ABOUT ATTORNEY LAUREN A. ANAYA
 
Attorney Lauren A. Anaya has over 20 years' experience in the practice of law and is ready to put her experience to work for you.  
 
Dr. Anaya began her legal career with the United States Department of Justice after being hired pursuant to the Attorney General's Honors Program,
the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.  She served with the Executive Office for Immigration Review where she assisted with the review of cases decided by Administrative Law Judges arising from the employer sanctions, unfair immigration-related employment practices, and document fraud provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  
 
Dr. Anaya subsequently went to work for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the Office of the General Counsel.  Here, she was part of a team responsible for drafting national immigration policy and overseeing litigation efforts in the district offices. She conducted field training for regional and district INS employees, as well as community outreach to employers responsible for complying with national immigration laws. She knows immigration law and can assist you, whether you are seeking a green card, a temporary work visa, U.S. citizenship, representation in Immigration Court, or some other goal.
 
A former federal prosecutor for over ten (10) years, Dr. Anaya also has extensive experience with the criminal justice system.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, she successfully handled hundreds of cases involving immigration, drug possession and trafficking, white collar crime, violent crime, firearms offenses, fraud, and domestic violence.  In addition to her vast trial experience, Dr. Anaya has exceptional appellate experience and has written numerous briefs and argued appeals before the Circuit Courts of Appeal.  She knows how prosecutors build a case and is able to help clients with their defense from the beginning of the matter through the potential post-conviction relief process.   
 
Dr. Anaya earned a BBA in Business, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.  In August 2014, she completed a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she specialized in a subfield of anthropology known as legal anthropology.  Her training in anthropology enables her to approach clients and their legal issues with sensitivity to cultural and other difference, as well as with heightened awareness of the larger relationships between law and society.  She is not your ordinary lawyer.  She currently teaches anthropology as a part-time faculty member at Parkland College.  She is a long-time resident of the Champaign-Urbana area.  Dr. Anaya is the mother of a teenager and loves dogs.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, music, spinning, movies, photography, and reading.  
 
Whether you need a will or are going through a divorce, whether your case involves an immigration matter or you are being prosecuted criminally, Attorney Anaya is able to help you understand your legal options. She is compassionate, thorough, hard-working, and aggressive. She will listen to you and fight for your rights.   
 
   
    
 
 
 
immigration
“But the mere truth won’t do.
You must have a lawyer.”
 
– Dr. Allan Woodcourt to the wrongly accused George Rouncewell, in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House
An excerpt from Attorney Lauren Anaya's Curriculum Vitae . ..
 
EDUCATION
 
PhD, August 2014, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
 
MA, Anthropology, May 2007, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
 
JD, December 1991, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA
 
Iowa Law Review
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Professiona Responsibility
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
 
BBA, Business, May 1988, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
 
Graduated from Iowa State University with Honors and Distinction
Iowa State University Honors Program
Admitted to Iowa State University with Recognition and Award     
      
LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
 
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, Las Cruces, NM
 
Assistant General Counsel, United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Washington, D.C.
 
Attorney-Advisor, United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Falls Church, VA
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
Anaya, Lauren, “Policy-Making in the Italian Courts: The Affermazione Civile Project and the Struggle over Recognition of Rights for Same-Sex Couples in Italy,” Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 23(1):40-58.
 
SERVICE ON INTERNATIONAL BOARDS
 
Antropólogos sem Fronteiras (Anthropologists without Borders), Board of Directors and Secretária Adjunta (Adjunct Secretary), Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, 2013-present
 
Antropólogos sem Fronteiras/Anthropologists without Borders – United States (ASF-US), Founding Member of Board of Directors and Secretary-Treasurer, Sept. 2014-present  
   
CONFERENCE AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS
 
Invited Guest Lecture, “Africans in Italy: Italian Immigration Law and Policy,” African Immigrants in Europe Class taught by Dr. Alma Gottlieb, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 3, 2015
 
“I Do, You Don't: Social Science Expertise in Legal Claims about Same-Sex Marriage,” Central States Anthropological Society, Normal, IL, April 10-13, 2014
 
“Whose Side Are You On? Selecting and Managing Experts: U.S. and Italian Uses of Social Science Expertise in Legal Claims about the Welfare of Children in Same-Sex Households,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Nov. 20-24, 2013
 
“Creating Europe: Making EU Citizens in the Italian Courts,” Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, April 4-6, 2013
 
Invited Guest Lecture, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? (Apparently Not Much),” Anthropology of Europe Class taught by Dr. Angela Glaros, Eastern Illinois University, March 27, 2013
 
Invited Guest Lecture, “Italian Immigration, Refuge and Asylum Law,” African Immigrants in Europe Class taught by Dr. Alma Gottlieb, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 28, 2013
 
“Creating EU Citizens in the Courts: The Affermazione Civile Project and Its Corollaries in the Continuing Fight Over Recognition of Rights for Same-Sex Couples in Italy,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 14-18, 2012
 
“The Devil Went Down to Italy: The Fight for the Soul of the EU as Seen Through the Lens of the Struggle Over Recognition of Rights for Same-Sex Couples,” European Union Center Graduate Student Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, April 13-14, 2012
 
“Fractured Identities and Fragments of Power: the Role of the Roman Catholic Church in State Politics in Italy and the Battle over Co-Habitation Rights for Heterosexual and Same- Sex Couples,” Central States Anthropological Society, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, April 7-9, 2011
 
“Where’s the Proof? The Absence of Evidence in Legal Anthropology on the Courts,” Central States Anthropological Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2009
 
“Dismantling Structural Elements in the Law: Legal Practice, Case Outcomes, and the Hegemonic Function of Law,” Central States Anthropological Society, Indianapolis, IN, March 2008
     
   
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