Maria “Mia” F. Vejarano is a law clerk in the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, where she provides support on immigration matters for businesses, including employment visas and I-9 compliance, and provides counsel for individuals and families on immigration issues. She also works on deportation defense issues for undocumented individuals.
Mia has experience conducting legal research and working with asylum seekers, as well as providing pro se assistance to detainees. She has worked on employment and family-based immigration matters, including PERM labor certification, requests for evidence, COVID-19 requirements for students, national interest exceptions, and adoption. While working as a summer law clerk for Norris McLaughlin, P.A. she focused on various immigration matters, including asylum and removal defense, immigrant options for victims of domestic violence, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and naturalization.
Mia received her J.D. from Penn State Law at Pennsylvania State University, where she was awarded a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Immigration. While attending law school, Mia interned with the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and spent two semesters as a legal intern with the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (CIRC). She also served as a research assistant to the founder and director of CIRC, where she gained significant experience in the field to strengthen her advocacy skills for immigrants.
Prior to studying law, Mia obtained a degree in business management from Sacred Heart University, where she received the silver medal of excellence for her graduating class.