Raissa Morris is an immigrant from Cartagena, Colombia. She received her Juris Doctor with distinction and a certificate in International Legal Studies from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2012. She received her Bachelor in Business Administration, Cum Laude, with a concentration in Accounting from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2008.
Ms. Morris practiced general immigration law and removal defense with the Sacramento firm Considine, Sorensen & Trujillo from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining the firm as an attorney, Ms. Morris was a paralegal from 2011 to 2012. While in law school, Ms. Morris was a student-attorney at the Pacific-McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, where she won the Clinic’s first defensive asylum case at the San Francisco Immigration Court. After her first year of law school, she was one of the few applicants selected to be a Sacramento County Bar Association Diversity Fellow, and through the program was placed to work with Liberty Mutual Insurance’s in-house counsel. She also worked as a student-attorney with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office, as a research assistant for Professor Raquel Aldana, and as a law clerk with a national non-profit, Kids in Need of Defense, in Washington D.C..
Ms. Morris focuses in helping with family-based immigration petitions and waivers of inadmissibility; U visas, T visas and relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applications; and appellate work with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has successfully represented clients in removal proceedings as applicants for asylum, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal.
Ms. Morris enjoys working with the immigrant community and often volunteers at outreach events and presentations with non-profits and local organizations, such as, the Pacific-McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, the Mexican Consulate, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, U.C. Davis, the Guatemalan Consulate and Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE). She is a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and licensed with the California State Bar and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a native of Colombia, she is fluent in Spanish.