International Law and Immigration

Ca. Int'l Law Journal SPRING 2014, VOL. 22, NO. 1


In this edition of the Practitioner’s Spotlight, we are proud to feature Niels W. Frenzen. Niels specializes in immigration law and is director of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s Immigration Clinic. He has been teaching at USC since 2000 and practicing law since 1985. Niels has represented hundreds of asylum seekers and other immigrants, and has litigated numerous federal court cases challenging the mistreatment of noncitizens. He also has litigated national security cases involving classified evidence in immigration court. He has served as a delegate on behalf of Amnesty International USA, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and other human rights organizations.

Prior to joining USC, Niels practiced with nonprofit law offices in Los Angeles and Miami. He was the directing attorney of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at Public Counsel, the supervising attorney at the Haitian Refugee Center, and the legislative coordinator of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union. He also has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern Law School. He received his B.A. from Beloit College and his J.D. from Drake University Law School.

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