The Honorable Sarah Monty - Arnoni (Houston, Texas)
Regent Sarah D. Monty-Arnoni is a partner and leader of the immigration practice group for Monty & Ramirez, where she practices exclusively in the area of U.S. immigration and naturalization law. She counsels employers in all aspects of employment‐based immigration including nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, permanent residency, citizenship, policy development and compliance with the ever‐ increasing regulations applicable to both U.S. employers and the foreign nationals whom they employ.
Monty-Arnoni’s clients have encompassed individuals, investors, merging and mid‐sized businesses and large corporations in a variety of industries including energy, health care, IT consulting, oil and gas, financial services and the import/export of consumer goods. She also assists clients in performing “immigration due diligence” in preparation for corporate restructures and merger and acquisition transactions. Ms. Monty-Arnoni routinely guides foreign nationals at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad to facilitate the issuance of visas necessary to enter the U.S.
Regent Monty-Arnoni is licensed to practice law in the Southern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a founding member of the Immigration Section of the Texas State Bar. An active member in the American Immigration Attorney Association (AILA) and was awarded the Pro Bono Guardian Award by AILA from 2012-2013. She serves as a volunteer attorney for Neighborhood Centers Inc. and Associated Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston Center. She co-authored The Gringo’s Guide to Immigration Reform for Employers.
Regent Monty-Arnoni is also passionate regarding education issues especially as they pertain to immigrants. Before becoming an attorney, Monty-Arnoni was employed as a public school bilingual teacher serving at-risk youth in El Paso, Texas. Ms. Monty-Arnoni also worked as an English and a Foreign Language instructor in Spain from 1985-1992. She taught English as a Second Language at the El Paso Community College from 1992-1995. As an attorney, Monty-Arnoni has served as a law instructor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, San Jacinto Community College, and University of Houston Small Business Development Center. She is also co-founder of the non-profit organization Protectors of the Dream – an organization founded to support young undocumented immigrants.
She attended Texas Southern University from September 1995 to December 1997. She was honored with and the Amjur Award in Criminal Law, Cali Award of Excellence in 1996 and the Award of Excellence in Texas Practice in 1997. She earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence as a Cum Laude graduate in 1997.
Term: April 26, 2013 – February 1, 2019