Laura Polstein

Managing Attorney

As an Immigration Managing Attorney at Centro Legal, Laura leads a dynamic team of attorneys and advocates defending individuals and families against deportation.  In addition, Laura provides support and mentorship on appellate work to all immigration program attorneys. Since joining Centro Legal as a staff attorney, Laura has provided direct representation before the immigration agencies and federal courts in a wide variety of immigration matters, and provides English and Spanish language interviews on immigrants’ rights. Recently, Laura represented Centro Legal in a statewide coalition that successfully secured government investment in advancing the goal of universal representation for immigrants facing deportation.  

Laura has been working in the field of immigration law since 2004. As a paralegal at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Laura assisted individuals detained by Immigration at a private prison in Eloy, Arizona. As a staff attorney at the Central American Resource Center of Northern California (CARECEN-SF), Laura helped lead the successful campaign to pass the Due Process for All Ordinance in 2013, which sharply limits local enforcement entanglement with Immigration.

Laura received a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. A native New Yorker, Laura is admitted to practice law in the New York Court of Appeals, Second Department and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Laura is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

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