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Magdalena Wilk

Lecturer in Politics

Specialization and Interests

U.S. immigration and nationality law
International Migration
American Politics
International law and organizations
Human trafficking 
Domestic violence law


Illinois Bar Admission, November 6, 2014
JD The John Marshall Law School
BA  Lake Forest College, summa cum laude, 
International relations and communication; politics

Courses Taught

Politics 265: Immigration Law and Policy

Professional Experience

Zuma Law, LLC, Gurnee, IL, Attorney – currently practicing immigration and nationality law representing clients before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Department of Justice. Focus on family-based immigration, naturalization, humanitarian immigration (asylum, VAWA self-petitions, U Visas, T Visas, SIJS) and removal defense.

Prairie State Legal Services, Waukegan, IL, Attorney – provided comprehensive legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking with a focus on legal matters arising as a direct result of clients’ victimization, including, but not limited to, representing clients for civil orders of protection and related family and immigration law cases.

Chicago Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice, Chicago, IL, Extern - conducted complex research and drafted full-length decisions on claims for asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture, which were subsequently issued by the Court’s judges.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, IL, Program Coordinator, Corporate and Diplomatic Programs – prior to attending law school, managed and executed all the logistics of the Council’s select corporate and diplomatic programs, including a global healthcare symposium.


“Modern Day Slavery, Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard, Immigration Relief for Victims: T Visas,” Lake County Bar Association, Immigration Law Committee, March 2018 

Selected Awards and Honors

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition – brief writer and oralist, team achieved second place at regionals in New Orleans, Louisiana, and advanced to the international rounds in Washington, D.C., Spring 2014.

CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Family Law and Domestic Violence Law and Practice, Spring 2013

The John Marshall Law School Student Bar Association Public Interest Scholarship Recipient, Summer 2013

American Immigration Lawyers Association San Francisco Conference Volunteer Scholarship Recipient, Summer 2013

Senior Prize in International Relations, Lake Forest College, Spring 2010

Emma O. Haas Memorial Award for Merit in Scholarship, Lake Forest College, Spring 2010

Professional Memberships

Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
Lake County Bar Association, Immigration Law Committee
America Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter