Janell Avila

Personal Life


Ms. Avila is first generation Bolivian–American and was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Ms. Avila is bilingual in Spanish due to her own family’s migration to the United States from Bolivia for a better future and for better opportunities. Ms. Avila is a proud U.S. citizen who understands and empathizes with immigrants to the United States and their desire to enjoy these same opportunities. Ms. Avila maintains her cultural heritage in both her personal and professional life by staying active in the Latino community and volunteering her time to causes she believes in.


Education



  • Bachelors degree: The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1999 — emphasis political science

  • Escuela de Derecho de Depaul, Chicago, IL 2002


Professional License



  • Corte Suprema de Illinois

  • Corte Suprema de Kansas


Professional Practice


Ms. Avila limits her practice to the area of immigration law. Since participating in DePaul College of Law’s Immigration and Asylum Law Clinic during her third year of law school, Ms. Avila became interested in providing services to low income immigrant clients. Ms. Avila was a Public Interest Law Intern (PILI) for three years during law school. Through her PILI internship, Ms. Avila had the opportunity to work with low income and underrepresented clients at Legal Aid of Metropolitan Chicago (LAFMAC) in the areas of housing defense, public benefits, family law, and immigration. Following law school, Ms. Avila was an associate for a boutique immigration law firm; Law Office of Rosalba Piña, in Chicago for two years. Later, Ms. Avila handled immigration cases for Watson & Dameron LLP in Kansas City, MO upon her return to Kansas City. Ms. Avila has been a partner with Solorio & Avila Immigration Law firm since 2006. Ms. Avila’s focus is primarily in representing families for immigration benefits and removal defense (Immigration Court).


Professional Associations



  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association – Kansas City & Chicago chapters – member

  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – member

  • The Chicago Bar Association – member of immigration section

  • The Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court – past board member

  • The Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City – 2017 President, various past board positions

  • The Hispanic National Bar Association- board member; HBAGKC Annual Convention 2017 KC Chair

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri – board member

  • Mexican Consulate, Kansas City, Legal Advisor on immigration matters


Community Affiliations / Volunteer Work



  • The Hispanic Development Fund & Scholarship Fund – board member

  • MANA de Kansas City, a national Latina organization – past board member

  • Cristo Rey High School – board member, Corporate Work Study board member, student mentor

  • The Latina Giving Circle of Kansas City – steering committee

  • Avanzando, UMKC – student mentor

  • Sigma Lambda Gamma, a national Latina sorority, KU Chapter – founder/alumna

  • Young Latino Professionals – member

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – member


Publications and Radio


Ms. Avila has authored a monthly immigration column for a Spanish language magazine, Ñ Magazine since 2005. Ms. Avila’s column has also appeared in other regional publications, such as La Estrella, a Spanish language publication in western Kansas. Ms. Avila previously presented a weekly radio call in show on Spanish language radio for two years in Kansas City.


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