IJC Clinical Instructor
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD
Barnard College, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in History
Natalia Lucak began working as a Clinical Instructor with the Immigrant Justice Clinic in January 2021. Prior to being a Clinic Instructor, Natalia was a Special Projects Supervising Attorney at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York City, where she assessed and mentored cases for pro bono representation, specializing in cases involving immigrant youth who face legal challenges in both family court and immigration court. In 2019, Natalia joined the Pro Bono Project to help implement a new municipal commitment to increase citywide pro bono capacity to represent immigrant youth at Catholic Charities Community Services.
From 2016 until 2018, Natalia supervised a team of two attorneys and six paralegals at Catholic Charities Community Services as a part of the ActionNYC in Schools Project, a collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and a host of New York City non-profits. Through ActionNYC in Schools (the only municipal program nation-wide offering regular immigration legal help at schools), Natalia implemented programming to deliver weekly, onsite legal supervision and representation to immigrant students and their families citywide, covering the largest school district in the country.
Prior to her work at Catholic Charities Community Services, Natalia represented low-income clients in removal proceedings as well as victims of human trafficking and domestic violence as a Staff Attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). In her role at NYLAG, Natalia also supported community initiatives by coordinating large scale legal clinics and conducting volunteer trainings to respond to emerging needs of immigrant communities across New York City.
Natalia earned her Bachelor of Arts in European History from Barnard College in 2007. She then graduated with honors from University of Maryland School of Law in 2012, where she served on the Maryland Journal of International Law as Senior Editor. As a law student, Natalia also completed a judicial internship at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Baltimore, Maryland. After law school, Natalia spent nearly a year in Cape Town, South Africa working as a legal intern at two of the leading public interest law and human rights organizations, The Legal Resources Centre and PASSOP (People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty).