Amalia is a supervisor in Berkeley Law’s Ninth Circuit Practicum, in which J.D. students represent indigent clients in immigration and civil rights cases before the largest federal appellate circuit in the nation.
Amalia is a partner at Lakin & Wille LLP, where she practices immigration law, with a focus on complex motions to reopen, appeals, immigration law and crimes, immigration detention, and representing noncitizens before the federal courts. She is co-class counsel in Aleman-Gonzalez v. Sessions, a class action case that mandates prolonged detention bond hearings for individuals detained pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(6) in the Ninth Circuit, and in Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings, a class action that has successfully challenged immigration detention conditions in Northern California during the COVID-19 pandemic. She currently serves on the Amicus Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Prior to forming Lakin & Wille LLP, Amalia was an associate attorney at Van Der Hout LLP for six years.
A.B., Georgetown University (2006)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (2013)