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C. Mario Russell

C. Mario Russell

St. John's University School of Law
Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services

New York, NY, USA


C. Mario Russell, Esq.
Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities, Refugee and Immigration Legal Services; Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow (2007-2008); Adjunct Professor, St. John’s School of Law, Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic; B.A. (Philosophy), Haverford College; J.D. (Order of the Coif) University of Maryland School of Law.

Mario Russell principally conducts and supervises federal administrative and U.S. Court of Appeals litigation for asylum seekers and immigrants. He teaches the Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic at the St. John’s University School of Law and the New York Law School, as well as courses on domestic immigration law and comparative asylum protection/international human rights in Rome, Italy. Mario has served as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hungary and Poland and has advised the National Commission on Migration in Thailand. Mario also conducts federal and state legislative advocacy on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and other refugee protection issues. Previously, he served as Regional Director for CLINIC, where he provided technical and litigation support to NGOs throughout the United States, he worked as a litigation associate at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin and Kahn, and served for two years as judicial law clerk on the U.S. District Court. Mario is a frequent lecturer and panelist on refugee and immigration law and litigation at national and regional conferences and trainings by organizations such as the New York Immigration Coalition and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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