Kathleen began her career in immigration law working in the International Student Affairs office of Loyola University New Orleans. Her work with students and scholars led her to law school with the passion and intent to pursue immigration law. She worked her way through the evening program and obtained her J.D. in 2002 from Loyola University, New Orleans. She was then selected for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served as a judicial law clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Oakdale, Louisiana. For more than a decade, she worked with David Ware & Associates and the firm of Ware|Gasparian as partner.
Kathleen is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served as the Chair and Treasurer of AILA’s Mid-South Chapter, and as the chair of AILA’s national liaison committee to the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She regularly serves as an expert speaker at AILA, NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and other continuing legal education conferences.
She serves as a Regulatory Ombudsperson for Scholar Issues for NAFSA Region III, on the Board for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University, New Orleans.
Kathleen has authored and co-authored a number of articles on immigration including “An Immigration Primer for Primary and Secondary Schools” in The Admissions Review, and “Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant” in the 2012 Immigration Practice Pointers, published by AILA. Gambit, the alternative weekly in New Orleans, named her one of its “40 under 40” in 2012 for her success as an attorney.
In 2014, she founded a program to match immigrant children with pro bono legal representation - PB&J: Pro Bono and Juveniles. The program continues to recruit, train, and mentor attorneys to represent children in immigration proceedings. For her efforts on behalf of children, Kathleen is a 2014 recipient of the 2014 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award.
J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2002