Meghan is from an American military family, and after her father’s deployment to Iraq, she developed a desire to one day work in diplomacy and international relations. To pursue this calling, she attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Political Science and French and spent one year as an exchange student at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.

After graduating cum laude in 2011, she worked with the Victim/Witness Division of Ohio’s Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. In this role, she would travel to area hospitals to meet survivors of sexual assault to provide them with support and information during their forensic exams. She also volunteered with the Miami Valley’s Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Resettlement division.

This work led to the realization that her abstract hope to work in foreign policy needed concrete knowledge that only an education in law could provide. She decided to pursue her law degree at William and Mary in Virginia, and focused her legal studies on international law, immigration, and human rights.

During law school, she interned at PASSOP in Cape Town, South Africa, and GAIN in Atlanta, Georgia, two non-profit organizations focused on the rights of refugees and humanitarian immigration relief. She also assisted Professor Christie Warren with comparative law and post-conflict justice research and served as an article editor on the William and Mary Law Review.

After law school, she interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which investigates and prosecutes the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. After this internship, she was named the Drapers Scholar, which allowed her to earn an LLM in Public International Law at Queen Mary University of London and live at Goodenough College. During her time in London, Meghan interned with two non-profit organizations, The AIRE Centre and Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF or Doctors without Borders) and assisted these organizations with legal research and cases involving migrant clients who were asylum seekers, refugees, or victims of human trafficking.

Upon returning to the United States, Meghan worked as a Legal Research Consultant with LexisNexis in Dayton, Ohio. She then became an immigration associate at a boutique immigration law firm, in Richmond, Virginia, where she worked for over two years. Now as an associate of Immigrants First with Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian’s Immigration Law Practice Group, she primarily handles family and humanitarian immigration, Special Immigrant Juvenile custody, and removal defense cases and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, admitted to practice before the Eastern District of Virginia and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Courts, and fluent in French.