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Ashley Ward, a recent law school graduate, is a law clerk in the Firm’s family law department. During her time in school, Ashley served as a congressional intern to U.S. Congressman Tom Rice of the Seventh District of South Carolina.  She also served as a guardian ad litem volunteer for Mecklenburg County, and mentored students in the Faith, Hope, and Love Program.

Ashley will be sitting for the Maryland Bar in February 2018.

Francis Marion University, B.S., 2013
Charlotte School of Law, J.D., 2016

Graciela I. Mateo

Immigration Law Clerk

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As the daughter of immigrant parents, Graciela understands the difficulty of navigating the immigration system. She’s passionate about helping others solidify their citizenship in the United States. During law school, Graciela served as a student attorney representing clients in the Charlotte Immigration Court. Her cases primarily focused on asylum, deferred action and family-based petitions. In addition to working as a student attorney, Graciela served as committee chair for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program and volunteered with the Latin American Coalition. As a LAC volunteer, she aided citizenship applicants. She also took pride in serving as president of the Immigration Law Society and as a pro bono student ambassador.

After graduating, to further immerse herself in immigration law, Graciela spent two years clerking for a well -respected immigration firm in Charlotte, NC. She has recently relocated to the area and will be sitting for the Maryland Bar in February 2018.

Charlotte School of Law, J.D., 2015
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.A., 2011

Ashley Ward
Family Law Clerk