Ana Lisa PeñaPartner
Ana Lisa Peña has practiced law since 2006, and has been an advocate for immigrants in the United States for much longer. During law school, Ms. Peña began working as a student attorney and volunteer with the Advocates for Human Rights and with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, non-profit offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, that serve refugee and immigrant communities. She then continued working as an advocate for immigrant crime victims and vulnerable youth as an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow through the University of Minnesota and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota in 2005.
After finishing law school, Ms. Peña worked as a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, the legal aid organization serving southern Minnesota. She traveled throughout rural southern Minnesota providing immigration and family law legal services to low-income persons of many backgrounds, including those from Central America, Mexico, Chile, Laos and Thailand, Russia, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Between 2007 and 2013, Ms. Peña returned to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota as a staff attorney where she provided immigration legal services throughout the State of Minnesota to low-income persons. She handled a wide variety of immigration cases, including family-based consular cases, deportation defense cases, and assistance to victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking and vulnerable child immigrants. Ms. Peña’s work focuses on providing high quality, effective legal representation to immigrants before U.S.C.I.S., the Immigration Court and the BIA.
During her time with ILCM, Ms. Peña served on the Minnesota State Bar’s Subcommittee on the provision of legal services to the indigent while she was a member of the Association’s Immigration Law Section. She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2007, and has served as a panelist and speaker on topics in immigration at Minnesota State Bar, AILA and National Hispanic Bar Association events. Ms. Peña has lectured on immigration law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ms. Peña graduated from Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas, and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin with Honors, where she studied English literature, creative writing and French. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2005.
Ms. Peña is a native of San Antonio, Texas.