Regina Jefferies

(520) 882-8852

Senior Attorney

Regina Jefferies has 17 years of experience practicing immigration law and is a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rated attorney. Dr. Jefferies is a Senior Attorney with Green Evans-Schroeder and handles complex appellate litigation, including before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has considerable expertise in asylum law, consular processing and waivers, adjustment of status, U Visa, and U.S. citizenship claims.

Dr. Jefferies is an Assistant Professor in the Law, Diversity and Justice program at Western Washington University, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law & Justice, and an Affiliate of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. Dr. Jefferies previously worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles, as a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as an attorney in private practice in Arizona, where she lived and worked for more than a decade.

Dr. Jefferies speaks Spanish and is currently located in Bellingham, Washington. She works with clients throughout the United States and overseas.

Honors and Awards

2021     John S. Lancy Distinguished Alumni Award, Arizona State Law Journal

2018     National Advocate of the Year, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

2017     Special Recognition Award, Advocates for Human Rights

2017 – 2021     Scientia PhD Scholarship, University of New South Wales

2013 – 2016     Rising Stars, Super Lawyers

2014 – 2022     Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

Arizona State Bar Association, Member     2006 – Present

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member     2006 – 2019, 2021 – Present

Case Law Editorial Team Member, Canada/United States International Journal of Refugee Law     2019 – Present

Steering Committee, UNSW Forced Migration Research Network     2019 – Present

Affiliate, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law     2017 – Present

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law     2017 – Present

Member, Law & Society Association     2016 – Present

Pro Bono Work

Team Co-Leader, Travel Ban Rapid Response Team     2017

National Asylum Committee Member, AILA     2017 – 2018

National USCIS Field Operations Committee & Past Vice Chair, AILA      2013 – 2017

Arizona Chapter Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association     2012 – 2013

Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association     2012 – 2013

Co-Founder, No Dream Deferred Coalition     2012 – 2015

Recent Publications and Media Appearances

Regina Jefferies, Jane McAdam and Sangeetha Pillai, ‘Can We Still Call Australia Home?: The Right to Return and the Legality of Australia's COVID-19 Travel Restrictions' (2021) Australian Journal of Human Rights (in press)

Regina Jefferies, ‘Bringing Externalisation Home: The International Civil Aviation Organization and “Entry Screening” in Australia' (2021) Globalizations (in press)

Regina Jefferies, ‘Transnational Legal Process: An Evolving Theory and Methodology' (2021) 46(2) Brooklyn Journal of International Law (in press)

Regina Jefferies and Daniel Ghezelbash, ‘Doubling Down on Deterrence: The Biden administration's anti-asylum rhetoric harms refugees and won't win votes', Just Security (online, 22 July 2021)

‘“Do not come, do not come”: Why the Biden administration's blunt message to migrants sounds familiar to Australia', Rashida Yosufzai (SBS News, 12 June 2021)

‘Refugee Policy in the U.S. and Australia', Breakfast (Radio Adelaide, 29 January 2021)




Arizona's "Crimmigration" Law Firm

If you are not a U.S. citizen, and you are charged with a crime, you automatically have two legal systems that threaten to penalize you with incarceration and deportation. Our law firm concentrates its practice on assisting foreign nationals charged with crimes to avoid deportation.