Susham Modi focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law. In addition to his private practice, he is currently a Adjunct Professor & Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic. In this capacity, he is responsible for supervising and teaching upper-level students working on various immigration cases which include cases involving immigrants who are victims of crimes, immigration-related federal court litigation, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, asylum cases, and removal defense cases before immigration courts. Moreover, he co-teaches the immigration classroom component to the clinic and is scheduled to co-teach Asylum/Refugee Law in Spring 2013.
He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Arlington and a J.D. from Penn State. As a law student at Penn State, he was active in Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights clinic and worked on complex immigration matters at Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team. He is the recipient of The D. Arthur Magaziner Human Services Award (awarded to the senior who has demonstrated good character, sound academic performance, high ethical standards, fidelity to the highest goals of the profession and commitment to selfless human service), the Miller Center Public Interest Certification, was named the Public Interest Law Fund Fellowship Chair, and assisted with coaching various mock trial and moot court competitions.
Immediately prior to joining the University of Houston, he worked as an Advocate/Attorney at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. At Harvard, he worked on complex asylum, CAT, withholding of removal and U visa cases, supervised law students in the creation of “know-your-rights” presentation materials for undocumented students, as well as assisted with a Second Circuit amici curiae brief. He also assisted in preparing classroom materials and trainings to law students enrolled in Harvard’s seminar course of Immigration and Refugee Advocacy.
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