Welcoming Rebecca Scholtz to the Legal Services Clinic

February 22, 2017

Rebecca Scholtz will be joining the Legal Services Clinic as a faculty fellow. A graduate of Middlebury College and Yale Law School, Rebecca clerked for Judge Diana Murphy on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, where she has specialized in immigration work. She was recently featured as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.

Rebecca’s position is funded by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, an organization with a mission to “embrace the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger” by promoting “the dignity and protect[ing] the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.” In this role, she will be working as a Staff Attorney for the organization’s new Defending Vulnerable Populations project. The goal of the project is to respond to urgent circumstances and prepare for additional policy measures hurting immigrant families.

Rebecca will assist in developing training curriculums, conducting these trainings through web-based and in-person formats, providing technical assistance on removal defense, analyzing legal issues, and creating appropriate resources. We look forward to exploring ideas to integrate our legal services clinic students into this important work; as time and opportunities permit, Rebecca will be assisting Professor Virgil Wiebe in our Immigration Law Practice Group.