Paula was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven years old, and settled in Arizona. When she was younger, her parents taught her the importance of education, especially for an immigrant coming to this country for a better life.
Paula witnessed her parents each work two jobs to help support the family so that she and her sister could have a brighter future. As a result of her parents' hard work and support, Paula was able to attend Arizona State University on a full academic scholarship, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French. At the age of twenty-two, Paula became a United States citizen, which was a very proud moment in her life. Paula decided to attend law school because she wanted a career focused on helping others. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
While in law school, she worked as a legal intern for Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, and for the Oregon Law Center’s Farmworker Program. She was also the Co-Chair of the Latino Law Society and Vice President of the Minority Law Student Association. After graduating law school, she was admitted to the Oregon State Bar. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court of Oregon. Paula decided to focus her law career on immigration law, as a result of her personal life experiences related to immigration. She practiced immigration law at Immigration Counseling Service, a non-profit immigration law firm in Portland, Oregon for almost three years, before moving back to Arizona to join Maria Jones Law Firm, where she was the firm's supervising attorney for their USCIS department for two years. Paula is now founder of the Law Office of Paula Padilla, and continues to dedicate her career to helping individuals and their families gain the stability they need for a better future.
LEWIS AND CLARK LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2009
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., English & French, 2005
Activities & Affiliations
• American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)