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Amber L. Weeks

Amber L. Weeks


Criminal Defense and Immigration Lawyer
Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
Albuquerque, NM
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Attorney Biography

Amber Weeks is the Senior Associate Attorney at Noble & Vrapi, P.A, based in the firm’s Albuquerque office.

In addition to representing immigrants in a broad range of immigration and naturalization cases and appeals, Ms. Weeks specializes in deportation defense and vacating prior criminal convictions.

Ms. Weeks has expertise in complex immigration cases, including those needing immigrant waivers or those involving prior removal or deportation orders. She has also successfully handled plea withdrawals throughout the state of New Mexico and regularly advises criminal defense counsel regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

One of her most notable cases was a published first impression case successfully challenging mandatory detention of immigrants in Melero Valdez v. Terry, 874 F. Supp. 2d 1262 (D.N.M. 2012), which she handled as co-counsel with Olsi Vrapi.

Ms. Weeks is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and was invited to present regarding representation of immigrants in removal proceedings at the 2014 AILA National Conference in Boston, MA.

She is also a member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) and periodically writes articles regarding the intersection between immigration and criminal law for the NMCDLA newsletter.

Ms. Weeks graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2010, graduating third in her class, earning Clinical Honors, and serving as the Managing Editor of a law journal. Ms. Weeks also studied Mexican Law at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Prior to law school, Ms. Weeks worked as a community developer in Albuquerque’s International District, where she helped to organize immigrant’s rights workshops, a community-run health center, and youth programs. From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Weeks volunteered and worked as a legal assistant at Catholic Charities to prepare U-Visa petitions and self-petitions for immigrant survivors of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She continues to serve as a volunteer coordinator with a leadership development program for youth in Albuquerque's International District.


Practice Areas

 
Criminal Defense (50%)
 
Immigration Law (35%)
 
Naturalization / Citizenship (7%)
 
Visas (7%)

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Bar Licenses

New Mexico State Bar
New Mexico
Member in Good Standing
2010

Work Experience

Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
Senior Associate Attorney, Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
2011Present

Judicial Law Clerk, New Mexico Court of Appeals
20102011

Fellowship Recipient, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc.
2009

Legal Assistant, Catholic Charities Immigration Services
20072009

Community Organizer, AmeriCorps
20052007

Legal Assistant, Whitney Buchanan, P.C.
20042005

Computer Analyst, Advanced Systems Technology, Inc.
20002003

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Education

University of New Mexico School of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law
J.D./Juris Doctor
2010

University of New Mexico
B.A./Bachelor of Arts
2004

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Associations

New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
2013

Member
National Lawyer's Guild, National Immigration Project
2014

Member
Christian Legal Aid
2013

Member
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
2011

Member
State Bar of New Mexico
2010

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Awards & Honors

Academic Achievement Award for Third in Class
University of New Mexico School of Law
2010

Clinical Honors
University of New Mexico School of Law
2010

Managing Editor of Natural Resources Journal
University of New Mexico School of Law
2010

Fellowship Recipient - Crimmigration Issues
Young Lawyer Division
2009

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Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2023

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Amber L. Weeks
Noble & Vrapi, P.A.
4253 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite 240
Albuquerque, NM 87109
www.noblelawfirm.com
Office: 505-352-6660

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NMCDLA works to assist and educate criminal defense attorneys and promotes fairness in the criminal justice system.


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