Jocelyn A. Cortez
LAS VEGAS ATTORNEY
As an immigrant from El Salvador, Jocelyn experienced first-hand what it meant to be in immigration court with her future hanging in the balance. This experience laid the foundation for her dream of representing immigrants in a compassionate and effective way. Jocelyn has fulfilled this dream at the De Castroverde Law Group, where she leads the immigration practice group. Because Jocelyn is a native Spanish-speaker, she is able to assist many of the firm’s clients in their native language. Jocelyn is especially proud to be practicing law at the De Castroverde Law Group because the firm is located in the neighborhood where she grew up.
In 2003, Jocelyn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Jocelyn studied law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, a top-tier law school, and received her law degree in 2006. During law school, Jocelyn was a member and business editor of the Arizona Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Jocelyn served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Valorie J. Vega, District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada. After concluding her clerkship, Jocelyn practiced with the England Law Office for almost four years. There, she represented employees in an array of employment law issues, including claims involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as Nevada anti-discrimination law.
Jocelyn is licensed to practice law in Nevada and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. In 2012, she served as President of the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association, an affiliate of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She continues to be a member of the organization, including serving as a board member in 2014.
Jocelyn has continually been recognized as one of Nevada’s up-and-coming attorneys. Super Lawyers® Magazine included her in its 2014, 2015 and 2016 Nevada Rising Stars℠ list, which recognizes leading lawyers in the state who are either 40 years old or younger, or who have 10 years or less of practice experience. This is a highly prestigious listing, as it includes no more than 2.5 percent of the state’s lawyers. Other honors include being named a Top Lawyer in Southern Nevada by Desert Companion magazine in 2014 and a “Women in Law” featured attorney in Attorney At Law Magazine in 2013.
As part of her commitment to the community, Jocelyn has given free seminars on basic immigration law, has volunteered in numerous free workshops to encourage youth to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and has assisted with free U.S. citizenship drives. She has served as a Community Advisory Board member for the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at UNLV, a volunteer attorney for the Huellas mentoring program at William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law at the State Bar of Nevada/Latino Bar Association. She is presently a Board of Trustees member for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) and a member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce.
As an expert on Las Vegas immigration law, Jocelyn is interviewed frequently by both Spanish and English-language media outlets throughout Nevada and the U.S. De Castroverde Law Group also handles cases surrounding criminal defense and personal injury in Las Vegas.