Maryland Judiciary - Access to Justice Department - Special Counsel for Technology Initiatives
January 2019 - Present
Plan, build, test, and manage document assembly interviews and other legal resources for self-represented litigants. Document, respond to, and resolve litigant complains regarding their court experiences. Research and write complex fiscal notes in response to proposed legislation from the Maryland General Assembly. Brainstorm and develop innovative solutions for self-represented litigants.
Innovative Discovery - Document Review Attorney
June 2018 - December 2018
Analyze complex and confidential communication in Relativity for responsiveness to client requests. Determine attorney/client privilege and common interest on confidential communication.
Special Counsel - Document Review Attorney
March 2018 - December 2018
Analyze complex and confidential communication in Relativity for responsiveness to client requests. Determine attorney/client privilege and common interest on confidential communication. Redact sensitive and privileged matters.
ZegarrNo LLC - Founder/CEO
October 2017 - December 2018
Design and develop web applications for the legal community in-house as well as in conjunction with non-profits to better serve low-income households and Limited English Proficient clients. Provide general technological instruction, repair, and consultation to customers.
Catholic Charities: Esperanza Center - Volunteer Attorney
February 2016 - December 2018
Write and research briefs for immigration court and USCIS regarding asylum claims. Complete forms and ascertain eligibility for TPS renewal. Prepare case plan and brief for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status clients. Assess clients’ immigration eligibility options including asylum, T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, DACA, and SIJS. Verify clients’ eligibility to naturalize as a U.S. citizen and provide legal explanations to USCIS for uncommon issues. Participate in monthly immigration legal clinics for low-income multicultural clients.
USILaw Inc. - Associate Attorney
May 2016 – June 2017
Finalized Adjustment of Status petitions (Forms I-485, I-131, I-765) and supporting evidence for over 50 foreign nationals. Prepared and reviewed over 300 H-1B, L-1B, H-Extension, L-Extension petitions for multinational companies. Gathered evidence and additional requirements to respond to Requests for Evidence. Created petition templates and process documents for general and specific use. Researched issues regarding complex immigration issues such as F-1 OPT extensions. Troubleshooted hardware and software technological issues. Acted as a liaison between vendors, customers, and USILaw.
Law Offices of Jonelle Ocloo, LLC - Law Clerk
November 2015 – April 2016
Prepared and filed clients’ required evidence for immigration matters such as H-1B, PERM Labor Certification, J-1 Conrad 30 Waiver, L-1A, L-1B, R-1, TN Extension, asylum request, and a EB-2 National Interest Waiver. Gathered evidence and responded to requests for evidence. Researched issues regarding international adoption and issues effecting good moral character.
University of Baltimore Immigrant Rights Clinic - Rule 16 Student Attorney
August 2014 – May 2015
Represented clients in Master Calendar hearings. Interviewed clients and witnesses to ascertain asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile eligibility. Researched law and develop evidence for asylum hearing. Prepared multiple filings for court including Motion to Withdraw and Motion to Change Venue. Petitioned USCIS and CBP for various documents relating to clients. Viewed immigration court proceedings in preparation for an individual hearing. Viewed Family Court guardianship hearing in preparation for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status determination.
University of Baltimore School of Law - Research Assistant to Professor Kimberly Wehle
July 2014 – May 2015
Conducted research and wrote memos on the third-party doctrine, legislative intransigence, data collection, and constitutional protections. Compared, contrasted, and proofed documents of up to seventy-five pages in length.
Nakamura & Partners - Legal Intern
Drafted contract provisions including limitation of liabilities and indemnity clauses between major corporations. Gathered potential infringement evidence between a Japanese corporation and an American corporation. Summarized recent 2nd Amendment developments for a presentation to Japanese attorneys. Observed Japanese intellectual property court proceedings.
Maryland Court of Appeals - Judicial Intern for the Honorable Clayton Greene
August 2013 – December 2013
Conducted legal research on various issues in draft opinions and verified sources in the Petitioner and Respondent briefs before the Court of Special Appeals. Drafted bench memoranda on issues such as child custody, ballistics evidence, and warrantless GPS tracking. Observed oral arguments.
Conwell Law, LLC - Legal Intern
May 2013 – July 2013
Interviewed clients regarding asset allocations in divorce proceedings. Drafted motion memoranda and pleadings. Performed research on employment and patent issues. Observed client negotiations, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Curated and verified expert witness information. Proofed various legal documents for legal conclusions and readability. Completed and filed patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Corresponded with, collected, and analyzed information from 40+ class action members.
Awards and Recognition
2018 Maryland State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section Alex Fee Pro Bono Service Award
2015 University of Baltimore School of Law - Silver Level Pro Bono Service Award
2015 University of Virginia / International Committee of the Red Cross - International Humanitarian Workshop
University of Baltimore School of Law - Juris Doctor
University of Baltimore Journal of International Law, Emerging Issues Editor
Center for International and Comparative Law, Student Fellow
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, Competitor
Immigration Law Association, President
International Law Society, Treasurer
Latin American Law Students Association, Treasurer
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Vice Justice of Professionalism
International Law Society, 3L Representative
International Business Transactions, Tokyo, Japan
Comparative & International Law Program, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Penn State University - B.A. International Politics
Pro Bono experience at CASA de Maryland, Tahirih Justice Center, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Maryland Volunteer Legal Service, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, and FreeState Justice. Community volunteer experience at Habitat for Humanity, Operation Welcome Home, Whispering Rise Farm, Our Daily Bread, Polar Bear Plunge, and Jessup Correctional Institution (Storybook Project).
Maryland State Bar Association
Immigration Section Council Member
Young Lawyers Section Council, Public Service Co-Chair
Notary Public (Exp.: October 31, 2022).