Research and Teaching Areas
Immigration; Legal Aid; Legal Education; Public Interest/Service; Trials/Trial Procedure
Professor Gemma Solimene is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Solimene has over 28 years of experience representing underserved New Yorkers. While at Fordham, Professor Solimene has directed the Immigrant Rights Clinic, through which students primarily represent individuals who are seeking to maintain or obtain legal immigration status in the U.S, and has taught in various other clinics in the Law School’s Clinical Program, including the Social Justice Clinic and the Federal Litigation Clinic. In addition to the clinics, Professor Solimene has taught Immigration Law, a simulation-based skills course, an externship seminar, and an Ethics in Public Interest Law course. Professor Solimene has been a panelist and presenter on numerous topics related to immigration and clinical teaching, and has conducted trial skills trainings for law firms. Prior to joining the Fordham Law faculty in 1999, Professor Solimene spent the bulk of her career working in the public interest. She litigated cases at The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division and was the Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit. Professor Solimene also taught in the NYU School of Law Clinical Program from 1993 to 1996 and was a Pro Se Law Clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Solimene received her BA magna cum laude for S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook and her JD from NYU School of Law.
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA, 1984;
- New York University, JD, 1987