Amber L. Weeks

Amber L. Weeks

Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
  • Immigration Law
  • New Mexico
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Summary

Amber Weeks is the Senior Associate Attorney at Noble & Vrapi, P.A. In addition to representing immigrants in a broad range of immigration and naturalization cases, Ms. Weeks specializes in deportation defense and vacating prior criminal convictions. Ms. Weeks has expertise in complex immigration cases, including appeals, cases requiring waivers, and those involving prior deportation or removal orders. One of her most notable cases was a published first impression 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. Ms. Weeks is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and presented regarding representation of immigrants in removal proceedings at the 2014 AILA National Conference in Boston, MA, which was the biggest immigration law event of the year. She is also 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 graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2010, graduating third in her class, earning Clinical Honors, and serving as the Managing Editor of a law 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, helping to organize a community-run health center, youth programs, and immigrant’s rights workshops. From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Weeks volunteered and worked as a legal assistant at Catholic Charities to prepare self-petitions for immigrant survivors of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She continues to serve as a volunteer coordinator with a youth leadership development program in Albuquerque's International District.

Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Deportation Defense
  • Plea Withdrawals
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    There is a consultation fee, but if the client retains Noble & Vrapi, the fee is applied to the case so that the consultation is effectively free.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Mexico
10th Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Associate Attorney
Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
- Current
Judicial Law Clerk
New Mexico Court of Appeals
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Fellowship Recipient
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc.
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Legal Assistant
Catholic Charities Immigration Services
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Community Organizer
AmeriCorps VISTA
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Legal Assistant
Whitney Buchanan, P.C.
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Computer Analyst
Advanced Systems Technology, Inc.
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Education
University of New Mexico
J.D. / Juris Doctor (2010)
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
University of New Mexico
B.A. / Religious Studies, Computer Science (2004)
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Awards
Academic Achievement Award for Third in Class
University of New Mexico School of Law
Clinical Honors
University of New Mexico School of Law
Managing Editor of Natural Resources Journal
University of New Mexico School of Law
Fellowship Recipient - Crimmigration Issues
Young Lawyer Division
Professional Associations
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Projec
Member
- Current
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Christian Legal Aid
Member
- Current
American Immigration Lawyers Association # 31673
Member
- Current
State Bar of New Mexico # 141663
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Introduction to Removal Proceedings
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Conference, Boston, MA
Preventing the Deportation of Your Illegal Reentry Client
For the Defense (New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)
Defining the Public Interest: Administrative Narrowing and Broadening of the Public Interest in Response to the Statutory Silence of Water Codes
Natural Resources Journal
Speaking Engagements
Crimmigration: What Your Client Needs to Know, National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA) Conference, Santa Fe, NM
National Latina/o Law Student Association
The Dreaded Notice to Appear: From Bond to Victory, AILA National Conference, Boston, MA
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Immigrant Waivers, AILA Texas Chapter Conference, Santa Fe, NM
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Related to Non-Citizen Clients, Immigration Law Section Conference, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico State Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Noble & Vrapi, P.A. Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
Albuquerque Office
4253 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 240
Albuquerque, NM 87109
USA
Telephone: (505) 352-6660
El Paso Office
221 N. Kansas St., Suite 1207
El Paso, TX 79901
USA
Telephone: (915) 228-2300