Veronica Guerrero’s practice focuses on criminal defense, litigation, and immigration matters.
She began her career as an Immigration Attorney at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia (PDS) immediately upon graduating from law school in August 2020. In that capacity she advised noncitizen clients and their criminal trial attorneys of the immigration consequences of pending criminal cases, engaged in plea negotiations with the United States Attorney’s Office, litigated post-conviction cases on behalf of noncitizen clients, and engaged in other litigation and advocacy on issues relevant to noncitizen clients. In that capacity Ms. Guerrero frequently appeared in DC Superior Court on behalf of her clients in hearings ranging from preliminary hearings to sentencing. Ms. Guerrero also provided frequent trainings to PDS staff, CJA panel attorneys, and clinical staff on the immigration consequences of DC criminal offenses for both adults and children.
Ms. Guerrero is a graduate of The Yale Law School where she served as a law student intern in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic for two years. During her time in the clinic she argued a motion to reconsider in immigration court, deposed a federal government officer, and lobbied for Clean Slate legislation before the Connecticut State Legislature which was ultimately passed in 2021. During law school Ms. Guerrero also served as the president of the Latinx Law Students Association and the community development chair of the Black Law Students Association. She is a recipient of the 2020 Charles G. Albom Prize awarded by the Yale Law School faculty “annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in the area of judicial and/or administrative appellate advocacy in connection with a Law School clinical program.” Ms. Guerrero received a BA in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Mandarin Chinese.
- JD, Yale Law School, 2020, Charles G. Albom Prize Recipient
- BS, Political Science/Chinese, University of Notre Dame, 2015
- District of Columbia
- Paralegal Specialist, United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (August 2015–July 2017)
- Judicial Intern, Supreme Court of the United States (May–August 2014)
- Legislative Intern, Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey (May–August 2012)