Hiroko Kusuda is Assistant Clinic Professor of Immigration Law Section of Loyola Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice. Professor Kusuda trains clinic student attorneys to gain essential litigation skills in the representation of non-citizens before the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, federal and state courts. Clinic students also learn the advocacy skills to achieve just results for their clients and to seek policy changes to systemic problems facing immigrant communities.
Prior to joining Loyola faculty, Professor Kusuda was Detention Attorney of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). In this capacity, she directed a state-wide detention project which includes the representation of detained immigrants, "Know Your Rights” program for detainees and the administrative advocacy with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) as well as other governmental agencies. Ms. Kusuda and her students continue the monthly Know Your Rights program at Tensas Parish Detention Center.
Professor Kusuda is a member of Louisiana State Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). She has served on the Executive Board of AILA Midsouth Chapter since 2000. She is AILA-ICE Liaison on immigration enforcement issues. Professor Kusuda has been a frequent speaker on immigration issues including AILA Annual Conference, Louisiana State Bar Association CLE, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference, Federal Public Defender Association Annual Conference, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Conference, and CLINIC Convening. Professor Kusuda is a graduate of Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan and Tulane University School of Law where she was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.
J.D., Tulane University, 1993; B.A., Tsuda College, 1985