Therese Stewart's Profile

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Dr. Stewart has a career in both education and law. A former college professor in the field of education, she has been working in the field of immigration since 1984. Having traveled extensively around the world, she has a keen interested in a broad range of peoples and cultures. 

Her immigration career has centered on employment-based immigration, but she has handled a variety of matters over many years, including family petitions, student visa applications, and appeals to the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services. 

Dr. Stewart regards the education of clients about U.S. immigration laws as a centerpiece of her work, combining her dedication to teaching and practicing law.


Immigration Law Practice, Law Office of Joel Stewart,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

1984 - 2009

Paralegal and Office Administrator. Research and writing in the area of application for labor certification, immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, applications for residency, and consular processing. Responsibility for financial aspects of business including payroll, client billing, and accounting.

Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, FL

2004 - 2005

Central Staff Attorney. Wrote bench memoranda for panels of judges. Researched the law on issues in petitions for extraordinary writs, non-final appeals, and post-conviction motions. Drafted statements of facts, analysis, and recommendations for rulings.

Joel Stewart, Esq.

Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL

2009 - Present

Attorney. In field of immigration law, researching and filing employment-based and family-based cases. Writing motions for review and appeals to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and the U.S. Department of State. Representing individual and corporate clients.



Harvard University


M.A.T. (Mathematics). National Science Foundation Fellow.

Teachers College, Columbia University


Ed.D. (Curriculum and Teaching). Noyes Foundation Fellow.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center


J.D., summa cum laude. Goodwin Scholar. 


Volunteer Experience

Harvard Club of Broward County

1991 - Present

Chairperson, Schools Committee, 1991-present. President, 1997-99.

Harvard Alumni Association

1996 - 1998

Regional Director, Eastern Florida & the Islands

Harvard Alumni Association


Hiram Hunn Award for service to Harvard College Admissions. 



Women Moving Forward Conference

Dec. 10, 2005

U.S. Asylum Law Confronts Domestic Violence: Matter of R-A-.