Jennifer Grace Smyrnos

Jennifer Dean
Jennifer Dean
Immigration Attorney

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Family Background

Jennifer was born near San Francisco, where her mother’s family settled after emigrating from El Salvador in the 1960s. Her father’s family emigrated from Greece, passing through Ellis Island in New York en route to California.

Her father served the city of Sacramento as a lifetime Assistant District Attorney in the Major Narcotics division and her brother currently serves as a Sergeant with the Redding Police Department. Her family’s background in the justice field as well as her diverse, multicultural heritage inspired Jennifer to pursue a profession where she could represent individuals and families as they seek to establish their lives in the United States.

Jennifer is based in Roanoke, Virginia where she lives with her daughter Elena.

Undergraduate Education

Before moving to Virginia, Jennifer graduated from the University of California-Davis. While there, she was co-captain of the UC-Davis Mock Trial Team and served as the Professional Chair of Phi Alpha Delta, a coeducational pre-law fraternity. She worked as a research assistant on gender communication strategies in diverse communities and graduated with honors with degrees in Sociology with a Law Emphasis and Communication.

After graduation, Jennifer stayed at UC Davis to work in the Vice Provost’s Office for Global Affairs where she assisted in the development of the university’s international relations and welcomed delegations from other countries who sought to engage in research and student exchange programs.

Graduate Education

Jennifer attended Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, where she developed her interest for immigration law. While there, she served as Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association, volunteered as a student attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic, and helped lead the Moot Court program as Vice Chair.

After graduation, Jennifer served as the Interim Director of the W&L Law Immigrant Rights Clinic for five months, overseeing a period of the clinic’s transition before welcoming its current director, Professor David Baluarte.

Memberships & Associations

Recent Presentations


  • Discussions on the Future of DACA, Panel Presentation, Roanoke College Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement and International Club
  • Minority Mental Health Breakfast, Panel Presentation, Mental Health America of the Roanoke Valley
  • T Visas, U Visas, and the Violence Against Women Act, Volunteer Training Session, Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA)
  • Overview of the United States Immigration System, Case Manager Session, Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP)
  • Legal Information Session for Immigrants, Roundtable Discussion, New River Valley Indivisible
  • Conozca Sus Derechos Sobre Inmigración, Roundtable Discussion, Casa Latina
  • Overview of the United States Immigration System, Volunteer and Client Presentation, HumanKind


  • Social Justice Issues in Immigration Law, Student Program Presentation, Washington & Lee University
  • Overview of the United States Immigration System, Annual Bonner Congress, Washington & Lee University
  • Navigating the U.S. Immigration System and the Great Immigration Debate, Graduate Course Presentation, Virginia Tech
  • GPS Your Purpose, Summit on Social Impact Careers, Washington & Lee University
  • T Visas, U Visas, and the Violence Against Women Act, Volunteer Training, Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA)

Recent Articles

  • 2016 Access to Legal Justice 2.0, Virginia Lawyer Magazine
  • 2015 On the Horizon: Bridging the Justice Gap with Web-Based Solutions, Virginia Lawyer Magazine