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Katelyn Hufe Karahan

Director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic

Katelyn Hufe



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Katelyn Hufe Karahan is a managing partner at Green & Spiegel, where she focuses her practice on immigration law.

As director of the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, she supervises students handling an array of appeals on behalf of indigent and other needy individuals in federal and state courts, in accordance with local student practice rules.

In the clinic, Professor Hufe’s students have won important victories on behalf of immigrants seeking to escape persecution in Ghana, Guinea and Honduras.

At Green & Spiegel, she focuses on matters primarily involving deportation defense, litigation, appeals, asylum, family-based petitions and protecting clients with final orders of removal. She also leads the firm’s business immigration practice, focusing mainly on E and L visas, national interest waivers and applications for employment-based permanent residence.

Professor Hufe also has extensive experience with humanitarian-based relief, assisting victims of crimes and domestic violence to obtain legal status through the U visa program and has served as an expert witness on U visas in criminal court. She also has experience advocating for domestic violence survivors through applications under the Violence Against Women Act and she has represented clients at marriage interviews, asylum interviews and naturalization interviews. She has assisted many clients in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Previously, she practiced immigration law at Hogan and Vandenberg and completed a clerkship in family law at Berner, Klaw and Watson.

She currently serves as the vice secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She served as Pihiladelphia Ambassador of the American Immigration Council for five years and was nationally recognized as Ambassador of the Year in 2018. She is admitted to practice in PA and NJ and in the Third, Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

She received her JD, cum laude, from the Kline School of Law in 2011.


JD, Drexel University Kline School of Law
BA, University of Delaware


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