Attorney, Researcher and Writer

Prerna Lal Prerna Lal created a historic national network of undocumented youth to organize for the DREAM Act and fight against deportations. A social media strategist, her pioneering use of online communications to stop deportations has become standard among organizations across the country. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and is currently working on her next entrepreneurial venture, while advising on movement strategy and tactics. She practices family and immigration law.

22 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Lal Legal: Law Office of Prerna Lal

Today is the official launch of my new legal practice, Lal Legal. At this new firm, my focus will be on family law, such as separation and child custody, and I’ll also handle all aspects of immigration law. Since immigration law is a federal matter, I can represent clients across the U.S., and even abroad. I’ve […]

16 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Coming Soon: Fiji Islands

Speaking from personal experience, I’m sensitive to the fact that many of my friends, clients, and community members are practically trapped in the United States, unable to visit their home countries, unable to see loved ones, and even attend their funerals abroad. But going back to Fiji, my home country, is all I’ve ever wanted […]

11 July 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Prerna Lal, Esq.

Work keeps me quite busy so I’m not writing quite as often nowadays. I do have great news. After various trials and tribulations, I was sworn in as an attorney last Friday. This means I can continue to help thousands of individuals in family and immigration court across the country. The whole process was smoother and […]

09 June 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Long Awaited CSPA Decision Is Out — And Unfortunate

It is a 5-4 decision for the government in Scialabba v. de Osorio, and 65 pages long, which is why it took so long to release. Read the entire opinion here. This decision means imminent family separation. It means that (adult) children who age out of petitions filed on behalf of their parents cannot keep their […]

01 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A-Z Guide On Undocumented

Shoutout to my good friend, Julio Salgado, for his awesome front-pager in the OC Weekly. I assisted with the writing, as did Gustavo Arrellano, so it is full of snark. It’s on the stands today so go grab your copy! And since I’m at a Windcall retreat for the month, this is my absolute last […]

28 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How to Pass the Bar Exam

It’s  crunch-time for the bar exam again, and as someone who took and passed the bar, here are some words of advice. 1. It doesn’t matter what program — KAPLAN, BARBRI, whatever else — you use as long as you actually carve out the time to study and treat it like a full-time job. If […]

26 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Community Voices: Pretexts

I’m thinking a lot about pretexts nowadays. In the U.S., when people demand to know where you are from, what they mean is that you couldn’t possibly belong here because of your skin-color or accent. When people inquire as to how your family took your coming out as gay, they are harboring false assumptions about how […]

22 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Lies Behind Deportation Statistics

Democrat apologists are coming out of the woodwork to defend the Obama Administration’s deportation record. After all, once you deport 2 million people, expand immigration enforcement, and preside over the largest immigration detention complex in the world, there is nothing stopping even the conservative National Council of La Raza from calling you ‘Deporter-in-Chief.’ The esteemed […]

22 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

“That Awkward Moment When You Run Away from Your Home Country Due to Discrimination For Being Queer, To Be Locked Up in the Land of the Free…”

Full text: “That awkward moment when you run away from your home country due to discrimination for being queer…Only to be locked up in the land of the free with a lot of machista, and sexist, homophobic, transphobic ICE officers.” – Alejandro Aldana Yesterday, I received this bittersweet postcard from my dear friend, Alex Aldana, […]

21 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the White House

Growing pressure on the Administration from immigration activists has  led the President to announce yet another review of deportation policies with the aim to make them “more humane.” Following the announcement, there was a mad rush to get “administrative action” memos to the White House from various groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the National […]