Biography

Ilyce Shugall is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She recently served as Directing Attorney of the Immigration Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) from 2012-2017. Under Ilyce’s leadership, CLSEPA’s staff grew from four to twenty, and its immigration attorneys became amongst the first responders to the 2014 surge crisis in the immigration courts. Ilyce has also worked with San Francisco area collaboratives to secure funding for non-profits to provide pro bono representation to individuals in removal proceedings. During that effort, she served temporarily as the legal director for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative at the Bar Association of San Francisco. For 10 years, Ilyce was a partner at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP. Before joining the private sector, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) as a National Association of Public Interest Law/Equal Justice Fellow. Ilyce received the 2016 National Pro Bono Services Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and was a 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” awardee. Ilyce has served as a commissioner on the State Bar of California Commission on Immigration and Nationality Law. She was NIPNLG’s update editor for Immigration Law and the Family from 2012-2017, and has published numerous articles on immigration law. Prior to joining NIPNLG in April 2019 as executive director, Ilyce served for 18 months as an immigration judge in the San Francisco Immigration Court. Ilyce holds a JD from DePaul University College of Law, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is thrilled to take up the helm of an organization she loves, and invites NIPNLG members, supporters, potential supporters, and impacted community groups to contact her, toward furthering NIPNLG’s mission for immigrant justice.