Jennifer Riedthaler Williams (‘01) appointed as Immigration Judge in Cleveland

photo of the Cleveland Immigration Court

2001 CWRU Law graduate Jennifer Reiedthaler Williams is the newest Immigration Judge at the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland.  Together with Immigration Courts in Chicago and Detroit, the Cleveland Immigration Court serves as the hub for the Midwest region.

Williams began her career in 2001, serving as the assistant prosecuting attorney in the Felony Division of the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office.  From 2017-2019 she served as the judicial magistrate with the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court.  Attorney General William Barr appointed Judge Williams to begin hearing cases at the Immigration Court in San Francisco in May 2019 and appointed her to the Cleveland Immigration Court in August. 

Judge Williams joins a number of CWRU alumni who are leaders in the immigration law field.  Other alumni include:

  • Jennifer Peyton (‘98), is an Immigration Court Judge in Chicago. 
  • David Leopold (‘85) is the past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Austin Fragomen (‘68) founded the largest Immigration Law firm in the country. 

Our school is known for the strength of our immigration law program.  We offer five introductory and advanced immigration law courses, including an externship with a judge at an immigration court. We also offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience arguing immigration cases before the court in our immigration clinic.