Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic Directors
Director, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
Founders Hall 210
H. Marissa Montes is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of LIJC. She built LIJC while in law school in response to an unmet need for free immigration legal services on the Eastside of Los Angeles. She was then jointly awarded Loyola’s Public Interest Fellowship, to establish the clinic and develop its immigration-lawyering curriculum for law students. In addition to the clinic, Marissa teaches courses in regards to Cross Cultural Competency and Trauma Informed Lawyering, as well as spearheaded Loyola’s Immigration Law and Border Practicum, which includes an alternative spring break trip to El Paso, TX. Marissa serves as a visiting professor at the ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she teaches U.S. asylum law and serves migrant shelters. Marissa has been recognized as a Top Young Lawyer by the ABA (2017) and HNBA (2019). She serves on the California Department of Justice, Calgang Database Technical Advisory Committee and was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the inaugural Los Angeles Commission on Civil and Human Rights. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from Loyola in 2012.
Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic
Founders Hall 211
Emily Robinson is a co-director and co-founder of LIJC. She helped to build LIJC while in law school in response to an unmet need for free immigration legal services on the Eastside of Los Angeles, which is home to the county’s largest concentration of noncitizens. After earning a joint Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship in 2012, Emily became co-director of LIJC and helped to develop an immigration-lawyering curriculum for law students while carrying a high volume caseload of wide-ranging immigration matters. Since 2012, Emily has helped to grow LIJC’s staff and programming through strategic vision that continues to address urgent needs in the immigrant community, which has in turn, earned the support of California Community Foundation, California Department of Social Services and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Emily received her J.D. from Loyola Law School where she was a public interest fellow and PILF co-chair. She received a B.A. in International and Global Studies and Sociology from Brandeis University.