Meet Our Attorneys
In 2010, Ms. Bazzi established the Immigration Law Offices of Sarah K. Bazzi, Esq. LLC because she saw a need for dedicated, honest, ethical attorneys to provide fairly priced legal services for all immigrants, especially those with difficult cases. Ms. Leticia Corona works as an associate attorney and Sara McDowell work as a contract attorney in the firm. We have four staff members. Everyone in the firm speaks Spanish and 90% of our clients are Mexican or Central American. We do many asylum cases, U-visas, and immigration court defense and specialize in cases involving children and domestic violence. Our practice is limited to federal immigration law.

Sarah K. Bazzi, Esq.

Prior to opening her law firm, Ms. Bazzi was a judicial law clerk for the Miami Immigration Court with the Prestigious Department of Justice Attorney General's Honors Program and a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii. Ms. Bazzi graduated summa cum laude, in the top 5% of her class, from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 2006. She is barred by the state of Hawaii.

Ms. Bazzi speaks Spanish, conversational Portuguese, and some French. She has traveled extensively in Central, South America, Southern Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. She lived in Hawaii for nine years so is accustomed to living in culturally diverse environments.

Legal Experience:

  • From 2006-2007, Ms. Bazzi was one of three law clerks to the 20+ immigration judges at the Miami Immigration Court.  She researched immigration law and drafted legal opinions for Immigration Judges.  She received a performance evaluation of outstanding.
  • From 2007-2009, she was a law clerk to Justice James E. Duffy of the Hawaii Supreme Court, the highest-level appellate state court in Hawaii.  While there, Ms. Bazzi conducted legal research and drafted legal opinions for her Justice, many of which were published.
  • In 2008-2009, Ms. Bazzi also worked as a legal writing professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and Assistant Director of the Legal Writing Program for the Part-time Law Students.
  • 2005, Judicial Extern to Michael F. Broderick, Family Court Judge.  While there, Ms. Bazzi conducted legal research for the judge.
  • 2005-2006, Research Assistant to Professor Jill Ramsfield.  Ms. Bazzi helped design Professor Ramsfield’s legal writing curriculum and was a teaching assistant to several writing professors.
  • 2004, Law Clerk at Na Loio Immigrant Rights and Public Interest Legal Center, a non-profit organization in Honolulu, Hawaii that provides free legal services to immigrants.

Legal Education:

Ms. Bazzi graduated summa cum laude, in the top 5% of her class, from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 2006

Honors in Law School Include:

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Asylum, Refugees, and Forced Migration (highest grade) and Criminal Procedure (highest grade);
  • Appellate Advocacy, best oralist in section;
  • Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation Scholarship;
  • James E. Koshiba Scholarship for Public Interest Law;
  • Association of Public Interest Lawyers grantee.

Activities in Law School Include:

  • Hispanic Moot Court Arguing Member;
  • Hawaii Women Lawyers Law Student Board Member;
  • Association of Public Interest Lawyers Board Member;
  • American Inns of Court;
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. 

Professional Associations:

Other Experience:

Ms. Bazzi holds a Masters Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Bazzi taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at several institutions, including University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Sanz School, LADO International College, and Inlingua.

Leticia A. Corona, Esq.

Ms. Corona was born to Mexican parents on the White Sands Missile Range located just outside Alamogordo, New Mexico.  As a child of a member of the U.S. military, she has lived in different parts of the world, such as Germany, Oklahoma, and El Paso, Texas and has family on both sides of the U.S. border. 
Her diverse background allows her to relate and work with clients with limited English skills and unfamiliarity with U.S. laws and American customs.  Ms. Corona is fluent in Spanish and has a reputation for effectiveness and rapport with clients, particularly among Spanish-speaking immigrants whose initial immigration applications were rejected. 

Ms. Corona was the first in her family to attend college.  She attended George Mason University and majored in religion.  While in college, she taught English classes and tutored students seeking GEDs.  She later attended University of the District of Columbia - The David A. Clarke School of Law on scholarship and was a member of the University of the District of Columbia law review.

