March 25, 2015 -- Susan Lopez ’15, a student in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy who is also pursuing the Critical Race Studies specialization, has been selected as the inaugural UCLA School of Law – Tolchin Immigration Law Fellow. A graduate of the University of Chicago with post-undergraduate public interest experience, Susan came to UCLA Law committed to pursuing a career as an immigration lawyer. As the Tolchin Immigration Law Fellow, she will receive mentorship, training and work alongside Stacy Tolchin ’01, a graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the founder of a private law practice focusing exclusively on complex immigration cases.
While at UCLA, Susan has pursued a number of immigration law-related academic, work and extracurricular experiences. She served as a summer law clerk with Mil Mujeres and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (2L summer) and Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (1L summer), and as a part-time extern with the National Immigration Law Center. Susan’s extracurricular activities have included serving as a co-chair of La Raza Law Students Association, co-chair of El Centro Legal’s Youth Deportation Defense Clinic and senior editor of the Chicano/a- Latino/a Law Review, as well as volunteering with El Centro Legal’s Violence Against Women Act Clinic and the Reentry Legal Clinic.
Stacy Tolchin recently partnered with UCLA Law to establish the two-year immigration law postgraduate fellowship at her firm, the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin. The fellowship will be open to a UCLA School of Law graduate every two years. The firm will pay the fellow’s salary and benefits, and the fellow will be eligible for the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).