Tierney graduated from Bates College in 2009, where she earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She later received her M.A. in International Education Development from Columbia University Teachers College. While pursuing her masters, Tierney spent time in Thailand working with a small non-profit organization called Kwah Dao, providing educational opportunities to Burmese Shan youth.
After growing up in Hawaii and graduating from McGill University in Montreal, Mar Armstrong worked with a network of community centers throughout the Middle East, where her passion for helping resilient refugees find stability, security, and peace was ignited. During law school, Mar completed internships with the Harvard Immigrant and Refugee Clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project.
Clara earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2022, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class and completed over 400 hours of pro bono legal work. During law school, Clara focused her studies on immigration law and completed courses in refugee and asylum law, general immigration law, and international human rights law. Clara also worked as a student attorney in the Juvenile & Family Law Clinic, where she represented clients in juvenile and civil court. As a student attorney, Clara gained experience in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, custody disputes, and addiction and housing issues. Clara also completed legal internships at Green & Maris and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) Children’s Program.
Alyssa received her J.D. in 2023 from the University of Colorado. During law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Colorado Law Review as well as President of the Immigration Law & Policy Society. Alyssa's passions are removal defense and the intersection of immigration and criminal law. She focused her studies on immigration and criminal law, including working as a student attorney with the Immigration & Criminal Defense Clinic and completing courses in immigration law, criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, and international human rights.
Megan graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Megan works on many different types of cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, naturalization, DACA, family-based petitions, National Visa Center and consular processing, adjustment of status, removal proceedings, employment authorization and certain types of employment-based petitions.
Kate studied Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation, she taught math to high school students in underrepresented neighborhoods of Chicago, where she learned to love working with students and her daily commute on the “L.” Kate then worked as a legal assistant at an immigration and general practice law firm that mainly served Koreans and Korean Americans. It was a valuable experience for her to work directly with her community members in Chicago.
Fernanda has taken a serendipitous path from being an accomplished fashion designer in Ciudad de México to her Paralegal studies in Colorado, a place she has been proud to call home since 2008. As someone who has personally experienced the U.S. immigration process, from initial application to citizenship, Fernanda is intimately familiar with the immigration journey. She is passionate about helping people navigate the process with clarity, empathy, and kindness.
Claudia began working in the field of law even before graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2021. She started as a legal assistant in a boutique firm that handled family law, and she quickly discovered her passion for helping others. Coming from a first-generation immigrant family, she felt inspired to continue her paralegal career in immigration law.
Sara Williams-Mann graduated with a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1994, in the top ten percent of her class. Following graduation, she worked for Stern and Elkind, a Denver immigration law firm, specializing in asylum law and various aspects of employment-related immigration law.
“Today I have got my asylum granted letter from USCIS.”