Attorney Yolanda Mendoza-Flores is of counsel to 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 communication skills.
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.