Introducing RIS Attorney: Nicholas Frank

What type of work do you do at CLINIC?

I work as a staff attorney in the Religious Immigration Services section where I aid religious organizations and their members with their immigration-based legal needs.

Where did you work/what were you doing before joining CLINIC?

Before joining CLINIC, I was helping the Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Office of General Counsel handle immigration-based Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests.

How did you become interested in immigration?

I became interested in immigration during law school. I was doing the international concentration, which included studying immigration. After studying, I decided I wanted to try practicing immigration hands-on, so I did an internship here at CLINIC, which cemented my interest in the field.

What do you like most about working in religious immigration law?

What I enjoy most about religious immigration law is the chance to practice in a complex field I enjoy while helping members of the Church with their needs.

What do you wish other people had told you before you took the role?

Thankfully, having interned at CLINIC in the past, I had a fairly good idea of what I was stepping into.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring law clerk working in the immigration field, what would it be?

In this field you will constantly have a lot of different work for clients with various competing deadlines, so make things easier on yourself by getting and staying organized.

What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

This largely goes back to what I enjoy about religious immigration law. I truly find fulfillment in being able to help all these religious organizations and their members navigate the complex, ever shifting and always crucial field of immigration.