Vania Reyna, Esq.Attorney
I represent clients in a wide variety of immigration matters in both affirmative applications to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and removal defense cases in immigration court. These cases include family-based petitions, adjustment of status, green card renewals and naturalization before USCIS; and matters such as deportation, removal, and asylum before the immigration court. Often our client’s come to us with complex issues within the area of immigration law, which requires me to not only have knowledge of the law but also be able to explain the law and issues our clients are facing in a manner that is less overwhelming and compassionate to the fears they have.
When a new client comes to our office, I meet with them for an in-depth consultation during which time I explain the applicable laws and discuss possible outcomes. I also thoroughly and completely discuss with them our office’s recommendations for how they should proceed. Throughout the case, I prepare and draft the appropriate forms, conduct legal research, request the appropriate documentation needed to present as evidence, while keeping the client well informed every step of the way.
In the cases that are before an immigration judge or USCIS officials, I prepare our clients and any witnesses for the day. This includes thoroughly reviewing what I have submitted to either the court or the USCIS office, going over the possible questions the clients may be asked, and preparing them for any possible “tough” questions.
J.D., Charlotte School of Law, 2016
Latin American Law Society – Internal/External Relations Chair
Immigration Law Society – President
B.A., West Virginia University
Volunteered with Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club
District of Columbia Bar Association
Member Since: 2019
CASA de Maryland, Immigration Staff Attorney, December 2018 – August 2021
Provide immigration legal representation to CASA members, in cases of removal defense and affirmative applications, such as U visas and adjustment of status. Provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of immigration issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant community that CASA encounters. Lead weekly review sessions of naturalization applications flagged by Immigrant Integration Program staff. Provide weekly consultations to CASA members seeking immigration advice. Support legal needs of the Organizing department as they arise. Engage in advocacy and community organizing efforts and campaigns for improved laws affecting members of the low-income immigrant community at local, state and federal level by reviewing legislation, presenting testimony, organizing hearings and lobbying. Engage in education and outreach through “know your rights” presentations, design and dissemination of materials and “training of trainers” workshops in which organizers and workers are trained to reach out to others to inform them of their rights.
Charlotte School of Law – Immigration Clinic, Student-Attorney, 2015 - 2016
Gained invaluable first-hand advocacy experience representing defensive asylum client. Developed skills to conduct interviews with client, used legal research skills to draft a brief for the Charlotte Immigration Court Master Calendar hearing, prepared affidavits for witness, and prepared client and witnesses for upcoming hearing. Represented clients in Master Calendar hearings.
Legal Aid of North Carolina – Concord Office, Legal Intern, 2015
Represented indigent clients in unemployment benefits hearings and domestic violence court. Interviewed clients, filed motions, prepared client for direct and cross examination questioning at hearing. Researched issues relating to public housing and landlord-tenant issues with respect to cases in small claims court. Prepared client for Unemployment Benefits hearing in Administrative Court.