Meet Our Mentoring Attorneys
Our Mentoring Attorneys are practicing immigration attorneys who provide technical assistance to our volunteer attorneys
Law Office of Vanessa Franks
Vanessa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has been an advocate for social justice since middle school. Now a community lawyer, she owns the Law Office of Vanessa Frank. Her practice focuses on immigration law given her desire to serve the community’s most vulnerable population. She primarily represents undocumented working class families, many who hope to be reunited or kept together with their families in the United States. Vanessa has been awarded the Holly Spevak Award for Outstanding Public Service by the Women Lawyers of Ventura County. In addition to her recognition, she has been invited to speak on several occasions on immigration law, policy and advocacy by local and regional organizations. She further serves as a consulting attorney for various social justice and advocacy organizations along the Central Coast; these services include Know Your Rights trainings, current and accurate immigration law updates, and direct consultation with service providers who serve immigrant families. The Law Office of Vanessa Frank is approaching its 10th year anniversary, and seeks to continue to provide high quality and supportive legal representation to families; and to advocate for immigrant and human rights in the Central Coast of California. Vanessa received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Marisol Alarcon is an immigration attorney located in Carpinteria. Marisol is a dual citizen of the United States and Chile. She was born in the United States to immigrant parents, so she understands the unique challenges of growing up with immigrant parents whose first language is not English. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the National Immigration Project. She believes in contributing to the community and is a board member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation, Carpinteria Children’s Project, Teen Legal Clinic, and Santa Barbara Women Lawyer’s Foundation. In addition to immigration law, Marisol is interested in Restorative Justice and has volunteered for the Santa Barbara Restorative Justice Program, which provides an alternative form of sentencing to teens in the community.
Law Offices of Claribel Palacios
Claribel Palacios Madueña, Esq. earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She began practicing immigration law shortly after she graduated from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2009. Ms. Madueña has gained extensive experience in a wide range of immigration cases and has successfully guided many individuals through the very complicated and stressful immigration process. Attorney Madueña is admitted to practice before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Madueña has successfully obtained Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal and Prosecutorial Discretion for her clients against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before the Immigration Court. She has also obtained Adjustment of Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, NACARA and Waivers before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Notably, in March 2011 she presented a complex criminal and immigration oral argument to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received a published decision in that case (Gil v. Holder, 651 F.3d 1000 (9th Cir. 2011)).
Throughout her legal career, Ms. Madueña has been fearless in her pursuit to achieve just results for her clients. Ms. Madueña did not always know that she would practice immigration law, but she always knew that she wanted to be an attorney. From a very young age, she possessed a strong sense of justice and the desire to help others. Additionally, as the daughter of parents that immigrated to the U.S. from Central America, Attorney Madueña can relate to the Latino immigrant community. Helping families remain together and giving them hope for the future is not only rewarding, but fuels her drive to be an effective advocate.
Ms. Madueña also participates in the San Francisco Bar Association's Attorney of the Day Program where she provides pro bono representation to individuals before the San Francisco Immigration Court. She generously donates her time to immigration legal clinics held by various non-profit organizations all over the Bay Area.
The Law Office of Rodolfo Marquez
Rodolfo began his legal career as an associate attorney with a small immigration firm followed by a non-profit immigration firm where he oversaw immigration matters including: asylum, deportation defense before immigration court, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, family petitions, and U visa cases. He represents clients throughout the United States and internationally.
Rodolfo is the son of immigrants and an advocate for immigrant rights. During his time in law school he participated in the Southwestern Law School Immigration Clinic helping underrepresented immigrants. He also was a Summer Law Clerk at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles handling refugee/asylee immigration matters to keep families together.
Rodolfo Marquez is a member of the State Bar of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a native Spanish speaker. He graduated from the University of Southern California and Southwestern Law School.
Technical Assistance provided by:
Jacqueline Brown Scott
Supervising Attorney the University of San Francisco School of Law Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic
Jacqueline Brown Scott is an immigration attorney with experience solving a wide array of immigration issues pertaining to asylum, deportation defense, and family-based immigration.
Jacqueline began her career in immigration law at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney advisor through the Department of Justice Honors Program. There, she wrote hundreds of orders and written decisions for the Immigration Judges. When working at her firm, Law Office of Jacqueline Brown Scott, she dedicated a significant part of her private practice to providing pro bono legal representation to individuals who are especially in need of legal services and unable to afford them. She has worked with the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project, the National Center for Immigrant and Refugee Children, CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children, and the Community of East Palo Alto Legal Services. She received San Francisco Bar Association’s 2010 Barrister of the Year Award, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2011 Pro Bono Benefactor and 2010 and 2014 Pro Bono Champion Awards, and the California Bar Association’s Wiley W. Manual Award. She is also one of nine recipients of the California Bar Association’s 2011 President Services Awards for her pro bono work with immigrant children.
Technical Criminal Law Assistance:
Galvan & Cornelius LLP
Adrian Galvan is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Santa Maria, CA.