Laura Nally is the managing attorney of the Houston office of Human Rights First. As managing attorney, Laura oversees the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers by providing support, mentoring, and training to volunteer lawyers in Houston. In addition, Laura provides support to Human Rights First’s advocacy team on issues of U.S. asylum law, policies, and practices.
Prior to moving to Houston, Laura was a staff attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First. Prior to her work at Human Rights First, Laura was a staff attorney with Ayuda, where she specialized in representing child clients and survivors of domestic violence, and a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she recruited, trained, and mentored volunteer attorneys in the representation of unaccompanied children. While at KIND, Laura was a frequent speaker on children’s immigration matters. Laura began her career as a Legal Fellow at the American Immigration Counsel. She has also worked as pro bono fellow at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and as a VAWA Staff Attorney with the Esperanza Center of Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Laura speaks fluent Spanish.