UW Law welcomes new Immigration Law Clinic director

UW Law is pleased to announce Georgina Olazcon Mozo, an experienced immigration law attorney, has been appointed director of the Immigration Law Clinic and a UW visiting lecturer.

The Immigration Clinic consists of eight students and a director that represent individuals that would otherwise lack legal representation and collaborate with local, regional and national organizations to advocate for the rights of immigrants. 

By representing individual clients and partnering with organizations working in the immigration arena, Immigration Clinic students acquire core lawyering skills, build professional identity and judgment, and explore what it means to be a lawyer advocating for social justice in the current era. Learn more about the Immigration Law Clinic.

“What excites me the most about this role is the ability to teach law students the skills I’ve learned as an immigration practitioner,” Olazcon Mozo said. “My professional goal has been to focus on compassionate, trauma-informed, culturally competent advocacy and lawyering. My advocacy is focused on the client as a whole person rather than them just being a case.”

Prior to joining UW Law, Olazcon Mozo was a senior staff attorney at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in Colorado. She has also served as a staff attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Violence Against Women Act Unit.

“I believe in fostering my clients’ strengths and abilities to empower them,” she said. “In this role, I hope to be able to share my experiences and methodology with the students and support them in developing professional skills that will help them succeed as attorneys beyond immigration practice.”

As director of the clinic, Olazcon Mozo is excited to contribute to a diverse experience for UW Law students.  

“As a woman of color, an immigrant and a first-generation college graduate, I bring a different perspective,” she said. “Law school was a very intimidating and isolating experience for me. Looking back at my educational journey, I’m certain that having professors and mentors of similar identities would’ve made a significant difference for me. I want people to look at me and feel represented and connected. I want BIPOC students to know that they are not alone in their journey.”

Olazcon Mozo said while direct client representation — and everything it entails — is something she is deeply passionate about, she most enjoys learning alongside her clinic students and draws inspiration from them.

“I recognize that students are the driving force behind the clinic, and I want to know what their vision for their clinical experience is and help them drive that vision to fruition,” she said. “I’m inspired about mentoring students in their casework because the work they will do during the clinic will transform people’s lives. I’m excited about being part of this process with students and clients.”

Olazcon Mozo earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. She attended the Utrecht University Summer Institute for International Law and Policy in the Netherlands. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UW and her associate’s degree from Highline Community College.