Julie Sparks is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law. During her nearly 17 years of practice in this field, she has represented immigrants from more than 120 different countries.
A passion for aiding individuals from around the world led Julie to give up a teaching career and pursue a law degree. The seed of this passion was planted when Julie met a Rwandan refugee in the 90s through her work in a homeless shelter. Her love for this area of law remains to this day. Clients and potential clients often tell her that she is the first person to show true concern for their case and the first to help them thoroughly understand the complexities of the legal issues they face.
Julie is a former immigration law clinical instructor at the Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California and a former instructor at California State University – Los Angeles. During her years in California, she also founded and managed a non-profit organization through which she supervised numerous law students in their representation of indigent immigrants seeking asylum and other relief. Julie has served as a volunteer attorney for many community organizations at dozens of community events. Prior to the creation of the DACA program, she served as a legal advisor to “Dreamers” in their struggle to pressure the Obama administration to provide relief to undocumented students. She also volunteered for several years for NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) and for AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) as a pro bono attorney liaison.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from the University of Houston Law Center where she was the recipient of a fellowship in public interest law. She has been a featured speaker at Southwestern Law School and at an AILA national conference for immigration attorneys.