Maria Cobarrubias earned a double Bachelors of Arts from Oregon State University in 2003. While at Oregon State she played a very active role on campus with many student groups and was on the Student Conduct Committee. She then packed up and moved to Costa Mesa, California where she attended Whittier College, School of Law, earning her J.D. in 2007. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2007. While at Whittier, Ms. Cobarrubias earned several scholarships for academic excellence and clerked at the insurance defense firm of Waters, McCluskey & Boehle from 2004 through 2007.
Ms. Cobarrubias was an associate at Waters, McCluskey & Boehle, located in El Segundo, California, for 3.5 years practicing civil litigation. Ms. Cobarrubias is a senior associate with Valencia & Associates, practicing exclusively immigration law, which was her goal since she started her first year in law school. She handles several pro bono cases and volunteers her time with the Public Law Center, NALEO and other community organizations to help the immigrant community. Ms. Cobarrubias is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California, as well as in the United States District Court, Central District of California. She was recently featured in an article in the Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 2013 edition regarding Amnesty. Ms. Cobarrubias is a member of the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association.
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