Edwina Gantzer
Edwina GantzerLegal Assistant
Edwina joined the Nelson Smith, LLP, team in 2014 after moving to Portland from Minneapolis. She received her bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where she was a member of the ski team. In Bozeman, Edwina was involved with a student led group aiming to provide better resources for recent immigrants and had the opportunity to meet with senators and local leaders to discuss the implications of immigration policies on Montana. Edwina studied abroad in Peru and Argentina, where she learned Spanish. She is passionate about immigration reform and has volunteered at the Mexican Consulate. At Nelson Smith,LLP, she assists in preparing applications for employment authorization, family based petitions, waivers, fiancé/e visas, U-visas, VAWA petitions, asylum, adjustment of status, and naturalization. Her interests include trail running, skiing, and traveling.
Alejandra Trujillo
Alejandra TrujilloLegal Assistant
Alejandra Trujillo has worked for NELSON SMITH, LLP since July 2013. Alejandra was born in Veracruz, Mexico and moved to Beaverton, Oregon when she was eight years old. Alejandra attended elementary, middle and high school in the Beaverton school district and attended Portland Community College. Alejandra has volunteered for many programs such as: Oregon Hispanic and Migrant Student Leadership Program, Upward Bound, Oregon Leadership Institute, Mentor Interns of Rock Creek, Equity Ambassadors and Associated Students of Portland Community College. Alejandra hopes to return to school to further her education in 2016. As immigrant, Alejandra can easily relate to and understand the difficulties and hardships people face when going through the immigration process. She has always had a special interest in immigration law and enjoys being able to help people through the process. Alejandra’s favorite sport is soccer, both watching and playing. Her favorite teams are the Mexican National Soccer team and Las Chivas de Guadalajara. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and niece and nephew. She hopes that she gets to travel the world with her husband someday.
Jacqueline Alvarado
Jacqueline Alvarado Legal Assistant
Jacqueline Alvarado began working for NELSON |SMITH, LLP in 2009 when she was a junior in high school at St. Mary’s Academy. Jackie is currently at student at Portland State University. She plans to go to law school and practice immigration law in the near future. Jackie has volunteered in Portland with local residents in programs such as the Back to School Fair, El Mercadito, Portland Public Schools, and also with the Mexican Consulado Movil. She is a mentor and recipient of the Diversity Scholarship. Jackie loves to travel and is passionate about equality and social justice.
Johanna Rojas
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Mari Kilmer
Mari KilmerLegal Assistant
Mari began her work in the legal field in February of 2012, after she returned from 26 months of service as a PeaceCorps Volunteer in Guatemala. While serving in the PeaceCorps as a health teacher in three rural schools in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Mari heard first-hand the struggles that immigrants face looking to seek a better life in the United States. Prior to serving in the PeaceCorps, Mari attended the University of Oregon where she double majored in General Sciences and Spanish and minored in Biology. During college, Mari studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain, where she fell in love with the Spanish language and committed herself to becoming fluent. Since working at NELSON SMITH, LLP Mari has worked on a wide variety of immigration cases, ranging from Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, U Visas, family-based petitions and detainees. Mari’s passion for immigration reform was ignited after volunteering at the Dilley, Texas Detention Center, working for the release of detained mothers and their children. Mari enjoys spending free time with her husband and her dog, Louie.
Meghan Dooney
Meghan DooneyLegal Assistant
Meghan’s work with immigrants began when she was a high school student at St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland. After school, Meghan volunteered at Immigration Counseling Service. Later, her volunteer work turned into a full-time position as an office assistant. During college, Meghan was creator and editor of Evolve, a social justice newspaper devoted to under-represented groups, which included many articles focusing on immigration in the United States.