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Michelle Mendez

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Managing Attorney, Training and Legal Support
Silver Spring, MD, USA

Michelle N. Mendez is a managing attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in its Training and Legal Support section, where manages the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project. Before CLINIC, Ms. Mendez served as senior managing attorney in the Immigration Legal Services Program at Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., where she began her career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by DLA Piper. From 2013 to 2016, she co-taught the Immigration Litigation Clinic at Catholic University Columbus School of Law and served as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and as an Adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law this past spring.

Ms. Mendez was selected to receive the 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, in part because of her leadership on Maryland’s special immigrant juvenile status law; the Rotary International Paul Harris Award in 2014, for her commitment to helping others through volunteerism and service; as one of twenty-five “Women to Watch in 2017” by The Baltimore Sun, for providing pro bono representation to immigrants and asylum seekers, and training lawyers nationwide on contesting deportations and representing the immigrant client; and as one of the “Very Important Professionals Successful by 40” by Maryland’s Daily Record in 2014, for her contributions to her community and the law and “commitment to inspiring change.” The Maryland Francis King Carey Law School recently selected her for the 2018 Rising Star Award for exemplary contributions of service and leadership.

Ms. Mendez received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, her B.A. from the University of Richmond, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, and a Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution through the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, she is a native Spanish speaker, speaks French fluently, and has taken Arabic language courses.

Michelle Mendez is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Representing Children in Immigration Matters 2018: Effective Advocacy and Best Practices, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Representing Children in Immigration Matters 2018: Effective Advocacy and Best Practices, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, New York, NY

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