Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe

Clinical Professor of Law


Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where she is also a Staff Attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. In this position, she teaches a clinical course that focuses on the representation of women and children seeking asylum and other related forms of immigration relief in the United States. As part of this course, students represent live clients and grapple with many of the issues that experienced immigration attorneys deal with on a daily basis. Prior to joining the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Uzoamaka Nzelibe worked for three years at Patton Boggs LLP, where she was as an Associate in both the Employment Law Group and the Immigration Law Group and represented indigent clients seeking asylum and other types of relief on a pro bono basis. Upon her move to Chicago, Illinois, Uzoamaka Nzelibe worked as an Associate for Novack and Macey, a civil litigation boutique law firm and as a contract attorney for Bank One, N.A.

Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Asylum
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Immigration Law


  • BS, Northwestern University
  • JD, New York University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Attorney, Bank One N.A.
  • Associate, Novack and Macey
  • Associate, Patton Boggs LLP
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, New York State Supreme Court

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