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KARA L. YOUNGBLOOD

Attorney at Law

Kara L. Youngblood is a native of Morrison, Tennessee. She has an immigration and general civil law practice serving Warren County and the surrounding area.

Kara grew up on a farm that includes a family-owned nursery and a cow-calf operation. Kara has a deep appreciation for, and an understanding of, the land and the people who work it. She understands the role a strong workforce plays in a successful farming operation, and recognizes the unique impact immigrant workers have on the economy.

Kara graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics and a minor in Business Administration. She served as Treasurer for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and was a member of and spokesman for the Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society. Kara received the Outstanding Senior Agribusiness Award in 2009.

Kara went on to pursue her law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She graduated cum laude in the top 15% of her class in 2012 and received CALI Awards (top performance award) in Secured Transactions, U.S. Taxation of International Income, Partnership Taxation, and Federal Taxation of Business Enterprises. In 2011, she interned with the Honorable S. Thomas Anderson, U. S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, and later worked as a law clerk for the in-house counsel of Drexel Chemical in Memphis, Tennessee, an agriculture chemical company.

Kara was admitted to practice law in the state of Tennessee in 2012. Her first full-time law position was as Associate Counsel for Ascend Federal Credit Union in Tullahoma, Tennessee where she focused her practice on real estate law and federal regulatory compliance. Later, she taught undergraduate law courses at Middle Tennessee State University for both the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. In addition to her time in the classroom, Kara also developed an off-campus agribusiness curriculum for MTSU’s University College. Kara also serves as the Attorney for the Town of Morrison.

Kara has represented immigration clients before USCIS, EOIR, NVC and the BIA. Additionally, she is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Kara’s passion for immigration law is based on an appreciation of the cultural diversity of rural America and the true economic necessity of a vital immigrant workforce. As such, she has developed a centered approach to her practice that incorporates these factors in her dedication to the law.

JAMILA AHMED-MARGA 

Senior Associate Attorney

Jamila is an Associate Attorney with Youngblood & Associates in its Virginia Office. She immigrated to the United States from Ghana, West Africa with her family in the late 1990s. She attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. During her time there, she interned with the Northampton District Court as a Victim Witness Advocate. After graduating, she then worked for two years as a Mutual Fund Accountant in Boston, MA before heading off to Chicago, IL for law school.

During her time at the John Marshall Law School, she interned with the Cook County Public Defenders Office as a felony trial clerk following her first year. During the summer of her second year until she graduated, Jamila served as a law clerk at SmithAmundsen LLC.

Additionally, she was also the Vice Barrister for the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Advocate General for the Black Law Students Association, in addition to competing in trial advocacy competitions each semester. She was also selected to participate in a Comparative Trial Advocacy Program at The Honorable Society of the King’s Inn in Dublin, Ireland.

Prior to joining Youngblood & Associates, Jamila worked as a Case Processing Analyst with the Department of Labor processing H-2A visa applications. Having lived in four countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, and the U.S.) throughout her life and been an immigrant herself, Jamila brings a very unique perspective to her practice and fully understands the obstacles immigrants face as they bridge into American culture.

Jamila is fluent in Hausa and studied French and Arabic in college. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and focuses exclusively on Federal Immigration and Nationality law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

ALEJANDRO JANTES ALAMILLA

Attorney at Law* and Immigration Law Paralegal

Alejandro grew up in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico – the birthplace of Mexican independence. As a child, Alejandro developed an interest in the laws of Mexico, colonial history, modern culture of his home country, art and politics. All of which led to his choice to study law at The University of Leon in Dolores Hidalgo. He was awarded his law degree in 2014.

In 2014, Alejandro immigrated to the United States from Mexico and now resides in McMinnville, TN.

Alejandro’s work experience includes management of administration, public relations, and logistics at the University of Leon. After receiving his law degree, he practiced with a firm in Dolores Hidalgo. His practice areas included litigation, specifically in Mexican mercantile, labor and civil law. Currently, Alejandro works as an attorney for Youngblood and Associates, PLLC, at their McMinnville, TN office.

Alejandro has a passion for immigration law and providing exceptional legal service to his clients and their families. As a lawyer and fellow immigrant, he can not only advise his clients on the law, but also share his personal experience of the process that his clients will encounter within the immigration system. Alejandro works with the homeless and those suffering from terminal illnesses in his hometown.

*Practice limited to Mexican law

RAFAELA RODRIGUEZ

Office Manager

Rafaela is originally from Santander Jimenez, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She graduated from the Universidad Mexico-Americana del Norte with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she worked for the Secretary of Public Education for the State of Tamaulipas (SEP). Her work experience includes management and accounting. Rafaela, at the age of 25, came to the United States as a tourist. Two years later, she became a legal resident of the United States through the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986 (amnesty). She became a U.S. citizen in 2011.

After coming to the U.S, Rafaela initially worked in the agricultural industry. She later took a position with the Warren County, TN School System as a Bilingual Assistant, working as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the local school system. Rafaela is now, also, a part of Youngblood & Associates, PLLC Immigration Attorneys where she is in charge of Supporting staff Assistant and Translator.

CHRISHELEN RODRIGUEZ

Legal Assistant and Translator

Chrishelen was born and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee. Her parents immigrated to McMinnville from Mexico in the 1980s.They both established permanent residency through the 1985 amnesty program and later became U.S. citizens. Chrishelen and her family continue to keep their Hispanic heritage alive in by staying active in the local Hispanic community, sharing their heritage with Chrishelen’s two young children, Zoe and Nathan, and frequently visiting their family and friends in Mexico.

Chrishelen is a 2010 graduate of Warren County High School. She is currently pursuing her Associate’s degree in paralegal studies with a concentration in immigration law.

Presently, she is employed with Youngblood & Associates, PLLC, Immigration Attorneys as a legal assistant, translator and notary public.