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.

 

Education

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

 

Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association

Association for Immigration Lawyers of America

Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Member

Iowa/Nebraska Chapter Member

Federal Bar Association

ASISTA

 

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

"How I Use Public Speaking in My Legal Career" -- 10th grade public speaking class at Worthington High School; Worthington, Minnesota; April 28, 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.

 

Leah Ward

Legal Assistant

Leah Ward is a Legal Assistant at Kivu Immigration Law. She grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and moved to Worthington in 2019. Previous work experience includes journalism, such as reporting on local immigration issues and helping area immigrants tell their stories. Leah volunteers in the citizenship class with the Worthington Independent School District Adult Basic Education program, quizzing students on the USCIS civics questions and preparing them for naturalization interviews. Leah hopes to attend law school in the future to become an immigration attorney.

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.

Ricky Mojekwu

Lead for Minnesota Fellow

Ricky Mojekwu is a Lead for Minnesota Fellow serving in Worthington in partnership with Kivu Immigration Law and Southwest Initiative Foundation. Ricky was born in Houston, Texas, and attended Saint Leo University in Florida where he majored in Political Science and minored in Legal Studies and Computer Programming. Some of Ricky’s previous work experience includes serving as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm near the Texas-Mexico border, as well as working as an IT Technician Intern for Yes Prep Public Schools.