About Dan

Dan Berger is a partner at the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA, an Immigration Fellow/Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He is on the Legal Advisory Board of the Presidents’ Alliance on Immigration & Higher Education, on the Legal Advisory Council of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and a member of the USCIS Liaison Committee and the Afghanistan Task Force for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

He is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration, including after the 2020 election for the Brookings Institute on recommendations for the Biden/Harris Administration and also on strategies to support international entrepreneurs. He co-edited updated editions of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers and the International Adoption Sourcebook released in 2021. He also wrote an Issue Brief for the American Council on Education (ACE) after the 2016 election, and was a co-author on a “Note” on immigration in 2017 for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Dan has been quoted in various media including the Atlantic MagazineUSA Today, Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post, and is an advisor for the American Immigration Council on their informational website on STEM immigration initiatives.

AILA recently awarded Dan the “President’s Commendation” for “exemplary service to the President and AILA,” including being on the USCIS Headquarters Liaison Committee, writing practice advisories, serving on the AILA Afghanistan Taskforce, and being on the editorial board of the AILA Law Journal.

Dan has a particular focus on DACA and undocumented students, evaluating options for longer term status, including in monthly sessions for students at thedream.us and the International Language Institute Free English Program. He is also an immigration law adviser a grant on the use of DNA technology in immigration, and co-authored a peer reviewed article in Science on the use of DNA technology to address family separation at the border.

Dan developed his interest in immigration at Harvard University, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees.  He graduated from Cornell Law School and practiced immigration law for over 20 years. His current resume can be found here.