Bridget Kessler

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x314Fax (347) 710-3342

After graduating from American University, Washington College of Law magna cum laude in 2009, Bridget worked for two years 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 then joined 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. While at the firm, she was also involved in a number of pro bono projects. For example, she represented a non-profit organization in an employment discrimination matter and coordinated a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) representation project, among others. At the clinic and later at Mayer Brown, along with co-counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Bridget represented the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in the Southern District of New York seeking records related to the immigration enforcement program “Secure Communities” or S-Comm. She also worked on a corresponding national “Uncover the Truth” advocacy campaign to push back against S-Comm and other state/federal collaborations on immigration enforcement.

Bridget joined Brooklyn Defender Services as an Immigration Staff Attorney in 2014.