Lisa J. Bennett received undergraduate degrees in International Studies and German from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010. After graduating, Ms. Bennett lived in Sweden and Germany, where she continued her studies in international relations and worked with study abroad students. She then returned to the U.S. and completed a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
After graduating from UTSA, Ms. Bennett worked as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the university. As an international student advisor, Ms. Bennett assisted international students, especially F-1 students, with immigration issues during their undergraduate and graduate studies. This inspired Ms. Bennett to learn more about American immigration law and attend law school.
At the University of Virginia School of Law, Ms. Bennett focused her legal education on immigration issues. During law school, she was on the Virginia Journal of International Law and was an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) student member. She helped clients obtain asylum, release from immigration detention, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status through the Immigration Law Clinic and pro bono programs. Ms. Bennett also gained experience with employment-based immigration through internships at the International Support Services office at Virginia Tech and the immigration practice group of a Virginia law firm. Since joining the firm of Antone, Casagrande & Adwers, Ms. Bennett has been practicing in the areas of individual, family, and business immigration, with a focus on employment matters.
Ms. Bennett speaks German and basic Swedish.