Paula Schwartzbauer is the owner of the immigration law firm Paula Schwartzbauer Law. She was an attorney with the Immigration Law Project of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis until March 2013. Prior to working at Minneapolis Legal Aid, Schwartzbauer was the supervising attorney of the immigration unit of Centro Legal, Inc., a non-profit community law office which serves low-income Latinos in the State of Minnesota in civil matters. She has also practiced immigration law with the firm of Julie M. Zimmer and Associates. In addition to her immgration law background, Schwartzbauer has experience monitoring policing with the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a human rights non-governmental organization based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and her B.A. from Boston College in 1991. She teaches the Immigration Law Clinic.
Value of taking the Immigration Law Clinic:
Immigration and Nationality Law is complex and ever-changing and the law and regulations do not always fully explain how to handle every type of case. One learns a lot through experience. Anyone interested in practicing immigration law would benefit greatly from taking the immigration law clinic, in which classes on substantive law topics are combined with practical experience working on actual cases from local non-profit agencies.