Originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Kara Lynum graduated from William Mitchell College of Law.  She has over nine years of extensive experience in immigration law.  She regularly files petitions and waivers with U.S. CIS, U.S. consulates abroad and appears before immigration judges.  Kara has worked on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has drafted and filed mandamus complaints in federal district court.  


  • 2015 National Advocate of the Year, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • 2015 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2016 Access to Justice Award, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • 2017 Pro Bono Champion, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas chapter)
  • 2017 Special Recognition Award, The Advocates for Human Rights

CLE Presentations

  • Advanced Crimmigration Part II, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter), October 2012
  • Immigration Law for Family Lawyers: Part I, Ramsey County Bar Association, October 2014
  • Immigration Law for Family Lawyers, Part II, Ramsey County Bar Association, January 2015
  • Artesia:  A Volunteer's Perspective, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter), November 2014
  • President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions and Your Practice, Ramsey County Bar Association, February 26, 2015
  • U Visas, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, April 24, 2015 
  • Family Detention:  A Crisis Within Our Borders, University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Public Health and St. Thomas School of Law, November 2015, April 2016, November 2016, April 2017
  • Issues in Inadmissibility, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, May 12, 2016
  • Immigration Law for Family Attorneys, Ramsey County Bar Association, December 1, 2016
  • President Trump’s Executive Orders Relating to Travel, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, March 11, 2017
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, May 19, 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Immigration Project
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association