Megan was born and raised in Iowa, specifically the Cedar Rapids area. In 2002, she graduated from The University of Northern Iowa Summa Cum Laude with a major in Organizational Communication and a minor in Spanish. Megan graduated from Drake University Law School in December of 2005 and was licensed by the State of Iowa to practice law in April of 2006. Since then, she has practiced in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law.
During law school, she clerked at a small law firm handling immigration, family, juvenile and criminal law, was involved in Delta Theta Phi and participated in a judicial internship. Having previously worked at the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence-MUNA Legal Clinic for 3 years, Megan’s focus is on assisting victims of domestic violence in immigration and family law matters, including VAWA and U Visa Applications.
Megan has been honored to speak at several events, including “Gimme Shelter” a Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyer’s Project and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, where she co-presented “Immigration Issues for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims”.
Megan was also selected to speak at the 2009 Breaking Barriers Conference, sponsored by the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition and the University of Nebraska, presenting on immigration issues for domestic violence/sexual assault victims. Megan routinely provided training on domestic violence in immigrant communities and the U-Visa for law enforcement officers at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
She has also donated her time to provide legal assistance to Spanish-speaking Iowans at The HOLA Clinic and to present on immigration remedies for domestic violence victims at Children and Families of Iowa. Most recently, Megan presented for juvenile court officers around the State of Iowa on legal and social issues facing juvenile immigrants.
For several years, Megan mentored students at the University Of Iowa College Of Law on VAWA and U Visa Applications as part of their clinical program. Megan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hardin County Bar Association and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, singing, traveling and reading.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2015 Great Plains Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2015|
|2014 Avvo Client's Choice Award in Immigration Law||Avvo.com||2014|
|Nominated for AILA Mentor Program||American Immigration Lawyer's Association||2014|
|"10 Best" Attorney in Iowa for Client Satisfaction in Family Law||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|"10 Best" Attorney in Client Satisfication in Iowa, Criminal Law||American Institute of Criminal Lawyers||2014|
|Associate||Barten Law Office, P.C.||2012 - Present|
|Senior Associate||The Bernard Firm P.L.C.||2010 - 2012|
|Bilingual Staff Attorney||MUNA Legal Clinic of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence||2007 - 2010|
|Attorney Supervisor||University of Iowa College of Law-Citizen Lawyer Program||2007 - 2010|
|Associate||Law Offices of Ta-Yu Yang||2006 - 2007|
|Law Library Assistant||Drake University Law School||2004 - 2005|
|Judicial Intern||Polk County Court||2004 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of Ta-Yu Yang||2004 - 2006|
|Participant in First-Year Trial Practicum||Drake University Law School||2003 - 2003|
|Bilingual Loan Counselor||GMAC Mortgage||2002 - 2003|
|Intern||KUNI Public Rado||2001 - 2001|
|Bilingual Customer Service||Alliance Claims Solutions||2000 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||AILA Mentor-VAWA, T & U Visas||2014 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Hardin County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Iowa/Nebraska Chapter Secretary||2015 - 2016|
|AILA Iowa/Nebraska Chapter||Secretary||2014 - 2015|
|Complex U Visa case involving waiver for multiple inadmissibilities||Granted|
|I-360 VAWA Petition involving psychological abuse/common-law marriage in Iowa||Granted|
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|Drake University Law School||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Northern Iowa||Organizational Communication||Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Iowa/Nebraska Fall Aila Conference||Advanced Issues in Consular Processing||2014|
|New Juvenile Court Officer School||Immigration and Impact on Juveniles||2013|
|Latino Support Group||Immigration Remedies for Domestic Violence Victims||2012|
|Juvenile Court Office Training||Legal and Social Issues Facing Juvenile Immigrants||2012|
|Officer Training||The U Visa||2010|
|Officer Training||The U Visa||2009|
|Breaking Barriers Conference||Immigration Issues for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victims||2009|
|Officer Training||The U Visa||2008|
|Gimme Shelter||Immigration Issues for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims||2008|
|Officer Training||The U Visa||2007|