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About Eileen Sterlock

I knew very early on in my legal career that I wanted to practice immigration law. I was drawn to immigration law both because it is complex and challenging, but more importantly because being an immigration attorney allows me to learn from and help people from all around the world to protect their rights, unite their families, and pursue their dreams.

I grew up in Maryland. I attended college in Arizona and worked there for several years before deciding to move to Portland, Oregon to attend law school. I have made Portland my home. However, after law school, I moved back to Arizona to work at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to thousands of men and women who are held in immigration detention centers while facing Removal Proceedings without an attorney. One of the greatest injustices in our legal system is that unlike in criminal court, where the government will provide an attorney to anyone who cannot afford one, there are no free immigration lawyers in Immigration Court. I worked with individuals at the Eloy Detention Center every day to guide them through the difficult process of representing themselves in Immigration Court.

I use the same client-centered approach in my practice today in Oregon to help empower my clients to understand immigration law and to make informed decisions about their case. I work one on one with clients, providing personal attention throughout the case.

I learned to speak Spanish in Mexico and Panama. I love to travel, whether to visit friends and family, or to explore new places. I also enjoy hiking, yoga, photography and cooking.

Experience

I feel very fortunate to have had a broad range of professional experiences that have allowed me to understand immigration law from a variety of perspectives. This allows me to be a more effective advocate and to provide more complete immigration services for my clients.

Associate Attorney, Olympia, WA
2012–2013

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Florence, AZ
Eloy Staff Attorney, 2011–2012

Immigration Counseling Service, Portland, OR
Contract Attorney, Volunteer, 2010–2011

Immigration Court, Portland, OR
Judicial Extern for Immigration Judge Michael Bennett, 2008

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Oregon Chapter
Summer Fellow – Criminal Law Practice Advisories Project, 2008

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Eileen Sterlock, Attorney

Education

J.D., cum laude, 2009
Lewis and Clark Law School
Portland, OR

B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Philosophy and Creative Nonfiction Writing

Professional Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon Chapter
Oregon State Bar
Oregon Women Lawyers Association

Leadership

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Oregon Chapter
Chair Elect, 2017–present
Secretary, 2016–2017
Treasurer, 2015–2016
CLE Chair, 2014–2015

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