially one of America’s top ten liberal arts institutions. At Claremont, he majored in Government, and wrote his thesis on the effect President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign on the Iraq War, and the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf. Mr. Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous areas as a journalist, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more. During college, Mr. Menard also worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science. Finally, Mr. Menard interned for a New York labor and employment law firm.
Mr. Menard then attended St. John’s University Law School. There, he was selected to join the school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society. As part of the application process to join Moot Court, he earned the award for best brief of those applying in his year. He was twice picked to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world, and his writing helped St. John’s earn one of the highest brief scores in the Northeast region. He was also selected to be the brief specialist for the St. John’s National Moot Court Competition team, helping the school to earn runner-up best brief in the New York region. Finally, he was elected as a Senior Director of the St. John’s Moot Court Executive Board. Outside of Moot Court, Mr. Menard was selected as the Dorothy Day Memorial Scholar for the class of 2012. He also earned multiple CALI awards for top grade in a particular course, including for his work in State Constitutional Law, and earned a spot on the St. John’s Dean’s List.
Mr. Menard is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, First Judicial Department, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Menard is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Mr. Menard played varsity baseball for two years at the Trinity School and one year at Claremont McKenna College, pitched for several travel teams in the New York area, and continues to love baseball, as well as hockey and several other sports. He also loves to travel as much as possible.