Robert Armstrong graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law in 2013 after receiving a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies in 2010 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication with a Minor in Legal Reasoning in 2009, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 2014.
Before joining Reina & Bates, Mr. Armstrong spent over two years representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. In 2011 he served as a child advocate at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. After law school, he accepted a Public Service Initiative fellowship and moved to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. While there, he worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project of the American Bar Association where he helped unaccompanied minors gain legal status in the United States. In 2014, Mr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first Justice Americorps attorney fellows, and he served at Catholic Charities of Dallas representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. While there, he successfully handled Special Immigrant Juvenile matters, asylum cases, U-Visa applications, and other humanitarian relief.
Robert’s interest in working with unaccompanied minor immigrants is rooted in his history as a long-time resident of the El Paso-Juarez borderplex and his own experience as a Panamanian American. A native Spanish speaker, he is also fluent in Portuguese and conversational in German.