Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic
Office: Room 1348, Law School
Erin M. Barbato is an immigration attorney practicing in Madison, Wisconsin. Previously, Erin was the Executive Director of, and Staff Attorney at the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC). Prior to joining CILC, Erin was a staff attorney with Catholic Charities, Legal Services for Immigrants, and practiced at a boutique immigration law firm.
Erin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree from Marquette University. Erin also studied Spanish in Madrid, Spain during her undergraduate career.
Prior to attending law school, Erin volunteered as a teacher at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador, a non-profit organization in Quito, Ecuador.
The Wisconsin Law Journal recognized Erin in 2010 as an Up and Coming Lawyer for her dedication to representing immigrants and pro bono service. In 2013, she received the Lee and Lynn Copen Family Justice Award from Women and Children's Horizons for her work with immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Wisconsin Law Journal again recognized Erin's work with immigrants by awarding her as a Woman in the Law in 2014. As of 2013, she is also became a member of the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society.
Currently, she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA) the Wisconsin Bar Association, and on the Board of the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC).
Erin co-teaches Immigration Law with Professor Stacy Taeuber. She also teaches Humanitarian Immigration Law where students learn to represent Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, immigrant victims of human trafficking, and immigrant victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, under direct faculty supervision.