Laura Jacobson is originally from rural Iowa. She graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with a double major in English and writing/rhetoric and a minor in Spanish. While a student at Northwestern, Laura studied abroad in Ecuador. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for immigration law, which took her to William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
At William & Mary, Laura founded the student organization "De Vecino a Vecino," dedicated to serving the local Hispanic community through legal presentations and other volunteer opportunities. Laura interned at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance of Omaha, Nebraska, where she worked on a range of immigration applications, with a particular focus on VAWA and U visa applications benefiting victims of domestic violence. She also externed with the immigration group at Vandeventer Black LLP in Norfolk, Virginia, where she gained exposure to employment-based immigration law and student visas. Upon graduation, Laura was awarded William & Mary Law School's Thurgood Marshall Award for distinguished public service.
Laura worked as a staff attorney at Catholic Charities' St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance in Houston, Texas.
While at Catholic Charities, she helped refugees, asylees, and Cuban parolees become lawful permanent residents and prepare family petitions for their family members overseas. Much of Laura's work at Catholic Charities involved assisting Cuban nationals and their spouses and children obtain benefits under the Cuban Adjustment Act. In this work, she helped navigate clients through the complexities of obtaining and extending their parole, filing their lawful permanent resident applications, and terminating their cases before the Immigration Court. She also worked on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applications, helping children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by one or both of their parents obtain lawful permanent resident status.
In her work at Catholic Charities, Laura provided presentations in Spanish for family members of unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, under the EOIR-sponsored Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC). Laura also represented clients in interviews with USCIS and before the Houston Immigration Court.
Laura co-founded L&L Immigration Law, PLLC in 2012. She is fluent in Spanish.
Lauren Vogt grew up in South Florida. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems and Information Engineering and worked as a successful business consultant for the U.S. Department of State. She turned to the law to pursue her interest in international studies and culture and enrolled at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
As a law student, Lauren served on the executive board of the "De Vecino a Vecino" student organization, helping to initiate a program connecting student volunteers with detained immigrants needing assistance at a nearby detention center. She assisted local residents with employment-related issues as an intern at the El Sol immigrant resource center in Jupiter, Florida. She also held internships with Fayad & Associates in Richmond, Virginia, the 4th District Court of Appeals in southern Florida, and the Headquarters Immigration Court (HQIC) in Falls Church, Virginia. At the HQIC she assisted in writing opinions for Immigration Judges in asylum and cancellation of removal cases.
In 2011, Lauren returned to the DC area to work as a consultant to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. As her heart remained in immigration law, in 2012 she spearheaded the start-up of L&L Immigration Law, PLLC while volunteering her expertise at numerous citizenship and deferred action clinics. She spent several months as a volunteer attorney helping children and victims of domestic violence through both Catholic Charities in DC and Ayuda in Falls Church, Virginia.
Lauren has handled immigration cases to include special immigrant juveniles (SIJ), deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), fiancé and family petitions, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) renewal, employment-based cases, and representation in Immigration Court. She advocates with attorney groups for immigrant rights on Capitol Hill, and has met with Congressional representatives and staff about issues important to immigrant clients.
In November 2013, Lauren was asked to speak at the William & Mary Law School's immigration reform symposium entitled, "The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown: Effects of Immigration Reform." She participated in a panel alongside William & Mary Law Professor Angela Banks and prominent immigration attorney Jim Tom Haynes.
Lauren is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Pro Bono Committee. She speaks Spanish and has traveled to 30 different countries.