Jacqueline graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2005 in the top ten percent of her class. She served as an Article’s Editor for the USF Law Review, and she focused her studies on human rights and refugee law. Jacqueline received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in International Human Rights Law, and she participated in the school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic. She presented written statements and oral interventions on the issue of the trafficking of women and children at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jacqueline began her career in immigration law at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney advisor through the Department of Justice Honors Program. There, she wrote hundreds of orders and written decisions for the Immigration Judges. Jacqueline has dedicated a significant part of her private practice to providing pro bono legal representation to individuals who are especially in need of legal services and unable to afford them. She has worked with the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project, the National Center for Immigrant and Refugee Children, CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children, and the Community of East Palo Alto Legal Services. She received San Francisco Bar Association’s 2010 Barrister of the Year Award, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2011 Pro Bono Benefactor and 2010 Pro Bono Champion Awards, and the California Bar Association’s Wiley W. Manual Award. She is also one of nine recipients of the California Bar Association’s 2011 President Services Awards for her pro bono work with immigrant children.
Jacqueline created and maintains a popular blog about immigration case law in the Ninth Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of California. She also belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and she is Co-Chair of the Immigration Section of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Barristers Club.
In addition to her law degree, Jacqueline has a Master of Arts in International Relations from San Francisco State University. She has lived in San Francisco for over a decade, and her practice is located in the city’s Richmond District. Jacqueline herself is the wife, daughter, and granddaughter of immigrants, and she holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland. Before becoming an immigration attorney, she experienced first-hand the confusion and anxiety often associated with the immigration maze when her Swiss husband adjusted his status to that of a legal permanent resident.