David cleveland, Senior Volunteer Attorney

David Cleveland joined Catholic Charities in 1998 as a full-time volunteer and has since developed an expertise in asylum law. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, David previously worked in private practice, as a university law professor in Indonesia, and as a trial attorney for the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel where he conducted more than 40 civil jury trials over the course of eight years. Over the last ten years, David has obtained asylum for individuals from many of world’s countries. His pro bono efforts have been recognized by many agencies, including Catholic Charities USA and the BIA Pro Bono Project. David is a longtime member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served as the Chair of the National AILA Asylum Committee (2004-2005). In addition, David is a prolific writer and his articles on immigration law can be found in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, AILA publications, Immigration Law Today, ILW.COM, among others. David regularly lectures on asylum law at D.C. Bar and other training sessions. David is a member of the bar of Washington, DC.