Fiona obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Harvard University in 2000.
She also holds an LLM in International Human Rights from Northwestern University, completed in 2015.
Fiona began her career as an asylum attorney and has worked as an editor as well, always with a strong focus on migration issues. She has taught as an adjunct at Northwestern University as well as on the Law faculty of Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. She is the Chief Editor of the Rights in Exile newsletter, a monthly digital publication following developments in the interpretation of refugee law and providing resources for refugee legal aid providers, particularly in the global south.
Fiona has experience with a range of protection and family-based immigration matters, including affirmative and defensive asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status and naturalization.
Fiona was admitted to practice law in Washington State in 2008. She is also admitted to the federal court of the Western District of Washington. She is currently a member of the National Immigration Project, Detention Watch Network and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Fiona is proficient in spoken and written Italian and Spanish.
Hobbies and Interests:
Since obtaining her law degree, Fiona has lived and worked in Mexico, Egypt, Italy and Ethiopia. She is a co-founder of the African Civic Leadership Program, a non-profit aimed at strengthening future leaders in Africa’s civil society sector. She currently serves on the board of the Kalispell Education Foundation.
In her spare time she enjoys family time as well as fiction and creative non-fiction with good coffee.