Erin Schutte Wadzinski is an immigration attorney and owner of Kivu Immigration Law PLLC. A native of Worthington, Minnesota, Erin is proud to serve her home community and surrounding area. In 2019, she won the Initiators Fellowship to launch Kivu Immigration Law as a social enterprise to help revitalize rural communities and to provide immigrants access to legal resources.

Education
Yale University – BA in Political Science, 2012
University of Connecticut School of Law – JD with Honors, 2018

Professional Affiliations
Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Association for Immigration Lawyers of America
-Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Member
-Iowa/Nebraska Chapter Member
ASISTA

Licensed to practice federal immigration law and Minnesota state law

Relevant Previous Work Experience
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Staff Attorney – Worthington, MN, 2018-2020
Yale University, Director of Yale Young Global Scholars – New Haven, CT, 2012-2018

Community Engagement
Elected School Board Member of Worthington Public Schools ISD 518
City of Worthington Planning Commissioner
Dollars for Scholars Board Member
Nobles County Law Library Board Member
Worthington Area Foundation Board Member
Advisor to CARE Program
Member of Worthington Area Immigrant Advocates network
Member of Minnesota West Community & Technical College President’s Advisory Council

Recent Presentations

“Supporting Immigrant Students” – Madelia Schools, Madelia, MN, January 10, 2023

“Welcome Corps Information Session” – Kivu Law, Worthington, MN, February 2, 2023

“Rural Philanthropy: Closing Gaps, Opening Inclusive Opportunities” – Minnesota Council of Foundations annual conference, Minneapolis, MN, February 8, 2023

“Supporting Immigrants in Rural Communities” – Windom Ministerial Association, Windom, MN, April 19, 2023

“CARE Training Program – Supporting community members in removal proceedings” – CARE, Worthington, MN, April 28, 2023

“Navigating the Skilled Labor Shortage” – Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), Blue Earth, MN, April 29, 2023

“Legal Pathways for HyLife Employees on Temporary Work Visas” – American Lutheran Church, Windom, MN, May 13, 2023

“Immigration Law in southwest Minnesota” – Minnesota State Bar Association District 13 Annual Meeting, Pipestone, MN, June 5, 2023