Featured Lawtina: Clarissa Kalil
Clarissa Moraes Kalil is an immigration attorney focusing on helping immigrants navigate the permanent residency and naturalization process. She is passionate about using her law degree to improve the lives of immigrants and her background uniquely prepared her to this mission. As being Brazilian-American, she is familiar with the process and challenges facing new immigrant families in the United States. Clarissa is a dually licensed attorney in Brazil and in the United States. She was born in the U.S., but was raised in Brazil where she became an attorney at the age of 21. After immigrating herself to the U.S. she went to law school again while she was pregnant of her second baby. Clarissa received her master’s degree in law from Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) located in Boston, where she worked as Teaching Assistant and did her co-op with a solo practitioner specializing in immigration law. She passed the Missouri Bar Exam while she was raising two small children. At that time, her baby girl had 2 years old and her baby boy had 1 year old. Nowadays at the age of 28, she opened her own law practice limited to the U.S. immigration law and the most rewarding part of her job is helping families stay together. Previously in Brazil, she graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC-GO) and she was a managing attorney partner in a full-service law firm, handling civil, labor, and family law matters. Clarissa stays actively involved in the community as a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Boston Bar Association, ASSISTA and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA). She also volunteers her time to a range of community organizations.