Michelle Lapointe

Legal Director

Michelle Lapointe is the Legal Director at the American Immigration Council, where she leads impact litigation and oversees the Council’s legal advocacy to achieve a fair and just immigration system. Before joining the Council, Michelle served as Deputy Legal Director at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where she litigated cases relating to interior enforcement, including a challenge to a worksite immigration raid that resulted in a class settlement of over $1 million, and advocated for the immigrant worker rights. She was previously a senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, where she represented immigrant workers in class and collective actions for unpaid wages and other employment law violations, challenged state anti-immigrant laws, and litigated civil rights cases against state and federal officials, primarily in the Deep South. Michelle is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar, and Wellesley College.


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