Janelly Garcia-Boan, Esq.

janelly_garciaJanelly Garcia-Boan is a Cuban American born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Ms. Garcia-Boan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in three and a half years, with a minor in English, at Florida International University in 2008. Thereafter, she attended law school at St. Thomas University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude in May of 2012.

While in law school, Ms. Garcia-Boan was an active member of the St. Thomas Law Review and served as Senior Articles Editor during the 2011–2012 academic school year and attended the annual National Conference of Law Reviews in San Diego, California. She was also a member of Moot Court and the Public Interest Law Students Association. Ms. Garcia-Boan’s academic achievements, such as her CALI Book Award for Legal Research & Writing, earned her a few merit scholarships, most notably from the Cuban American Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar. She also was the recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation IOTA Public Service Fellowship.

Among Ms. Garcia-Boan’s achievements was obtaining a competitive summer internship in 2010 with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She was able to obtain invaluable knowledge from, and work with, many Assistant Chief Counsels in the Downtown Miami office. Working at ICE not only provided Ms. Garcia-Boan with the opportunity to learn and observe the complexities of the U.S. immigration system from the government’s perspective, but also, sparked Ms. Garcia-Boan’s passion for immigration law.

Ms. Garcia-Boan subsequently authored an unpublished paper entitled Disagreement Over Whether to Legalize the Undocumented Immigrant Population Results in No Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which focused on the failed efforts of our government to resolve the overabundance of undocumented persons. She furthered her interest in immigration by working during her last year of law school at a private immigration firm that focused on the benefits side of immigration.