ATLANTA — She has been named one of the most powerful women in law by Latino Leaders Magazine and one of the most influential Latinos in Georgia by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Pamela Peynado (J.D. ’14), an Atlanta-based immigration attorney and Judge Pro Hac Vice for the Municipal Court of Atlanta, is the youngest and only female partner in the history of Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group.
On May 12, 2023, Peynado will add a new title to her litany of accomplishments, when she delivers the commencement address at the Georgia State University College of Law Hooding and Commencement Ceremony. Peynado’s extensive expertise and notable achievements will leave a lasting impact on the graduates, as they embark on their professional journeys.
“It is an honor to serve as the commencement speaker for the Georgia State University College of Law class of 2023. I am absolutely ecstatic to seize this incredible opportunity to ignite a fire within the graduates, fueling their passion and empowering them to create a positive impact on the world,” said Peynado.
She developed a passion for immigration law as a student at Georgia State University while pursuing a bachelor of the arts degree, and working as a receptionist with Attorney George E. Lee, the founding partner of Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group.
Her talent, dedication, and commitment to excellence propelled her to become the youngest and first female partner in the history of the very same law firm.
Peynado went from a receptionist to a partner at the firm where she now owns 50 percent. Georgia State Professor of Law Tanya Washington said Peynado was a student in her Race Law class. The course challenges students to interpret the law in its historical context and apply it in full view to those that are impacted by it.
“…Her observations and questions were always thoughtful and focused on equity and procedural fairness, particularly in the immigration context. I am not surprised that her passion and intellect led her to a successful career as a law partner and judge,” said Professor Washington.
Peynado also makes it a point to stay connected to the community and help those in need. Her philanthropic pursuits, which include being active in various charitable organizations and taking on pro bono legal work, reflect her commitment to serving others.
Peynado is also the owner of a nonprofit organization called The Love Project 404 (TLP 404). TLP 404 is dedicated to empowering marginalized individuals by providing access to essential resources and financial assistance. Since its inception in June 2020, TLP 404 has posted over $300,000 in bail for those who could not afford it, mentored over 100 young minority women, awarded $40,000 in scholarships, and covered rent and utilities for local families.
The College of Law 2023 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony will take place at the Georgia State University Convocation Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023. For more information log on to Commencement – College of Law (gsu.edu)
-Written by Jaya Franklin