Amber L. Weeks
Amber Weeks is a Partner at Noble & Vrapi, P.A. In addition to handling a broad range of immigration and naturalization cases and appeals, Ms. Weeks specializes in deportation defense and plea withdrawals for immigrant clients with criminal convictions. She has expertise in complex immigration matters, including cases requiring waivers or involving prior deportation or removal orders. One of her most notable cases was the first impression published case successfully challenging mandatory detention of immigrants in Melero Valdez v. Terry, 874 F. Supp. 2d 1262 (D.N.M. 2012), which she handled as co-counsel with Olsi Vrapi. At the immigration detention center, Ms. Weeks is referred to as “La Perrona” (the badass) as a result of her reputation for winning the unwinnable cases.
Ms. Weeks is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has presented at national and regional AILA conferences. At the 2014 AILA National Conference in Boston, MA, Ms. Weeks presented regarding representation of immigrants in removal proceedings. Ms. Weeks is currently the AILA-ICE Liaison for New Mexico and also serves on the AILA Distance Education Committee. She is a member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) and periodically writes articles regarding the intersection between immigration and criminal law for the NMCDLA newsletter.
Ms. Weeks is based in the firm's Albuquerque, NM, office and is proficient in Spanish. In addition to representing clients before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and all immigration-related agencies, Ms. Weeks practices before the El Paso Immigration Court and other nationwide immigration courts, New Mexico state courts, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and the Western District of Texas, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Weeks graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2010. She graduated third in her class, earned Clinical Honors, and served as the Managing Editor of the Natural Resources Journal. Ms. Weeks also studied Mexican Law at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Prior to law school, Ms. Weeks worked as a community developer in Albuquerque’s International District, where she helped to organize a community-run health center, immigrant’s rights workshops, and youth programs. She also previously volunteered and worked as a legal assistant at Catholic Charities to prepare U-Visa petitions and self-petitions for immigrant survivors of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Ms. Weeks is married to Shawn Weeks, and they have two children. In her spare time, she serves as a volunteer coordinator with a leadership development program for youth in Albuquerque's International District.
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