Law Clinic Professor Hiroko Kusuda was recently chosen as the Pro Bono Champion of the Mid South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Professor Kusuda has a long history of representing large numbers of clients pro bono, teaching students about pro bono immigration services, mentoring pro bono attorneys, providing trainings at regional and national conferences regarding humanitarian relief, and providing advocacy and rights workshops to vulnerable communities. She is unparalleled in the breadth and depth of her pro bono service in the Midsouth region.
Under Professor Kusuda’s direction, students in Loyola's Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice represent vulnerable immigrants before the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, federal and state courts. The Immigration Clinic represents 161 cases on its own, and through the Children's Rights Clinic it represents an additional 82 children in Special Immigrant Juvenile proceedings. Recently the Immigration Clinic held know your rights events in many places in Louisiana and Mississippi, from detention centers to health clinics and community centers.