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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 co-founded L&L Immigration Law, PLLC in 2012 after realizing her desire to help immigrants in her local community. Initially from South Florida, Lauren has resided in Virginia for approximately 20 years. She is a graduate of the William & Mary School of Law and the University of Virginia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems and Information Engineering. During her time in law school, Lauren worked for the Headquarters Immigration Court in Falls Church, Virginia and the 4th District Court of Appeals in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Lauren speaks Spanish and has successfully represented immigrants and their families before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Arlington Immigration Court, and approximately 25 local Virginia Juvenile & Domestic Relations courts. Lauren specializes in removal defense (including asylum), affirmative asylum applications, family-based petitions, naturalization, and cases involving women and children.
Each year, Lauren advocates with attorney groups for immigrant rights on Capitol Hill and meets with Congressional representatives and staff about issues important to her clients. She has spoken on numerous panels throughout Virginia regarding immigration law and its impacts on the community. Lauren is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Virginia State Bar Association. She has also volunteered through the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Catholic Charities of DC, and Ayuda.
Lauren currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, Kevin.