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Maria Minis was born and raised in Dare County, North Carolina. Homeschooled from the sixth grade on, Maria had the opportunity to volunteer with an English as a Second Language program offered through College of the Albemarle. This opportunity allowed her to meet the local immigrant community in Dare County, and spurred her interest in Immigration Law and immigrants’ rights.
She graduated from College of the Albemarle in 2009 with her Associates Degree, and then went on to study and ultimately graduate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her Bachelor’s in English Literature. Fueled by her desire to learn more about Immigration Law and how to promote immigrants’ rights, she enrolled in Charlotte School of Law in 2011.
Maria spent her entire third year of law school working in the school’s immigration clinic, representing indigent immigrant clients in removal proceedings before the Charlotte Immigration Court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She then graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2014.
In 2016, she worked at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, located in Charlotte, NC, representing children in removal proceedings before the Charlotte Immigration Court as an Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney-Fellow. Maria’s practice areas in immigration law include Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U Visas, Family-based petitions, and some removal defense.
North Carolina State Bar: Licensed since 2015
North Carolina Bar Association: Member since 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association: Member since 2017