Minnetonka Immigration Lawyer
Prior to and during law school, Georgette focused on international legal issues, specifically in the fields of environment and human rights. She has a special interest in climate change refugees and corporate responsibility for human rights abuses.
While in law school, Georgette was a legal intern working on asylum applications at The Advocates for Human Rights and at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. She was a Minnesota Justice Foundation clerk at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Georgette was a student attorney in the Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy clinic, where she worked on international legal cases with clients from Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Mexico. She was also a student attorney in the Rural Immigrant Access Clinic where she traveled with other students to rural parts of Minnesota to provide legal advice and social service referrals to immigrants living in those areas. Georgette was a fellow for the University of Minnesota Human Rights Clinic, where she researched human rights issues related to agricultural laws in Colombia. In her final year, Georgette studied at Uppsala University in Sweden, focusing on litigation within the European Union judicial system. She was also a Benjamin B. Ferencz fellow at World Without Genocide, researching climate change legislation.
Since law school, Georgette has narrowed her focus to immigration law. She volunteered at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, working on detained cases. And she is now a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a volunteer attorney and mentor at the Advocates for Human Rights, assisting on asylum applications. She also does remote volunteer work with Lawyers for Good Government, Project Corazon, which assists asylum applicants at the Mexican/Texan border.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.