Supervising Attorney, Immigration Practice
Bridget Kessler is a Supervising Attorney with the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), a project that affords free legal representation to detained New Yorkers facing deportation. In that capacity, Bridget represents immigrants in removal proceedings. She also supervises and mentors NYIFUP Team legal fellows, attorneys, and pro bono law firm partners. Bridget joined BDS in 2014. Before moving to the NYIFUP team, she worked with BDS’ criminal defenders to provide their non-citizen clients with advice regarding the immigration consequences of contact with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining BDS, Bridget worked at the law firm Mayer Brown LLP as a litigation associate, where she represented clients in connection with a range of litigation matters and government investigations. In her first two years of practice, Bridget served as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School. While at the Clinic, Bridget supervised second and third year law students in their clinic case work representing immigrants in removal proceedings and representing community-based organizations in impact litigation and policy advocacy projects. She also co-taught a weekly seminar on immigration law and lawyering skills. Bridget graduated magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2009.