Paulina Vera, Esq. is originally from Tucson, Arizona and is the daughter of immigrants from Peru and England. After spending the summer of 2010 interning for Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and defending his opposition to Arizona's SB-1070 "show me your papers" law, Paulina decided she wanted to become an immigration attorney. She currently supervises GW Law Immigration Clinic students and provides legal representation to asylum seekers and respondents facing deportation in Immigration Court. She previously served as the only Immigration Staff Attorney at the Maryland-based non-profit, CASA. Paulina is admitted to practice law in Maryland and before federal immigration tribunals.
Paulina is a 2015 graduate of The George Washington University Law School. During law school, she was a student-attorney at the Immigration Clinic and interned for the Arlington Immigration Court, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and the American Immigration Council. She served on the executive board for GW's LLSA all three years and was President of the Immigration Law Association (ILA) during her 3L year. She also planned an immigration-themed alternative spring break to her hometown of Tucson.
Paulina is involved in a number of professional organizations. She is co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC), an appointed member of a D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force, and a deputy of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Region V Young Lawyers Division. She is also a board member of both the HBA-DC Foundation and LEAD.Latinoamerica. Her passion project is an Instagram account called @hermanasinthelaw, where she features Latinas thinking about law school, Latina law students, and Latina lawyers.