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Hiroko Kusuda

Clinical Professor


J.D., Tulane University, 1993

B.A., Tsuda College, 1985


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Immigration Law


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 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 represented detained immigrants in Louisiana as a 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 and 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 in the Gulf South 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), a coalition of private, non-profit, judicial, and government attorneys with a focus on increasing legal representation of immigrants in Louisiana. She is also a member of Louisiana State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association and admitted to practice before all Louisiana courts, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Louisiana, U.S. Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Supreme Court. 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 serves on the Board of Center for Migration Studies, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and Jesuit Refugee Service USA.