Maria E. Andrade
PHONE: (208) 342-5100 x 102
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Federal Immigration Litigation, Deportation (Removal) Defense, Bond Hearings, Immigration Consequences Of Crimes, Employer Sanctions, Employment Visas, Complex Family Matters, Motions To Reopen, Board of Immigration Appeals.
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1995
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, B.A., 1990
Admitted to practice law in Idaho, Oregon and California.
Admitted to practie before the federal Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 9th and 10th Circuits.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Defender Service of Idaho.
Steering Committee of Federal Litigation Section of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and on mentor sub-committee.
Advisory committee member of American Immigration Law Foundation’s Legal Action Center to advise the LAC about its ongoing litigation.
Member of Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project of National Lawyers Guild, a respected national advocate for non-citizens in removal proceedings, detention and a frequent plaintiff in important immigration litigation across the country.
Idaho AILA Chapter, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Liaison
Idaho Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
Formerly served as on American Immigration Lawyers Association nationall iaison committee to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the enforcement arm of DHS and the association’s national amicus committee.
Ms. Andrade was first employed as an attorney by the Legal Aid Services of Oregon in Pendleton, Oregon to represent farm workers in employment and immigration law claims followed by three years as staff attorney with Public Advocates, Inc. representing national non-profits such as National Council of La Raza, Consumers Union and World Institute on Disability in cases of state-wide impact. In 2001, Ms. Andrade became the Managing Attorney for the Oregon Law Center in Ontario, Oregon overseeing the office and handling a variety of poverty law and immigration matters.
Ms. Andrade opened the Andrade Law Office, Inc. in August of 2001. The firm handles predominantly immigration and criminal cases, and maintains a small docket of affirmative civil law suits, wage claims for monolingual Spanish speakers and fair housing cases for individuals with disabilities.
Ms. Andrade consults with the University of Idaho College of Law Immigration Law Clinic where she has previously served as an adjunct professor and served as the first consulting attorney in Idaho to the Mexican Consulate in Boise, Idaho in immigration, civil and labor matters.
As a member of committees and the board of directors of national immigration associations, Ms. Andrade is aware of cutting edge immigration law and policy trends on a national scale. She is a frequent speaker for immigration, criminal defense law and business audiences across the country.
Ms. Andrade volunteers her time to develop and mentor attorneys to handle immigration matters on a pro bono basis and creating a comprehensive community response to immigration raids in Idaho.
When not working, Ms. Andrade is often riding around town on her bike, walking her dog, tending to young seedlings in the greenhouse, packing for adventures south of the border and making lists of things to do on Monday.