Rachel L. D. Thompson

Rachel L. D. Thompson, an immigration and adoption attorney, is a partner at Poarch Thompson Law. She serves on the Federal Bar Association’s Advisory board, is a committee member of its Young Lawyers Division, is the Chair of their Law School Committee, and also speaks annually at its conferences. She has been the recipient of the FBA-ILS Younger “Lawyer of the Year Award” (2018), DePaul Community Resources presented her with the “Alison Parker Young Woman of Achievement Award” (2016), and listed in Roanoker Magazine’s Class of 2020 for “40 Under 40.” Alongside being one of Poarch Thompson Law’s managing attorney, she is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University School of Law. Rachel first moved to Southwest Virginia when she attended Liberty University School of Law (Lynchburg, Virginia), graduating in May 2012. The multiculturalism inherent in her native city (Philadelphia) and her family (Rachel’s mother was raised in South Africa during apartheid and her father was raised in Jamaica) instilled an early and profound love for diverse cultures, hope in the possibilities of immigration.

Who is your hero?

Nelson Mandela

Aside from basic necessities, what could you not go a day without (activity, person, thing etc)?

Sports

What one luxury would you take with you on a deserted island?

A television with ESPN

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Warning: Comeback to me in a day, I need time to process

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Serena Williams 

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oxtail and dumplings 

Rachel L. D. Thompson is a partner at Poarch Thompson. Rachel first moved to Southwest Virginia when she attended Liberty University School of Law (Lynchburg, Virginia), graduating in May 2012. The multiculturalism inherent in her native city (Philadelphia) and her family (Rachel’s mother was raised in South Africa during apartheid and her father was raised in Jamaica) instilled an early and profound love for diverse cultures, hope in the possibilities of immigration, and a fascination with other languages. From her early experience of faith and community (Rachel’s childhood church, which her father still pastors is a congregation with immigrants from myriad African and Caribbean countries) Rachel learned the value and power of moving beyond where you came from even while cherishing your roots. When Rachel watched her mother become a naturalized U.S. Citizen, it only cemented Rachel’s desire to work with multi-ethnic populations to assist with their immigration needs. 
 
She serves on the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section Advisory board and speaks annually at its national conferences. Rachel is also a member of its Young Lawyers Division Committee, which plans various continuing legal education programs for the ILS-YLD. Rachel also serves as chair of the FBA-ILS’ Law School Committee. She also serves on the Depaul Community Resources Board. She holds the position as secretary in the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. Rachel is licensed to practice law in Virginia (2013) as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2018, Rachel won the FBA-ILS Younger Lawyer of the Year Award and in 2016, DePaul Community Resources presented her with the Alison Parker Young Woman of Achievement Award. As of Spring 2019, she is an adjunct professor at Liberty University School of Law. 
   
Rachel and her family live in Salem, Virginia. When she’s not working, she’s watching sports with her family, spending time with friends or participating in a church small group study.

 Memberships

  • DePaul Community Resources (2017), Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section (2013 – Present),
  • Committee Member Younger Lawyers Division (2015 – Present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (2013 – Present)
  • Roanoke Bar Association (2013 – Present)
  • Virginia Women’s Attorney Association (2013 – Present), Vice President (2014 – 2015)
  • Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association (2013 – Present)

Education

    • B.A. Spanish Business, Messiah College
    • J.D., Liberty University School of Law

Bar Admission

  • Virginia State Bar, 2013

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