VOL. 122 | NO. 144 | Thursday, August 02, 2007
Memphis Law Talk
Mansour Taps Immigrant Heritage In Work at Apperson Crump
By Amy O. Williams
Name: Mona Mansour
Company: Apperson, Crump & Maxwell PLC
Basics: Mansour is one of three attorneys handling the firm's new immigration practice.
"Unlike any other practice area, immigrants are the most easily exploited because of their natural fears of authority. Because of my background, I've witnessed such exploitation and I feel it is essential that integrity is upheld in this practice."
- Mona Mansour
Mona Mansour recently joined the law firm of Apperson, Crump & Maxwell PLC, becoming one of three attorneys who will handle the firm's new immigration practice. She is working with attorneys Tara M. Ryan and Sarah E. Meltzer.
In addition to immigration law, Mansour also practices human rights law and business law. She is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Mansour, whose parents are from Palestine, speaks fluent Arabic.
Q: What made you want to study law and was it something you always wanted to do?
A: I always wanted to be a lawyer. Actually, my high school yearbook will tell you that I wanted to be the president of the United States - and maybe that'll happen one day. Actually, I have always been into human rights law and immigration because of my background. Both of my parents were immigrants from Palestine who came to the States in the '70s. I have been to the West Bank several times, which sparked my interest in international human rights law.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born and raised in Arlington, Va., right outside of the nation's capital.
Q: Where did receive your undergraduate and law degrees?
A: I went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance and business economics and public policy and a minor in Judaic studies. I graduated in 1998. I received my law degree from (the University of Memphis) Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2003.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge so far?
A: I consider myself both Palestinian and American. Growing up, neither of my parents spoke English and I attended a traditional Islamic school, yet I still had many of the interests and mindsets of any American child. Assimilating into the American culture required the careful balance of both respecting my heritage, yet embracing my very American life.
Q: What is the best part about your job?
A: The best part of my job is meeting with clients from all over the world.
Q: What plans do you have for the immigration practice at Apperson Crump?
A: I plan to expand this practice group and reach out to immigrants from all parts of the Mid-South with true and honest assistance, which I feel is lacking in this practice area. Unlike any other practice area, immigrants are the most easily exploited because of their natural fears of authority. Because of my background, I've witnessed such exploitation and I feel it is essential that integrity is upheld in this practice.
Q: What are you most proud of, personally and professionally?
A: I am most proud of my educational accomplishments. I am also very proud of the practice I have built in the last few months.
Q: If you had not become a lawyer, what would you be doing now?
A: I cannot see myself doing anything other than law. If not immigration, I would be some kind of human rights activist on Middle East affairs.
Q: What do you do when you are not working?
A: When I am not at work I am at home with my family. I have three kids of my own that keep me very busy. I also run daily and enjoy aeroboxing classes.