Gina Amato Lough

Gina Amato Lough

Adjunct Professor, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

gamato@publiccounsel.org

Gina Amato Lough Portrait

Courses Taught

  • Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

Education

  • JD, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
  • MPP, University of California, Berkeley

Background

Gina Amato is an experienced public interest attorney who specializes in serving society’s most underrepresented communities. Ms. Amato is an Adjunct Professor in the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC), where she co-teaches a law school clinical course on the practice of humanitarian immigration law. She mentors and supervises clinic students on their casework and helps to prepare them for a fulfilling career in public interest law.

Ms. Amato also works as a Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Project at Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the nation. In this capacity, she manages a program that assists survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other serious crimes in obtaining lawful status in the United States.

She has been active in several community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Legal Advisory Board of the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Prior to joining Public Counsel in 2008, she represented clients in civil rights, human rights, employment, and unlawful detainer matters.

Ms. Amato, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and Sicilian American father, is passionate about protecting the rights of immigrants, women, and other underserved communities. In her free time, she loves to dance, create art, and spend time with her family.