Feb. 5, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center third-year student Chelsea Klumpp made her first appearance in court on Thursday in front of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals alongside Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman. The case involved several issues, including ineffective assistance of counsel, political opinion asylum, PSG, nexus and others.
“I am eternally grateful to the UHLC Immigration Clinic, Professor Hoffman, and all of the immigration clinic professors for all of the amazing opportunities I’ve had to grow as an advocate while in law school," Klumpp said. "The case we argued on Thursday is very special to me as I also wrote arguments in the opening and reply briefs filed with the 5th Circuit while in the clinic.
“It was a wonderful experience, and I hope to have many more after graduation as I transition into my Equal Justice Works Fellowship with the UHLC Immigration Clinic as my host organization.”
Klumpp began working in the Law Center's Immigration Clinic during the Fall 2019 semester. She serves as editor in chief of the Houston Journal of International Law and is the executive chair of the Advocates student organization.
During the summer of 2020 Klumpp worked two immigration apprenticeships with Ashley Foret Dees, LLC in Lake Charles, La., and in the Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona's Immigration Services Department, based in Tucson, Ariz. Last fall, she served as an Immigration Law Clerk at The Modi Law Firm, PLLC in Houston during the Fall of 2020.
"I am so proud of Chelsea's accomplishment as a law student arguing in this setting," said Hoffman, Director of the Law Center's Immigration Clinic. "This was her first time in court, which is quite an accomplishment and done so well."