Meet Stephen Manning
Stephen is the founder and executive director of the Innovation Law Lab. He is also a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC and an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Stephen has received multiple awards for his pioneering immigration work, including the 2017 Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year Award and the 2015 AILA Founders Award. He is a former Commissioner for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission. He is on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Oregon and the Board of Directors of Health Bridges International.
Meet Ahmer Inam
Ahmer Inam is a data and analytics executive with over 20 years of experience driving organizational transformation with the establishment of analytics CoE and development and deployment of data products. His experience includes leadership roles at Nike Inc., Wells Fargo, Sonic Automotive, and Cambia Health Solutions. Additionally, Ahmer has done analytics consulting for PwC and Quaero for clients like ESPN, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Liberty Tax, and ADP. Ahmer holds two M.S. degrees, one each in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Texas A&M University, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India. Ahmer is also the founding member of the Analytics and Big Data Society. When not solving complex business problems with Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, Ahmer likes to express himself through photographic mediums and supports environmental justice and human rights causes. Ahmer and his wife live in Portland, OR with their two young children.
Meet Cameron Madill
Cameron is the CEO of PixelSpoke, an award-winning web design & marketing agency that works with credit unions and social enterprises. His extensive volunteer work includes launching business accelerator programs for entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world, chairing the Portland community of certified B Corporations — businesses that follow rigorous standards for creating positive environmental, social, and employee impact — and building capacity for Innovation Law Lab in 2017. Cameron received the 2017 Global Citizen of the Year award from Entrepreneurs’ Organization — a worldwide group of over 12,000 leading entrepreneurs — for his work with Innovation Law Lab, the 2018 B Economy Leader by the B Corp community for his work building local B Corp communities, as well as numerous other awards such as the Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40.
Meet Luis Guerra
Luis is the Director of Operations at the United Farm Workers Foundation, where he leads efforts to expand immigration legal services to farm workers across the country. He previously served as the Executive Director at Causa of Oregon, Oregon’s state-wide immigrant rights advocacy organization.
Meet Fredi Avila
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Meet Jessica Boell
Jessica is a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and an instructor of immigration law at Portland Community College. She is a nationally known expert in removal defense, family-based immigration, and federal court appeals. Jessica’s past work includes positions at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. For nearly ten years, she has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Oregon, a designation awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the state. Jessica received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Meet Alyssa Grass
Alyssa is a Spanish teacher at Portland Public Schools. She is a leading thinker on integrating student identity and culture into education.
Meet Navneet Kaur
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Meet Kuli Mavuwa
Kuli Mavuwa is an experienced leader with broad information privacy and security experience. He previously served in a variety of roles including Systems Engineer, Security Engineering Manager, Associate Privacy and Security Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer. He is currently responsible for providing oversight for a large information privacy and security program including developing and implementing policies that govern the collection, access, use and disclosure of various personally identifiable information covered by multiple privacy regulations. Kuli earned a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Portland State University, and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He holds multiple privacy and security credentials, including being an IAPP's Fellow of Information Privacy.
Meet Jennifer Rotman
Jennifer is a lawyer at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is a nationally known expert in naturalization, removal defense, asylum claims, visas for crime victims, family immigration, and federal litigation. She is the EOIR Liaison for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and am ambassador to the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining ILG, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fuste in the United States District Court in Puerto Rico. Jennifer received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Meet Juliet Stumpf
Juliet is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School, where in 2016 she was awarded the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a scholar of crimmigration law, the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her current research explores innovation in immigration law and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights.
Meet Ian Philabaum
Ian co-directs Law Lab's Anticarceral Legal Organizing program. Previously, Ian was the project coordinator at the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal representation and advocacy for women and children held in the Dilley Detention Center. Ian holds BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and a MDP in Development Studies from the University of Arizona.
Meet Ariel Prado
Ariel co-directs Law Lab's Anticarceral Legal Organizing program. He formerly worked as the project manager for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the Dilley Detention Center. Ariel is excited to work towards ending practices of mass criminalization and incarceration.
