Amelia Ruiz Fischer
Amelia Ruiz Fischer recently fulfilled her lifelong dream when she left the bright city lights of Austin after eleven years there and moved back home to Nacogdoches, Texas in 2015 to join her dad and hero Richard S. Fischer in his law practice, now called Fischer & Fischer, Attorneys at Law. Amelia is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. in Plan II and Latin American Studies; J.D. 2012). She began her career as an Equal Justice Works fellow, and later staff attorney, at the Texas Civil Rights Project, where she litigated civil rights cases on behalf of low-income people and focused her work on fighting ICE detainers both in litigation and advocacy in a local campaign, led by directly-affected immigrant community members, to end localities’ cooperation with immigration enforcement. Amelia also headed TCRP’s DACA Project, for which she ran free legal clinics in rural Texas areas. She is fluent in Spanish, her native language, and feels honored to serve the immigrant community in East Texas in immigration, civil rights, and employment matters in state and federal courts. Amelia is a frequent presenter at immigration law conferences, and she has been cited in publications including The Austin American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The Texas Tribune, The Associated Press, and The New York Times.
She is enjoying the slower pace of life the move to Nacogdoches has brought, and couldn’t imagine a better way to spend it than with her parents (who are also her neighbors), her touring-musician-turned-professor husband Tyler Welsh, and the newest addition to the Fischer clan, their three-year old child, Joaquín, who is the greatest joy of her life.