Erin Barbato

Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic

Barbato, Erin

Room 1344, Law School

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Erin M. Barbato is the Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches second and third year law students to represent individuals in removal proceedings and with humanitarian-based immigration relief. Previously, Erin was founding member of Barbato Immigration law and the Executive Director of, and Staff Attorney at the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC). Prior to joining CILC, Erin managed a boutique immigration law firm’s Madison office, and was as a staff attorney with Catholic Charities, Legal Services for Immigrants.

Prior to attending law school, Erin volunteered as a teacher at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador, a non-profit organization in Quito, Ecuador. While in Quito, she worked with families and recently resettled refugee families living at or below the poverty line.

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. She has also been a member of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society since 2013.

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 Barbato participated in an online forum, “Current Realities for DACA Recipients and Asylum Seekers,” in June 2020. The event was sponsored by Alverno College and ACLU Wisconsin and organized by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.

  • In January 2020, Erin Barbato gave a talk at Medical College of Wisconsin, as part of a Pediatric Grand Rounds program titled "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Immigrant and Border Health."

  • Erin Barbato participated on the panel, “From Awareness to Action: Immigration’s Impact on Children from Madison to the Northern Triangle of Central America,” in November 2019. The free, public event was held at UW-Madison.

  • In March, Erin Barbato presented the keynote, “Our Current Immigration Policies: Reflections from Our Southern Border to Our Badger State,” at UW-Madison’s Academic Staff Institute.

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