- J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Law 2009
- B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
Maria C. Chavez received her J.D. Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Law in 2009 and her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. While in law school, Maria was the vice president of membership of the Immigration Law and Policy Association and interned with the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing Regulation as a student attorney in the Consumer Protection Clinic.
In addition to her work with Jacobs & Schlesinger, Maria is also an attorney with UURISE, Inc., a non-profit organization providing immigration legal services. She also volunteered with the Immigration Justice Project providing guidance for detainees in removal proceedings through orientations and individual case assistance and has taken on a few cases for pro bono representation. Maria is the Immigration Justice Project’s 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year due to her efforts with the organization.
Maria primarily handles family based cases, petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), petitions for U nonimmigrant status under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, requests for prosecutorial discretion, and asylum cases for foreign nationals from around the world.
Maria is admitted to the State Bar of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and is licensed to practice law before the Court of Appeals in Maryland, the Department of Homeland Security, and Immigration Courts nationwide. She is fluent in Spanish.More info