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Tyler Gately, Immigration Paralegal

Tyler Gately is a veteran of the U.S. Army and joins CLCMA following four years working for various nonprofits around the country. Tyler previously served as the Press Secretary for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Manager of Advocacy and Volunteer Leadership at National Brain Tumor Society, and Manager of Business Development and Marketing at Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services. He earned his M.S. in International Affairs from Northeastern University, a graduate certificate in National Security Studies from American Military University, and his B.A. in Business Management from Belmont Abbey College.

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Victoria Elliott, Corporate Paralegal

Victoria graduated cum laude from Rhodes College with honors with a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology, where she was the Vice President of her college’s Mortar Board chapter. While in college she had to opportunity to work hands on with issues of gender and sexuality, including work with victims of sexual violence and LGBT rights. She also conducted research into environmental conservation in Namibia, as well as honors research into the ideology of the family. After graduation she continued her activism abroad, targeting issues related to environmental and human rights in Indonesia and South Africa.

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Naireesa Khan, Office Manager

Naireesa has degrees in both Paralegal Studies (with honors) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Counseling Psychology. She has over five years of experience working in the legal field and working in office management. Naireesa has worked in the areas of Family Law and Criminal law, with a focus on human trafficking. She also has worked with, and volunteered for, various Domestic Violence organizations in California. Naireesa has been a member of her mosque’s social welfare board for three years, assisting families. She now proudly joins CLCMA to utilize all her talents as our Office Manager.

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Layne Emery, Receptionist/Case Intake

Layne is a cum laude and Pi Sigma Alpha graduate of Saint Michael’s College. She has a double major in Political Science and Global Studies with a focus on International Relations and the Middle East. During Layne’s undergraduate studies she lived in Amman, Jordan for a year. While there she studied intensive Arabic at the School for International Training and conducted field research on international aid flows to the Syrian refugee crisis. Layne then worked at the Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia, writing grant proposals and teaching English in the Badia. After graduating she began working for the Population Media Center as a Program Development Assistant with the goal of creating a Texas chapter to fund television programs for social change.

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Alyssa Morrison, Law Intern

Alyssa Morrison is a rising 3L at SMU Dedman School of Law. In 2015, she graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in International Studies and a concentration in Middle Eastern affairs and the Arabic language. During her time at A&M, she also participated in a language immersion program in Morocco for several months following her junior year.

During law school, Alyssa has worked in humanitarian immigration with YMCA international services, where she primarily assisted asylum seekers and victims of violence. She also interned in the field of family law with Judge Mary Brown in the 301st district, and participated in a legal clinic at an immigration detention center where she assisted detained women and children in the initial phases of their asylum claims. In addition to her work with CLCMA, Alyssa will spend the summer conducting research into gender issues in the legal workplace for one of her professors in order to assist in the creation of a policy proposal.

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Parichehr Shahrezaei, Law Intern

Parichehr Shahrezaei is a 3L at SMU Dedman School of Law. In 2015, She obtained her Mater Degree in Law (LL.M.) majoring at International Comparative Law from SMU Dedman School of Law. She also has a Law Degree (LL.B.) from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran.

At SMU, she currently serves as a Student Attorney in the Small Business and Trademark Clinic where provides free legal services to new and small businesses and non-profit organizations. Last summer she was a Law Clerk for the Office of Julie C. Reedy in the field of Family Law.

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