Associate Attorney Yolanda Mendoza-Flores
Attorney Yolanda Mendoza-Flores is an associate at the firm. She has a
deep commitment to public service and is passionate about immigration
law. In law school, as a student attorney, Ms. Mendoza conducted legal
intakes and know your rights presentations in both English and Spanish
to detainees in the Suffolk County House of Corrections. She also interviewed
asylum seekers of many different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds
and learned how to assess legal claims and forms of relief quickly and
efficiently while being mindful of the clients’ traumatic experiences.
During law school, Ms. Mendoza, along with a team of fellow clinical students,
persuaded three federal judges in the First Circuit Court of Appeals to
release a 41-year-old Jamaican citizen who was about to be deported. This
decision overturned the Board of Immigration Appeals, and became law.
Ms. Mendoza made a pivotal argument in the appeal - that a third-degree
assault charged at the state level did not trigger deportation under federal law.
Education & Experience
For five years prior to law school, Ms. Mendoza worked as an immigration
paralegal at a well-respected New York City immigration firm handling
all aspects of immigration law. She also volunteered as a Spanish interpreter
for AILA's juvenile docket pro bono program, where she learned important
Ms. Mendoza is a 2015 graduate of Suffolk Law School in Boston and solely
a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Her practice of law is strictly limited
to Immigration and Naturalization law in New Jersey.