Lori Adams is the Managing Attorney in the New York office of Human Rights First, where she oversees the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. She provides support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in New York and New Jersey who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provides information and legal services to asylum seekers in immigration detention, and helps to coordinate their legal representation. Lori is a member of Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which aims to increase high-quality pro bono representation of asylum seekers and otherwise address the unmet legal needs of the immigrant poor in New York. She is also a member of the Working Group on Immigrant Representation, led by Judge Michael Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has similar aims in New Jersey. She is also a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics and a co-author of a report on the negative impact of the one-year filing deadline in asylum cases.
Before joining Human Rights First, Lori was the attorney advisor in the New York Immigration Court, where she drafted decisions for twenty-eight immigration judges and supervised the work of the court’s law clerks and interns. She has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Lori has a philosophy degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from New York Law School. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.