Helene Colin earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, summa cum laude, from the University of California San Diego, in 2004. She graduated magna cum laude from California Western School of Law with her J.D. in 2008, where she served as a Senior Editor with the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal. During law school, she served as Judicial Extern to Hon. Magistrate Judge (now District Judge) Anthony J. Battaglia for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Helene has volunteered offering free immigration clinics throughout San Diego County and has participated in free immigration phone banks offered by Univision, a local Spanish-speaking television channel. She has also participated in volunteering events organized by the San Diego County Bar Association and has appeared on Univision to discuss immigration issues.
Born in the Ivory Coast, and raised in France and Mexico, Helene is fully triligual in English, French, and Spanish. As an immigrant to the United States herself, she has a unique perspective on the immigration process.
Helene is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of California and Immigration Courts nationwide. Helene strives to provide quality compassionate, competitive legal services in all areas of immigration law. Helene's practice focuses on family-based petitions, waivers, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), petitions for U nonimmigrant status under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, citizenship and naturalization, and removal defense.
Languages spoken: Spanish, French, English
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Helene is an excellent attorney and advocate for her clients. She is well-versed in immigration law, and knows how to navigate the complexities of the system for her clients. She also speaks Spanish fluently. Any client would be in excellent hands with Helene.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|San Diego's Young Attorneys for 2009||San Diego Daily Transcript||2009|
|Academic Achievement Award - Public Interest Law||California Western School of Law||2008|
|Academic Achievement Award - Human Rights Law||California Western School of Law||2008|
|Academic Excellence Award for outstanding academic performance||California Western School of Law||2008|
|Academic Achievement Award - Legal Research and Writing||California Western School of Law||2007|
|S. Houston Lay Award - Best Intl Journal Law Review Article||California Western School of Law||2007|
|Academic Achievement Award - Immigration Law||California Western School of Law||2007|
|Academic Achievement Award - International Law||California Western School of Law||2007|
|Academic Achievement Award - Evidence||California Western School of Law||2007|
|Academic Achievement Award - Property I||California Western School of Law||2006|
|Academic Achievement Award - Contracts II||California Western School of Law||2006|
|Academic Achievement Award - Civil Procedure II||California Western School of Law||2006|
|Academic Achievement Award - Community Property||California Western School of Law||N/A|
|Academic Achievement Award - Law and Literature||California Western School of Law||N/A|
|Owner / Attorney||Colin Immigration Law||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Lilia Velasquez||2008 - 2015|
|Judicial Extern to Hon. Magistrate Judge Anthony J. Battaglia||United States District Court, Southern District of California||2006 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (California chapter)||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society||Member||N/A|
|California Western School of Law International Law Journal||No Hablo Inglés: Waivers to the English Language Requirement for Naturalization||2007|
|California Western School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of California - San Diego||Political Science and International Relations (Summa Cum Laude)||Other - Bachelors||2004|
|Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)||Immigration - Humanitarian Paroles||2011|
|Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)||Immigration - Unlawful Presence and Minors||2011|
|Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)||Immigration - Using experts for I-601 waivers, Cancellation of Removal and U visas||2010|
|Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)||Immigration - Widowers||2009|
|Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)||Immigration - I-601 waivers||2009|