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About Hilari

Hilari Allred received her J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, in May of 2000.

While in law school, she represented asylum clients through the International Human Rights Law Clinic. After graduating from law school, she worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, in Palo Alto.

She began her career in immigration law at the Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe in August of 2001, and started her own solo practice in Oakland, California in July of 2006, which focuses on removal defense, asylum, family-based immigration, and appeals.

Before becoming an attorney, Hilari taught French language and literature as Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College and Miami University of Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in French from Yale University and a masters degree in French from Cornell University. Hilari lived for two years in Paris, including a year as a visiting fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure on a Chauteaubriand Fellowship from the French government. She has also spent a summer in Regensburg, Germany, studying German language and culture with the support of a DAAD German government fellowship.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a major in French. Hilari is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA). She is admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In November of 2004, she successfully argued Lolong v. Ashcroft, 400 F.3d 1215, 1219 (9th Cir. 2005) before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hilari has also served on the Executive Board for AILA Northern California, as AILA’s 2005-2007 liaison for to the Office of the Chief Counsel in San Francisco, liaison for Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2007 to 2011. She has given presentations on immigration law topics for AILA of Northern California, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and at Hastings School of Law. Hilari speaks French, Spanish, and some Persian. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running in Oakland’s regional parks, and music, and she is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir.