At age 15, attorney Ayleen Lay emigrated from Cuba through the diversity lottery program with her parents. Despite the challenges of mastering a new language and making new friends, Ayleen was thriving in a very capitalist Miami.
In Miami, attorney Ayleen became part of the melting pot that is America. She developed an understanding and admiration for the vast influence of immigrants—their work ethic, resiliency, and contributions towards building a flourishing metropolis. This appreciation fueled her desire to become an attorney and help immigrants like herself thrive in the United States.
Attorney Ayleen Lay studied finance and languages as an undergraduate and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. Ayleen continued her educational pursuits at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, in Orlando, Florida culminating with her law degree in 2015. In her first year in law school, she was able to complete all prerequisites to expedite her participation in the university’s Immigration Clinic, becoming the youngest second year student to be accepted into the program.
Her drive to hone her legal knowledge in the field of immigration was not contained to her work as a student. During her time in school, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen and was accepted into the competitive externship program with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, gaining valuable professional experience and knowledge with respect to deportation proceedings. After her externship, attorney Ayleen Lay continued to complement her legal studies working as a legal assistant in various immigration offices in Orlando. Her experience made her an attractive candidate and led to her obtaining the position of Law Clerk with Vazquez & Poudat, PLLC, which naturally led to her current role as an Associate Attorney upon her Florida Bar licensure.
Attorney Ayleen Lay is licensed to practice in the state of Florida and is an active member of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar.
In addition to her work as an attorney, attorney Ayleen Lay volunteers with non-profit legal organizations such as Catholic Charities and Justice For Our Neighbors. Thanks to volunteers like Ayleen, these organizations can provide free and low-cost legal immigration services.
During her free time, Ayleen Lay enjoys networking, participating in sporting events, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.