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SB 94: Tilting the Playing Field for Unscrupulous Mortgage Servicers, Verdict Magazine, Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals, July 2010

The Criminal Character of the Civil Immigration Law System, Verdict Magazine, Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals, July 2009

The Trickle Down Bailout Bottoms Out, Verdict Magazine, Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals, July 2008

Immigration Issues in a New World: The End of INS, NCHRA Legal and Legislative Affairs Council, 2003

The Mess at INS, San Francisco Attorney Magazine, June 2002

Opening a US Office: Immigration Aspects of Offshore Software, San Francisco Attorney Magazine, June 2001

In and Out of Cuba: Two Sides of an Unusual Immigration Process, BASF Barrister’s Club Journal, June 2001

A Footnote to the Linda Chavez Scandal, San Francisco Attorney Magazine, May 2001

The H-1B Skilled Worker Handbook: Tips and Secrets for Quickly Hiring the Best Candidates, NCHRA HR Continuing Education, 2000

Oh Those H-1Bs: The Silicon Valley’s Skilled Worker Shortage, HR Bulletin, August 2000

Writings on immigration, employment law, or litigation published in a journal, or magazine for attorneys, HR managers, and industry professionals

Murky Present for an Issue that Has a Myth-Filled Past

San Francisco Chronicle 10/28/2012

Bailout Psychology
San Francisco Chronicle 04/05/2009

The Trickle Down Bailout
San Francisco Chronicle 09/30/2008

The End of the Republic
San Francisco Chronicle 09/23/2008

The Great Swindle
San Francisco Chronicle 09/14/2008

Who Will Pay the Mortgage When the Owner Walks? San Francisco Chronicle 02/08/2008

Stimulus Plan a Scam to Benefit the Rich
San Francisco Chronicle 02/03/2008

The Mortgage Rate "Freeze" - The Real Story Is Fraud San Francisco Chronicle 12/09/2007

The Coming Mortgage Bailout
San Francisco Chronicle 03/20/2007

Down to a Science: Biotech Greencards
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle – 11/7/2000

Writings on economics, politics, or law published in a mainstream newspaper, or magazine



Sean practices immigration and employment law. His experience includes corporate immigration, federal litigation, federal court appeals, opening US subsidiaries, and transferring executives. Sean served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law from 2012 to 2015 and he is designated a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As of 2016, there are only 199 California State Bar certified specialists in immigration law.

Sean served on the Editorial Board of San Francisco Attorney Magazine in 2002, after the Board had asked him to edit an entire issue on immigration law for June/July 2001. He served as Chair of the Immigration Committee and Barrister’s Club Immigration Committee for the San Francisco Bar Association in 2001, on the Legislative Affairs Committee for NCHRA, and as a board member for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Sean appeared on the Gene Burns show on KGO, on the David Glass Show and other media.

Sean earned his law degree from the University of San Diego and his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.



Sean on the Radio

KGO LogoKGO: The Gene Burns Show
April 4, 2009
Crosscurrents LogoCrosscurrent: with Ben Trefny
September 16, 2008
KSRO LogoKSRO: The David Glass Show
March 6, 2007

Sean on Channel 24 (Cantonese)




HR West - Handling Hot Button Immigration Issues, NCHRA, Oakland, March 2, 2015 - See Sean Olender's program details on the NCHRA West 2015 Brochure.

PERM Labor Certification Pathways to Residence, NCHRA Training Center, San Jose, Oct 30, 2013

San Diego International Law Journal Symposium, Chaidez v. US and Padilla Retroactivity, University of San Diego, Mar 15, 2013

PERM Labor Certification Pathways to Residence, NCHRA, San Francisco, Mar 6, 2013

Overcoming Immigration and Compliance Challenges, NCHRA eSummit Webinar Jan 10, 2013

Immigration Remedies for Detained HIV+ Patients, UCSF Incarcerated Populations Conference, Berkeley, May 9, 2012

The Causes of the Crisis, Center for Global Peace and Prosperity, Nov 8, 2008, Alameda

Employment Authorization Documents, American Immigration Lawyers Assoc., Webinar, Oct 23, 2008

The Mortgage Crisis and Government Intervention, Bay Area Wealth Builders, Marin, CA, Jan 17, 2008

Social Security No Match LettersCrowne Plaza, San Francisco, Oct 25, 2007; Crowne Plaza San Jose, Nov 1, 2007

Representing HIV and AIDS Asylum Applicants , AIDS Legal Referral Panel, San Francisco, September 18, 2007

Managing HR in the Healthcare SectorNCHRA, Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, Jun 14, 2005

New PERM Rules: Big Changes to the Green Card Process, Radisson Hotel Dublin, NCHRA Training Center San Fran., May 5 and 12, 2005

Managing HR in the Healthcare Sector, NCHRA, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San FranciscoJun 17, 2004

US Immigration and Nurses: From H-1B to Greencard, Special Training at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India Nov 10 through 12, 2003

New Rules for Work-Based Visas & Greencards, Marriott San Ramon, NCHRA San Francisco Training CenterAug 8 and 20, 2003

The End of INS and New Rules for Greencards, Marriott San Ramon, NCHRA Center San FranciscoAug 8 and 20, 2003

2003 HR Legislative UpdateNCHRAHyatt San JoseSir Francis DrakeSan Fran.Feb 11& 26, 2003

2002 Human Resources Legislative UpdateMarriott San Ramon and NCHRA San Fran.Training Center Jan 1, 2002 & Feb 5, 2002

Hiring Foreign Workers in a New World, NCHRA, Hyatt San Jose, Sir Francis Drake San FranciscoAug 23, 2001

2001 Human Resources Legislative UpdateNCHRA, Biltmore Santa ClaraSir Francis Drake, San FranciscoFeb 8 and 13 2001

Getting the Most from the New H-1B Law, Hilton Hotel, NCHRA, Sunnyvale and Sir Francis Drake, San FranciscoNov 9 and 14, 2000

21st Century Work Issues: 2000 Legislative UpdateSir Francis Drake San Francisco and Hilton SunnyvaleAug 15 and 22, 2000

Hiring Foreign Professionals, NCHRA, Sheraton Concord, Hyatt Palo AltoJun 21 and Jul 11, 2000

Business Immigration and Compensation Issues, NCHRA, Hilton Sunnyvale, Sir Francis Drake San FranciscoJul 23 and 27, 1999


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The Olender Pro Bono Project

We represent some clients who have compelling cases and little money at no charge. Sean received the Benito Juarez human rights award in 2008 and the ALRP Volunteer Award in 2012 for taking more than 10 pro bono cases in 12 months. We need volunteers. E-mail Debbie to volunteer.


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