Sandra comes to the firm with over 20 years of experience practicing immigration law. Sandra is a member of the California Bar and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on both the national and local chapter levels. She currently serves on AILA’s national finance committee and the San Diego AILA chapter advocacy committee. She previously served on the AILA national religious worker committee, California Service Center committee and transparency committee. She served two terms as San Diego AILA Chapter chair. She also belongs to the American Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association and the St. Thomas More Society.
Sandra frequently speaks to attorneys, professional associations and civic organizations on immigration issues. She has published articles on immigration matters such as religious workers and their employers as well as immigration practice in the San Diego District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Sandra is an adjunct professor with the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches immigration law and supervises the Immigration Clinic. In addition, she has also served as a panelist for the University of San Diego Immigration Reform Panel.
Sandra obtained her law degree from the University of San Diego, where she was a volunteer translator for a National City legal clinic, chief justice of the honor court, and a member of the San Diego Law Review. She received her B.A. degree with highest honors in Spanish from St. Lawrence University. She spent her junior year abroad studying at the University of Madrid.
Sandra plays bass clarinet and sax with the San Diego Concert Band, Pomerado Concert Band, JELLS woodwind quintet, and San Diego Clarinet Society. She is a merit badge counselor for Boy Scout law-related merit badges. She also serves on the finance council for her church.
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