Jennifer Grace Dean

Jennifer Dean
Jennifer Dean
Immigration Attorney

Family Background

Jennifer was born near San Francisco, where her mother’s family settled after emigrating from Santa Ana, El Salvador in the 1960s. Her father’s family emigrated from Tripoli, Greece, passing through Ellis Island in New York en route to California. Her family’s diverse, multicultural heritage inspired her to pursue a profession where she could help others live and work in the United States.

Jennifer is based in Roanoke, Virginia where she lives with her husband Rob and their daughter Elena. They enjoy hiking, attending local sport events, and traveling as a family.

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.

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.

Memberships & Associations

Recent Presentations

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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)

2015

  • Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, Lara D. Gass Women in the Law Symposium, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono Webinar, VSB National Pro Bono Celebration Kickoff
  • Immigration Law Overview, Virginia Institute for Lifelong Learning, Radford University
  • Law Enforcement and the Immigrant Community, Family Violence Coordination Council Conference (FVCC), Roanoke Police Academy
  • 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
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