Hiroko Kusuda is Clinic Professor and Director of Immigration Law Section of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. Under her supervision, student practitioners represent clients before the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and federal courts. Professor Kusuda also trains her students to engage in administrative advocacy with federal and state agencies for their clients. Prior to joining Loyola Professor Kusuda was Detention Attorney at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a subsidiary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. During her tenure at CLINIC, she represented hundreds of detained immigrants before the Oakdale Immigration Court, conducted the Know Your Rights immigration program at Louisiana detention centers. She also managed CLINIC’s Louisiana Deportation and Detention Representation Project, providing technical assistance to Catholic diocesan immigration programs created after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Professor Kusuda is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at conferences and seminars on various immigration law topics. A long-time member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and mentor on removal defense and asylum law, Professor Kusuda is a co-founder of the Louisiana Immigrant Representation Working Group (LIRWG) for which she serves as the chair of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Sub-Group of LIRWG. She is also a member of Louisiana State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. Professor Kusuda received Gillis Long Poverty Law Center’s Public Service Award in 2014 and Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2016. Professor Kusuda currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Center for Migration Studies.
J.D., Tulane University, 1993; B.A., Tsuda College, 1985