One of our speakers for Saturday’s Pancakes & Politics will be Laura Glass-Hess. Laura has worked passionately to protect the rights of the accused and vulnerable since graduating from UGA Law School in 2007. Laura spent 8 years in Arizona, representing farmworkers on the U.S.-Mexico border and serving as a public defender in Phoenix, where she consistently maintained a winning trial record. Through living and working in a county known for anti-immigrant policies, Laura saw the direct impact of brutal criminal laws and harsh immigration enforcement on families and communities. Laura has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and is committed to justice internationally. She studied Spanish in Guatemala, worked in Peru with a non-profit that represents child victims of sexual violence, and trained Mexican attorneys in trial advocacy through a joint program of the Mexican government and the US Department of Justice.
Laura moved back home to Georgia in 2016, where she volunteers regularly with El Refugio, a ministry that provides hospitality to family members of immigrants detained in south Georgia. Laura is the managing attorney of GlassHessLaw, LLC, specializing in providing high-quality legal representation to people in immigration and criminal defense matters.