Location: Berkeley, California
Phone: 415-627-9161
Fax: 510-679-1710
Email: Email Me

Cara Jobson received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Prior to law school, she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.

Ms. Jobson has worked on legal issues affecting the LGBT immigrant community for over fifteen years, and she worked on some of the first asylum cases in the United States based on sexual orientation. Her work on behalf of immigrants has been covered by California Lawyer Magazine, KALW Public Radio, and the BBC, among other media.

She serves as Of Counsel to NCLR on their immigration matters. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Pride Law Fund, which promotes the legal rights of the LGBT community and persons living with HIV and AIDS and on the Board of Directors of Small Schools for Equity.

Ms. Jobson frequently provides trainings to community groups and non-profits on immigration law. She is a mentor attorney for the pro bono asylum program of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In 2011, she received an award for Outstanding Public Service from the Bar Association of San Francisco and in 2013 she received a Community Partner award from NCLR.

Since 2009, Ms. Jobson has been recognized every year by California Super Lawyer Magazine.

Ms. Jobson is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of California.

Ms. Jobson has lived in El Salvador and Mexico. She attended the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, where she studied Mexican history and literature. She is fluent in Spanish.

Northern California Immigration Attorney
rated by Super Lawyers


Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Southern District of California


University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
J.D. – 2001
University of California, Santa Cruz, California – 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships

Pride Law Fund, Board of Directors
Small Schools for Equity, Board of Directors
State Bar of California, Member
American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), Member

Pro Bono Activities

Of Counsel, NCLR
Mentor Attorney, Pro-Bono Asylum Program of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Volunteer Attorney, La Raza Centro Legal Immigration Clinic
Volunteer Attorney, AIDS Legal Referral Panel