Mark Kowalewski’s parents settled in the United States after having been displaced from Poland following World War II. As the son of refugees Mark Kowalewski was the first United States citizen in his family by virtue of his birth in Southern California.

As a youth, Mark was raised adjacent to the mushroom farm where his father worked as a senior grower. On occasion, his outdoor play would be interrupted by migrant farm workers running through his backyard in an effort to escape the border patrol. His father would then explain that he would be working overtime now that his work force was in hiding.

Mark’s interest in law was triggered by a high school civics teach which so inspired him that the very next year he moved to Sacramento to attend college and explore future opportunities to serve the public. After graduating from CSU, Sacramento, he was offered a position on the staff of the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui. His work there gave him the opportunity to serve the public and really opened his eyes to the power of law.

Since obtaining a law degree passing the bar (2000), Mark has been applying his legal skills toward representing foreign nationals in administrative interviews and in hearings before immigration judges. He has successfully concluded over 500 cases in his career.
 

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate Lincoln Law School, Sacramento, CA 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts Government and Communications Studies CSU, Sacramento 1986
  • Practicing as an immigration lawyer for the past 15+ years
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California on December 6, 2000
  • Immigration law paralegal 1994-2000
  • Congressional Aide 1987-1994
  • Provides pro bono work for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society

There is a quote popular among immigration practitioners attributed to an INS spokeswoman that appeared in the Washington Post:

"Immigration is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation, and the lawyers who can figure it out are worth their weight in gold."

Kowalewski takes pride in being worth his weight in gold.