U.S. Immigration Attorney & Emotional Intelligence Educator
Esperanza Franco is a Spanish-U.S. immigration lawyer, emotional intelligence educator, and the author of “Emotionally Intelligent Lawyers: How to Navigate the Psychological Implications of Becoming a Lawyer.” She’s been featured in the Arizona Attorney Magazine for her series on the lawyer mental health crisis and won the 2021 International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging competition on Lawyer Well-being. Esperanza is the founder of Esperanza is Hope, where she teaches academic strategy, lawyer well-being and legal writing to law students. She is an active speaker on law students’ and lawyers’ mental health and a certified mindfulness teacher at the Google-born SIY Leadership Institute.
Esperanza has worked as a detention attorney for asylum seekers and trauma survivors in Arizona prisons and is currently a remote immigration attorney and appeals writer. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she currently serves on the AILA’s Publications Committee and has spoken about lawyer well-being on a national level. She has an LL.B. in Law and International Relations from Universidad Pontificia Comillas – ICADE, an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law, where she was a member of the Arizona Law Review and received the Dean’s Award for Community Engagement.