Hiroko Kusuda is Clinic Professor in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and Director of Immigration Law Section at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Under her supervision, student practitioners represent clients before the US Department of Justice Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals, the US 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 was Detention Attorney at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a subsidiary of the US 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 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 the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and mentor on removal defense and asylum law, Professor Kusuda is a co-founder of the Louisiana Immigrant Representation Working Group (LIRWG) for which she serves as the chair of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Sub-Group of LIRWG. She is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Professor Kusuda received Gillis Long Poverty Law Center’s Public Service Award in 2014 and AILA’s Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.