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Judy London


Immigrants’ Rights Project

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Judy London

Directing Attorney – Immigrants' Rights Project, Irell & Manella Chair in Public Interest Law

Judy London is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. In 2017, Ms. London was appointed to the Irell & Manella Chair in Public Interest Law at Public Counsel in recognition of her work as one of the nation’s premier immigration lawyers and her significant contributions to the area of immigrants’ rights.

From 1996 to 2000, Ms. London was the Legal Director of the Central American Resource Center (“CARECEN”) in Los Angeles.  While at CARECEN, she was instrumental in securing the enactment of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (“NACARA”).  She also focused on advocacy for undocumented children, and in 2000, she succeeded in obtaining legislation granting permanent residency to Tony Lara, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national who had been raised in Los Angeles.  But for inadequate immigration advice, Mr. Lara would have been eligible for special immigrant juvenile status (“SIJS”).

At Public Counsel, Ms. London has expanded the agency’s SIJS work, initiated a detention program to insure that immigrant detainees in Orange County know their legal rights, and has continued to increase pro bono representation for asylum-seekers and crime victims seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) and the Victims of Trafficking and Violent Crime Prevention Act (“VTVPA”).  She is an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of law where she teaches a clinical course on immigration law, focusing on the representation of asylum-seekers.

She received her law degree from UCLA in 1990 and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1985.

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