Helen joined Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd., in June 2021. She practices immigration and nationality law with a focus on family-based cases and humanitarian applications including asylum. She represents clients before USCIS, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal court.

Helen started her legal career at Farmworker Legal Services in western Michigan. She later founded the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She worked as an advocacy attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and as the Director of Policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center. Helen has practiced at immigration firms in Chicago and New Orleans.

In law school, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the Committee on the Administration of Justice in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During college, she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain.

  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude 2001
  • University of Chicago, M.A., 1993
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1991
  • State of New York, 2002
  • State of Louisiana, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
Professional Associations & Membership
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • “The Meaning of Immigration ‘Reform’ in a Time of Unmasked White Supremacy,” 2017, immigraton blog.
  • “Should TPS Be Authorized for Migrants from the Northern Triangle?” 2015, immigration blog.
  • “Human Rights Violations: The Detention of Immigrant Children and Families,” 2015, ISBA Human Rights.
  • “Immigrants’ Due Process Rights in Immigration Court Hearings,” 2014, ISBA The Globe.
  • “State and Local Anti-Immigrant Initiatives: Can They Withstand Legal Scrutiny?” 2008, Widener Law Journal.
  • “Stateless Children: Youth Who Are Without Citizenship,” 2002, Youth Advocate Program International, co-author.
  • “Interview with Roma Rights Activist Angéla Kóczé,” 2000, American University Washington College of Law Human Rights Brief.
  • Spanish