Moises Barraza received his Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate in International Law in 2010 from Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, but his love for the legal field developed long before then. Even as a homeschool high school student, Mr. Barraza led his MockTrial team to become city champions in El Paso, TX two years in a row. Subsequently, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, magna cum laude, at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he also co-founded the UTEP Mock Trial Team which went to Nationals after being undefeated at regionals.
Mr. Barraza first became interested in chemistry due to a desire to find order and symmetry in the midst of an apparently chaotic physical world. As a research Assistant at the University of Texas, he participated in a project that led to the development of a novel class of DNA-delivery vehicles that are part of a vaccine formulation currently being patented by the University. He was also named a National Hispanic Scholar, was on the Dean’s List and won the Outstanding Undergraduate in Chemistry Award.
Mr. Barraza’s desire to interact more directly with people, as well as his extensive Mock trial experiences, encouraged him to pursue law at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. While at Washburn, Mr. Barraza worked for two years defending the largest state agency in Kansas (SRS), which gave him a unique handle on complex administrative and Constitutional law issues. He helped expand the Washburn Law Clinic’s immigration practice, and served as Vice President and Outreach Officer of the Catholic Campus Center.
During his first year in law school, Mr. Barraza found his passion in immigration law clerking for a renowned Philippine immigration lawyer in Washington D.C. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Barraza studied comparative law with a focus on international human rights at University of Utrecht in Utrecht, Holland. Upon graduation, Mr. Barraza assisted the law firm of Robert A. Perkins & Associates with its clients in the Latino/Hispanic community for three years.
Now Mr. Barraza runs his own practice, where he works to help his clients, especially families, find order and symmetry in the midst of an apparently chaotic immigration law process.