Ms. Corona chose to become an immigration attorney so she could help people navigate the immigration system, as so many of her family members have done.  Her commitment as an advocate for immigrants is grounded in her belief that the American Dream should be accessible.  She supports extending the eligibility of asylum and wrote a law review article on extending asylum for Mexican crime victims.

Ms. Corona is dedicated to helping clients through the overwhelming and confusing experience of immigration applications and denials.  In carrying out her legal tasks, Ms. Corona uses plain language to explain the law and the immigration process, the consequences of clients’ decisions, and the potential legislation.  Accordingly, she provides an empathetic and complete counseling that includes the high stakes involved—the lives and futures of individual persons and their families, here and abroad.

Sara McDowell, Esq.

Sara is an associate attorney with our office specializing in asylum and complicated waiver cases. She is from upstate New York and speaks Spanish.

Legal Experience:

  • From 2013-2015, Ms. McDowell served as an immigration law consultant and was of counsel to the Law Offices of Sarah K. Bazzi.
  • From 2007-2013, Ms. McDowell was the Senior Immigration Attorney with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). In this capacity Ms. McDowell oversaw a legal pro bono project that served unaccompanied immigrant children throughout the United States. Ms. McDowell provided technical assistance to pro bonoattorneys, conducted continuous legal education trainings, and spoke at various conferences on legal issues related to immigrant children. Ms. McDowell collaborated with foreign officials, U.S. government agencies, and civil society in advocating on behalf of immigrant children. She also supervised staff attorneys, program staff, and interns who provided direct representation and pro bono matching to the children.
  • From 2004-2007, Ms. McDowell practiced immigration law with firms in Syracuse, NY and Washington, DC, representing clients in removal proceedings, handled appellate cases, naturalization hearings, and worked on family, employment, and nonimmigrant applications.
  • From 2003-2004, Ms. McDowell was the Equal Justice Works fellow with the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center (PIRC) in York, PA. Ms. McDowell’s fellowship provided representation to the most vulnerable immigrant detained in York County Prison, and the Berks County Youth and Family Shelter, serving women, children, and individuals with mental illnesses.
  • From 2002-2003, Ms. McDowell was a member of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services, at Villanova Law School, and represented an unaccompanied immigrant child in his defensive asylum claim.

Legal Education:

Ms. McDowell graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2003. While at Villanova, Ms. McDowell was awarded a Villanova Public Interest Summer Fellowship, was secretary of the International Law Society, and participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, receiving third place memorial.

Ms. McDowell obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY in 2000 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Association and Bar Membership:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Conference Presentations:

  • On Their Own: Protecting the Rights of Immigrant Children. April 3-5, 2008, Chicago, IL.
  • Working with Pro Bono Attorneys and Developing Pro Bono Resources.
  • Human Rights First, Training on Particular Social Group, January 14, 2009 Presented on particular social group claims related to gang violence.
  • Which Way Home: A fund-raiser in support of the Berks Advocates for Families in Detention Fund. October 15, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the GoggleWorks Theater, Reading, PA. Ms. McDowell was a panelist following the screening of the film.
  • Cual es el Camino a mi casa? Instituto Technologico de Tapachula, Tapachula, MX, April 2011. Presented on the realities of child immigration to the United States and U.S. immigration laws.
  • Infancia y Violencia en el Hogar: Consideraciones par alas Politicas Publicas, El Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades “Alfonso Velez Pliego” de la Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla y la Fundacion Juconi, A.C. Puebla, MX, April 4th and 5th 2011. Presented on the realities of child immigration to the United States and U.S. immigration laws.
  • Which Way Home: Northern Illinois University College of Law 20th Annual Law Review Symposium on Human Trafficking, April 15, 2011, DeKalb, IL. Policy Implications of Human Trafficking
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