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Susham Mahendra Modi

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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.


Languages spoken: Gujarati, English, Spanish

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  1. Immigration: 100%


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  • Armand Firdaussi Jawanmardi

    I endorse Attorney Modi without reservation. He has incredible experience, both as a private attorney and an academic, and cares about all of his clients. He is a zealous advocate and someone you would definitely want representing you.


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  • Shawn D. Meade

    Susham is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. Susham is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend him.


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The Modi Law Firm

720 Bayland Avenue
Houston, TX, 77009


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201008/17/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
D. Arthur Magaziner Human Services AwardMaxine Flock, Penn State Law School2009
Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of Texas at Arlington2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyThe Modi Law Firm2012 - Present
Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervising AttorneyUniversity of Houston Law Center2011 - Present
Attorney AdvocateHarvard Law School, Immigration and Refugee Clinic2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Bar AssociationAttorney2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motion to ReopenSuccessful
I-751 ApprovedSuccessful
Marriage-Based Green Card ApprovedSuccessful
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Houston Law CenterMental Competency Crucial to Fair Immigration Proceedings, Experts Agree2013
Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and JusticeThe War on Terror as a Metaphor for Immigration Regulation2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Texas System, ArlingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Joe Vail Workshop 2016How to Prepare for Immigrations2016
Joe Vail Workshop 2016Immigration Court2016
Immigration Law and Policy CourseImmigration Law2014
Gang-Based Asylum ClaimsAsylum2014
KaplanStudent and Employment Based Visas2013
Joe Vail WorkshopImmigration Court Hearings2012
Immigration Consequences for Criminal Defense Attorney'sPadilla - Immigration Consequences for Criminal Defense Attorney's2012
CLE Conference for Attorneys' and BIA RepresentativesThe Nuts and Bolts of Representing Asylum Seekers2012
Children's Asylum CasesGang-Based Asylum Claims2012
VAWA & T Visa Training for Attorneys and RepresentativesViolence Against Women's Act-Ethics Training for Lawyers2011
Joe Vail WorkshopImmigration Court Hearings2011

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