Erin Schutte Wadzinski

Attorney / Owner

Erin Schutte Wadzinski is an immigration lawyer 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.



Yale University – BA in political science, 2012

University of Connecticut School of Law – JD with Honors, 2018


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



Minnesota State Bar Association

Association for Immigration Lawyers of America

Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Member

Iowa/Nebraska Chapter Member

Federal Bar Association



Community Engagement

Worthington Area Immigrant Advocates, a network of community members working together for immigrant justice

United at the Table, a gathering of neighbors

Sharing Seeds, a food distribution program for students in Worthington schools

Crailsheim Exchange Student Selection Committee Member, an exchange program at Worthington High School


Presentations in 2021

"Citizenship 2021 - It's not just about the civics test!" -- Language & Literacy 2021 Institute; in collaboration with Mankato Adult Basic Education and Burnsville ABE; virtual; January 28, 2021


Presentations in 2020

"Starting a Business in Worthington" -- Worthington Leadership Perspectives; virtual; November 19, 2020

"Federal Immigration Law & Its Impacts on Immigrant Students and Their Families" -- QuestBridge Convene; virtual; November 14, 2020

"Immigration Law Q & A" -- Worthington High School; Worthington, MN; March 9, 2020

"Asking the Right Questions in Immigration Law" -- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services; Mankato, MN; February 17, 2020

“Immigration Law and Children in Southwest Minnesota” – Brewster Elementary/Middle School; Brewster, MN; January 20, 2020


Countries Visited

Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda, Seychelles, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Asia: China, Singapore

Europe: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

North America and Caribbean: Barbados, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, St. Lucia


To schedule an appointment with Erin, please call 507-295-4858 or contact us online.


Gabriela Bruning

Legal Assistant

Gabriela Bruning is a Legal Assistant at Kivu Immigration Law. Gabriela was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Guatemala when she was 7 years old. She returned to the United States in 2003 to finish her schooling and has lived in Worthington, MN for 18 years. Some of her previous work experience includes serving as an Eligibility Worker for Nobles County Community Services and Public Health and as a Registered Health Coach based at JBS in Worthington. Gabriela is a current member of the Cross Cultural Advisory Committee that advises the Worthington City Council. Gabriela is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Alba Mendez

Administrative Assistant

Alba Mendez is an Administrative Assistant at Kivu Immigration Law. Alba was born in El Salvador. She came to the United States in 2018 and has lived in Worthington, Minnesota for three years. She will graduate from Minnesota West Community and Technical College with her Associates Degree in April 2021. Alba worked as a paraprofessional at ISD 518 Community Education's preschool program before joining the team at Kivu Law. Alba is bilingual in English and Spanish.