Trina Realmuto, Executive Director

trina@immigrationlitigation.org / 617.819.4447

With over twenty years of experience in immigration, damages, and transparency litigation in federal courts, Trina has litigated and argued several precedent decisions on behalf of individuals, classes, and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. Most recently, Trina was a Directing Attorney of Litigation at the American Immigration Council. Prior to that, she served as the Litigation Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and as a consulting attorney to the Council. In addition, she has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates. Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout LLC, a San Francisco-based immigration firm where she specialized in federal court litigation and deportation defense. In 2015, Trina was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Court Admissions

New York and California

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and DC Circuits

U.S. District Courts: Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York; Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California; District of Vermont; District of Connecticut

Mary Kenney, Deputy Director

mary@immigrationlitigation.org / 617.819.4681

For twenty-five years, Mary has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens, combat abusive conduct by immigration agents, and overturn unlawful policies of the immigration agencies. From 2003 to 2020, Mary was with the American Immigration Council, most recently as Directing Attorney of Litigation, where she engaged in impact litigation and authored numerous practice advisories. Prior to joining the Council, Mary was the Executive Director of a statewide immigrant and refugee rights litigation project in Texas. In that role, she oversaw impact litigation, including several class actions, and advocacy efforts. She also worked as a legal services attorney in West Virginia. In 2014, Mary was awarded the Carol King Award by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild for her impact litigation work. In 2021, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded Mary the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation.

Court Admissions

District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals: Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. District Courts: District of Columbia, Northern District of Texas, Northern District of West Virginia

Kristin Macleod-Ball, Senior Staff Attorney


kristin@immigrationlitigation.org / 617.506.3646

Kristin’s career has been dedicated to defending the due process and statutory rights of immigrants. Prior to joining NILA, Kristin was a staff attorney at the American Immigration Council (AIC) for four years, where she co-counseled class actions, wrote amicus briefs for numerous courts of appeals, including in precedent setting cases, and authored practice advisories. She also was a litigation attorney with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, where she focused on federal court litigation to promote the due process rights of people facing deportation. Kristin began her career as a legal fellow at AIC.

Court Admissions

New York 

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and DC Circuits

U.S. District Courts: Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York; District of Vermont 

Tiffany Lieu, Volunteer Attorney

Tiffany Lieu is a graduate of Stanford Law School where she was involved in Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. After graduating, Tiffany clerked for Judge Allyson K. Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Keith P. Ellison on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Tiffany worked as NILA’s first staff attorney through Stanford Law School’s Public Interest Fellowship. 

 

National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Inc.
Email: info@immigrationlitigation.org
Tel: (617) 819-4649