Meet Jose Cruz Guadarrama
Jose designs, manages and directs the wide array of web applications and websites developed by Innovation Law Lab. As a UI/UX designer, Jose appreciates clear user interactions and everything that encompasses a successful user experience. He is passionate about design and immigrants’ rights, and brings artistically inventive and visually appealing design elements to the Innovation Law Lab’s work.
Meet Isa Peña
Isa Peña is the Director of Strategy at Innovation Law Lab and is based in Oregon. Isa has been a long-time organizer and leader in the immigrant rights movement in Oregon and formerly worked as the Interim Executive Director of Causa. Isa is a daughter of immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico and is excited to leverage her strengths and skills in relationship building and policy advocacy to help advance immigrant justice.
Meet Elizabeth Skokan
Elizabeth oversees the Operations side of Law Lab. Additionally, she manages the helpdesk and facilitates LawLab training webinars. She previously led the Business Services team at Immigrant Law Group PC. Elizabeth is passionate about languages, art and social interactions. As an immigrant herself, she’s committed to Lawlab's mission to promote and defend the rule of Law for immigrants and refugees.
Meet Ben Grass
As Innovation Law Lab's Deputy Director of Operations, Ben is a tinkerer in constant pursuit of civic betterment. With a background in international development and hospitality, coupled with a lifelong commitment to the service of marginalized populations, Ben strives to meet people where they are - building trust to empower change. A coach, a cook, a runner and a rabble-rouser.
Meet Jordan Cunnings
Jordan Cunnings is an attorney and Legal Director of Innovation Law Lab. Previously, Jordan represented immigrants in detention centers throughout Southern California as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Public Counsel. She also clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jordan is a proud graduate of UCLA School of Law and its David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for immigrant rights in her home state of Oregon.
Meet Tess Hellgren
Tess Hellgren is an attorney and Deputy Legal Director of Innovation Law Lab. Her work focuses on defending the right to asylum. Tess is counsel in Immigrant Defenders Law Center v. Mayorkas, fighting the unlawful implementation of the Remain in Mexico policy, and in Las Americas v. Biden, challenging systemic injustice in the immigration courts. She is also class counsel in Doe v. Biden and Gomez v. Biden, which challenge unlawful restrictions on the U.S. visa system. Tess received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she represented asylum seekers through the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and co-directed the student-run Removal Defense Project. She is passionate about using legal tools to further broader movements that advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families.
Before joining Law Lab, Tess worked with detained asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas; and was a legal intern for the Santa Fe Dreamers Project and a summer law clerk for Immigrant Law Group PC. She holds an M.Sc. in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University. Tess is privileged to serve on the board of the Women's Justice Initiative and is a member of the Oregon and Florida state bars.
Meet Kelsey Provo
Kelsey Provo is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Innovation Law Lab, where she provides strategic and tactical assistance on pro bono cases placed through the Centers of Excellence. Prior to joining Innovation Law Lab, Kelsey represented immigrants in removal proceedings in Southern California and specialized in representing detained immigrants who had been found incompetent due to a mental illness or disability pursuant to the Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder litigation. Kelsey earned her J.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oregon. Her Master’s thesis, “Immigrants Without Rights: Questioning the Role of International Human Rights Law in U.S. Detention and Deportation Policies,” analyzes whether international law has the potential to influence U.S. immigration laws and questions whether international human rights laws can adequately protect immigrants’ rights in removal proceedings.
Meet Aliya Naim
Aliya Naim is the Limited Legal Services Program Manager for Innovation Law Lab. Prior to joining the Innovation Law Lab team, she worked at the Latin American Association. She obtained her B.A. in International Affairs and Arabic at the University of Georgia and her M.A. in Migration and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where she did research on the Syrian refugee crisis and countering violent extremism legislation. Prior to graduate school, she spent several years at The Carter Center working on international election observation in North and West Africa.
