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WHY I DO IMMIGRATION LAW
I wanted to work in the field of social justice when I started law school at the University of Texas. I knew I would be able to help in the Immigration Clinic because I speak Spanish, so I decided to enroll. As a student at the Clinic, my first assignment was to visit the Hutto immigrant detention center. There, I met with a detained family of asylum seekers who had a five-month-old baby girl. She was wearing a onesie issued by the prison. Her mom asked me if I would hold her during our meeting because I smelled like the outside world, and when I got up to leave our meeting, she asked me if I could sneak her baby out with me and take care of her until her parents could get out. Although I couldn’t do that, I did represent the family in their successful asylum case. The elation I felt at helping obtain that family’s release and securing their future coupled with the horror I felt at seeing children in jail made my choice easy: I will spend my career fighting for justice and dignity for immigrants.
I am the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After my fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job.
I serve as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter and serve on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. I regularly mentor and train attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work by all lawyers, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. I was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2019 Finalist, Austin Under 40 Awards, Young Women's Alliance
2019 SuperLawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine
2019 Changemaker Award, Austin Young Chamber
2018 Leadership in Advocacy Award, Grassroots Leadership
2018 Excellence in Pro Bono award, Austin Bar Association
2018 Clients’ Choice Award, Avvo
2018 Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine
2017 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Travis County Women Lawyers Association
2017 Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine
2010 Contribution to Minority Community Award, Travis County Women Lawyers Association
I have appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert
My most important accomplishment of all is my family: my daughters Nora and Winslow, and my husband Josh.