Clinical Professor of Law and Chair for Clinical Programs
Joanne Gottesman
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Joanne Gottesman directs the Immigrant Justice Clinic, a student-led law office that represents clients in immigration matters. She practiced housing and immigration law at the Legal Aid Society in New York and her areas of expertise include child migration, U.S. Immigration policy and poverty law. Before attending law school she lived and worked in China for three years.

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Professor Gottesman directs the Immigrant Justice Clinic, a student staffed law office that engages in direct representation, community education, and advocacy on matters at the intersection between immigration law and state law.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2002, Professor Gottesman worked as a Kirkland & Ellis Public Service Fellow in the Immigration Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York. For her fellowship project, Professor Gottesman provided information and representation to immigrants in deportation proceedings as a result of Youthful Offender adjudications or first offenses, and to immigrant children in foster care. After her fellowship, she remained at the Legal Aid Society, practicing in the housing and immigration law fields. She later served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Edmund V. Ludwig in Philadelphia.

Professor Gottesman graduated from Wesleyan University. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. Before attending law school, Professor Gottesman spent three years working and studying in China.


Representing Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants in New Jersey, Immigrant Defense Project (forthcoming 2013)

"Avoiding the Secret Sentence: A Model for Ensuring that New Jersey Criminal Defendants are Advised About Immigration Consequences Before Entering Guilty Pleas," 33  Seton Hall Legislative Journal, 357 (2009)

"Quick Reference Chart for Determining The Immigration Consequences of Selected New Jersey Offenses," The Defending Immigrants Partnership (2003, 2005) available at

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Immigration Law
  • Poverty Law