Meet the Team
Clare Murphy Shaw, J.D.
Clare joined the McCrummen Immigration Law Group in 2017 as an associate attorney. Her practice is mainly focused on humanitarian-based applications, including asylum. She also manages the firms contract to represent children in the United States without a parent or guardian and who are facing deportation. Clare has an extensive background in non-profit work including attaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, writing by-laws, and establishing boards. She is an accomplished grant-writer and has submitted grants for a broad scope of community-based organizations. Clare is a 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and is fluent in Spanish.
Leslie Tabb, J.D.
Afghan Legal Services Project
Leslie is a former corporate legal executive who joined the ACKC board in 2020 with a desire to become more involved in helping the immigrant community in the United States. Leslie has recently joined the ACKC practice to begin working hands-on in immigration law. After she left her corporate practice, she has volunteered at a local immigration office working on T-Visa applications and spent the winter of 2019 in Peru learning Spanish. In addition to 25 years of corporate and transactional practice, Leslie has experience doing nonprofit organizational work, serving on other nonprofit boards, and working with tax exempt entities.
Becky Tolman, J.D.
Becky is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she served as the president of the International Law Society, as well as the student chair for the KC chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Becky returned to school after an almost 20-year break so that she could learn and have the tools necessary to help those seeking legal status in the United States. Becky thrives on the support of her husband and three lovely daughters.
She is a recipient of the Dillingham Award, an acknowledgement of significant public service and connections to the Northland. She is also a grateful recipient of the Oliver Fellowship for public service.
Douglas Bartel, J.D.
Doug joined ACKC as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow in 2023. As a Fellow, Doug represents unaccompanied minors, focusing primarily on humanitarian-based applications. Before law school, Doug was a Teach for America Corps Member. As a Corps Member, he taught and administered an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) program for four years. While at the University of Kansas School of Law, Doug was the Symposium Editor for Kansas Law Review, and he won the 2022 National NALSA Moot Court Competition. Doug speaks French and Spanish.
Haeli Maas, J.D.
Haeli is an associate attorney working primarily within the Vera Unaccompanied Minors Project. Haeli's work focuses on representation for undocumented children in the United States without their parents. Haeli graduated Cum Laude from Washburn University School of Law where she earned various awards, including the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, the Outstanding Advanced Intern Award, the John K. Kleinheksel Prize for Excellence in Advocacy, the Pro Bono Honors Award, and more.
Haeli was active with the Washburn Law Clinic, and dedicated her time in law school to serving low-income and indigent clients through her work with the clinic and other pro bono opportunities. Haeli started at ACKC as a law clerk in August 2022 while still in law school, and joined the team as an attorney after passing the bar exam in September 2023.
Afghan Legal Services Project
Ayse joined ACKC in September 2021. She assists with volunteer coordination, managing grant administration, interviewing clients, and the preparation of submissions to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services on behalf of the project’s direct clients. Coming from a human rights background, Ayse brings nonprofit experience having worked with unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in London, UK as well disadvantaged girls in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After earning an M.A. in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London and receiving the school’s Albie Sachs Prize, she is currently working on her PhD in post-conflict reconciliation. Ayse enjoys experiencing different cultures and is driven to support those affected by conflict on their immigration journey.
Support Services Coordinator
Jennifer joined ACKC April 2023. Jennifer is currently working on her Master of Science in Project Management. Jennifer’s role as a Support Services Coordinator is to help advocate for clients, making sure they feel safe and secure as ACKC begins their legal case. She has background working with children and families who are facing adversity in Wyandotte County. She is passionate about breaking cultural and language barriers between clients so each person has the same opportunity in their case.
Afghan Legal Services Project
Shahab Sayedi was born in Afghanistan and later migrated to the USA in 2015. Currently a senior and a KC Scholar at UMKC, Shahab also serves as the president for UMKC Volleyball Unites The World. With a background in working with non-profit organizations such as JVS and Della Lamb as an interpreter, Shahab has made significant contributions to his community. Additionally, he takes on the role of a mentor in the JVS youth mentorship program, finding fulfillment in being a means of help and support for families who fear returning to their home country.
Vanessa Segura joined ACKC in July 2023. Vanessa received a B.A. in Communication from Wichita State University. Her experience with various nonprofits in Wichita and community work led her to the Kansas City area. She has worked within fundraising, community engagement and production management. Vanessa’s passion reflects her work by representing underserved communities with a purpose to advocate for communities, businesses, and individuals in need.