Kelcey Baker

Kelcey Baker

Charlotte, North Carolina,
Kelcey Baker has been working in the field of U.S. immigration law since 2012. Before she started law school, she was an immigration paralegal at Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a summer associate and law clerk for Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm for two summers. During law school, she worked on asylum and VAWA cases in the Immigration Law Clinic, and co-authored a handbook on using expert witnesses in asylum cases. She also interned with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), writing legal briefs for asylum cases in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Baker represents employers and employees in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, healthcare, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, and academia. She has experience in the preparation of complex nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, including specialty occupation, extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, investors, and multinational executive and manager petitions. Ms. Baker also has experience working with employers to navigate the increasingly complex regulations and policies in immigration law. Ms. Baker enjoys cooking, films, and concerts - her favorite forms of cultural exchange.

Honors and Awards

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Law Student of the Year, 2018

Published Works

  • Expert Witnesses in U.S. Asylum Cases: A Handbook

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2018


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2018
    • Honors: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Law Student of the Year, 2018
    • Honors: Recognition of over 100 Pro Bono Hours
    • Honors: Participated in Immigration Law Clinic 3L year
  • Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
    • B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) - 2012
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society)
    • Major: International Studies & French

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2017 - 2018
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar, Member
  • National Lawyer’s Guild, Member, 2017 - 2018
  • Immigration Law Association, President, 2017 - 2018
  • Immigration Law Association, Vice President, 2016 - 2017
  • Immigration Law Association, Member, 2015 - 2016
  • CLE Conference on Race, Class, Gender, & Ethnicity, Co-chair, President, 2017 - 2018
  • Lambda Law Students Association, Pro Bono Name Change Clinic Coordinator, 2016 - 2018
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice, President, 2016 - 2018

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bond and Parole Work at Folkston, GA Detention Center with SIFI/SPLC
  • Transgender Name Change Clinic Coordinator, 2016 - 2018