Meet Ana Ortiz Varela
Ana Ortiz Varela is a Program Manager with Innovation Law Lab’s Anticarceral Legal Organizing team, where she tends to the Gulf Coast Immigration Collaborative (GCIC) and leads data strategy efforts with legal service providers across the Southern US. Ana has previously worked with detained migrant families at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), assisting the Karnes Pro Bono Project in advocacy and data collection, as well as volunteering legal expertise to the migrant women shelter Casa de Maria y Marta. Ana is an art practitioner, an organizing member of the San Anto Zine Fest, and a co-founder of the online and print publication La Liga Zine — a NALAC Fund for the Arts 2016 grantee publication. Ana humbly serves in Detention Watch Network’s Board of Directors since 2020, owns the floral design studio Earthly Details, and enjoys reading for pleasure.
Meet PJ Podesta
P.J. is a Program Manager with Innovation Law Lab’s Anticarceral Legal Organizing team and is based in California. He has organized direct service, communications, and grassroots campaigns against incarceration and deportation with Pueblo Sin Fronteras and others.
Meet Andrea Gonzalez
Andrea formerly worked as a paralegal for the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), where she provided legal services to detained asylum seeking families and their children. Andrea also organized and participated in several awareness raising and community actions events for migrant’s rights in Mexico and the US. Andrea wants to continue supporting asylum seekers by facilitating and simplify the process of accessing legal counsel. Her goal is to create a community which would offer legal services and support for our immigrant community. Andrea is a dedicated and passionate immigrant’s rights advocate who fights for ensuring due process to asylum seekers.
Meet Karla Schmidt Murillo
Karla is Law Lab's Program Coordinator for the Oregon Worker Relief funds. She is also a community advocate who has worked in immigrant advocacy and justice in Oregon for a few short years. Being an immigrant from Costa Rica, she is committed to supporting immigrant communities in this ever-changing landscape. Prior to joining Law Lab, Karla obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Arizona and her M.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Karla is a lover of all things relating to dogs, sports, bread, and ceviche!
Meet Casey Mangan
Casey is an attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow working the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC) through Innovation Law Lab and works on EPIC’s strategic initiatives. He represents people in ICE detention centers in the El Paso area. Casey earned his JD from the USC Gould School of Law. Prior to law school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Malatya, Turkey for two years.
Meet Trillium Chang
Passionate about immigrants’ rights and detention conditions, Trillium is a Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow and works with the litigation team to ensure that asylum seekers detained in the United States have access to legal counsel and due process rights. Trillium was a member of the Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and represented noncitizens in immigration court. She also interned at the ACLU National Immigrants’ Rights Project. Her most recent publication (Trillium Chang, Essay, The Fourth Amendment Free Zone, Stan. L. Rev. Online (2021)) critiques the doctrinal foundations of the U.S. immigration system and traces how the Chinese Exclusion Cases hollowed out Fourth Amendment protections for noncitizens. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Trillium also holds a MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BSc from the University of Toronto.
Meet Sumouni Basu
Sumouni Basu is a UCI Public Interest Fellow at Innovation Law Lab and is based in Southern California. Sumouni received her J.D. magna cum laude from UC Irvine School of Law. Sumouni has experience working on removal defense cases; bond and other forms of release from immigration detention; and post-conviction relief (California) and other crimmigration issues. As an immigrant and daughter of immigrants, Sumouni is passionate about the rights of noncitizens; she plans to use her power as a legal advocate to support movements resisting anti-carceral systems.
Meet Lane Brake
Lane Brake is Law Lab's Administrative Specialist. They have a long history of working in the non-profit social services sector. These days, they are more interested in taking part in creating systemic change and ending carceral violence. They are a non-binary queer immigrant, and child of immigrant parents, with a B.A. in Linguistics. They are passionate about human rights and activism.
Meet Alex Mensing
Alex Mensing is Law Lab's Communications Manager. Based in California, he has a decade of experience in immigrant rights advocacy. From accompanying migrant caravans to working with legal service programs for detained families and supporting detained migrant organizing, he brings both communications and organizing experience to Law Lab's fight for immigrant & refugee justice, equity and inclusion. He loves cooking, gardening and seeing communities hold people in positions of authority accountable for their actions.