Maria E. Andrade is the principal of Andrade Legal, a firm with offices in Boise, Idaho and Ontario, Oregon. Ms. Andrade’s practice focuses on removal defense, family immigration, federal litigation, business immigration and illegal re-entry defense. Ms. Andrade’s litigation experience including petitions for review, habeas petitions, mandamus actions, petitions for post-conviction relief, as well as affirmative civil litigation. Ms. Andrade frequently lectures and advises criminal defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and was awarded the 2015 Nevin Professionalism Award by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on the basis of that work. Andrade Legal has been recognized for its pro bono work with non-citizens as well as criminal defense counsel, particularly on asylum cases at family detention centers in New Mexico and Texas. Ms. Andrade presently serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the steering committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s federal litigation section, the advisory committee of the American Immigration Law Foundation’s Legal Action Center and the Federal Defender Services of Idaho. Ms. Andrade obtained her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 1990.