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About Us


Our Mission

To help immigrants and refugees achieve their American dream by providing high-quality and affordable legal services

Founded in 2001 CLIA met the demand for low-cost immigration assistance west of Omaha. CLIA successfully filed the first approved U-Visa application in the state of Nebraska. 

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, CLIA is a 501 (C)3 certified nonprofit and is accredited through the Department of Jurscue. We have an experienced staff of attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives available to help those in need all over the state. Additionally, we are the only nonprofit in Lincoln that provides the full array of legal immigration services.

Our Impact




Highly Skilled

Our Staff

Mary Choate, Executive Director

Mrs. Choate is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Mrs. Choate received B.S. in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University.

Meghan Sonenberg, Attorney

Ms. Sonenberg is licensed to practice law in Nebraska with a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Ms. Sonenberg received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jonathan Rubio, DOJ Rep

Mr. Rubio is a Bi-lingual DOJ Accredited Representative and graduated from UNL, with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. Mr. Rubio is also a Notary Public.



Alicia Ramos Gordin, DOJ Rep

Ms. Gordin Ramos is a is bi-lingual, and is a DOJ Accredited Representative, and graduated from Doane University with a B.A. in Human Relations.  

Kewan Asaad, Paralegal

Ms. Asaad graduated Law school at Cihan University in Erbil, Iraq. She can now assist clients in English, Kurdish, and Arabic.

Ellie Woods, Project Coordinator 

Ms. woods Ellie Woody graduated from UNL with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish. She can assist people in both English and Spanish.

Francisca Peterson, LMHP, MN

Ms. Peterson is a native Spanish speaker who has a Masters degree. She has served both as a school psychologist and as a main support staff member for CLIA since 2013.

Why We Are Different

Our Approach

At CLIA, we specialize in bringing legal immigration assistance to you. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.

A Team Dedicated to You

Every week, our legal team has a meeting to discuss cases. This means that the expertise of the whole team weighs in on your case.

Legacy of Success

CLIA has been serving the community since 2001 and has a proven track record of success. We use that experience to help you achieve your immigration goals.

Our Board of Directors

Jane Langan Mach, J.D., Board President, Remboldt Ludtke LLP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law

Thomas Lintel, Treasurer, President of Lintel Financial Services, Inc.
Laurie Lage, J.D., Fundraising Committee Member, Legal Counsel, Nebraska State Legislature
Matthew Mullen, PhD., Grants and Operations Committee, Founder, Article 30 Inc.
Rosanne Liesveld, CLIA Board Member

David Kaseman, Woods Bros Realty, CLIA Board Member

Anne Brandt, Executive Director of Lincoln Littles, CLIA Board Member

Jordyn Piper, University of Nebraska College of Law Student, CLIA Board Member

Frequently Asked Questions

Our organization opens doors of equal opportunity for people affected by immigration law through extensive programs and services. CLIA has a staff composed of both immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives. We offer assistance in Spanish.

Our organization opens doors of equal opportunity for people affected by immigration law through extensive programs and services. We offer legal services for up to 90% off local attorney rates.

CLIA has a staff composed of both immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives. We offer assistance in Spanish.

Our office accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks, credit and debits cards. There is a $30.00 fee for any returned checks. There is a % fee for credit and debit card payments.

Our office is not motivated by profits or the bottom line. We were created to help those who would otherwise not have been able to afford quality legal services. CLIA cares about our clients and our return rate for future services proves that. 

Our office will keep you updated on all notices, appointments, and requests. The client may choose their preferred contact method to better suit their needs. 

Look up last action taken by USCIS: HERE

You may contact the office by calling us at (402) 471-1777

You can reach us by email at or by emailing your specific legal representative 

You can also reach our staff by filling out our contact form on our website.

Filing the correct paperwork is an important part of the processes of acquiring a visa, getting a loved on residence in the United States, and finalizing your marriage to an immigrant, among other procedures. This paperwork is usually extensive and complicated, and without the help of an expert, there are lots of opportunities to make mistakes that sink your entire application permanently.

No matter what you’re situation is, you have options. Your expert immigration attorney can lay out these options in front of you, making sure you understand the full scope of your circumstances. Whether you’re facing deportation or something else, your situation is likely very sensitive, and urgent. Isn’t it important that you understand those options that you can take moving forward?

CLIA services are catered to low-income individuals or those who have suffered domestic violence. If you do not meet those criteria we offer a sliding scale to ensure that our services are cost-effective.

Thanks to funding from various donors and grants our office is able to provide direct legal immigration services. 

We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law.

CLIA analyzes all cases for eligibility, file the required forms, and adheres to high ethical standards to ensure sustainability and transparency.

Fill out an intake form online, which can be found under New Client or pick up an intake at our office. You should be prepared to provide your phone number, address, the immigration-related concern you have, what country you are from, and when/how you entered the country. Our attorneys and DOJ-accredited legal representatives meet every Thursday (unless it is a federal holiday) to discuss cases. 

To become a client follow the link to fill out an intake form online  and complete online or email to with the subject line New Intake. You may also choose to mail us your intake at 3047 N 70th St Lincoln, NE 68507.