Judah Lakin

San Francisco, California

Judah Lakin joined Van Der Hout LLP in September 2017. Prior to joining Van Der Hout LLP, Judah spent a year working at Dolores Street Community Services defending immigrants in removal proceedings, and most recently clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judah graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, in 2015. During law school, he participated in the Death Penalty Clinic, the Policy Advocacy Clinic, and the East Bay Community Law Center's Immigration Clinic. He also interned at the Bronx Defenders and Dolores Street Community Services.

Before attending law school, Judah was a secondary educator, where he primarily worked with students learning English. He spent eight years teaching high school students and coaching basketball and soccer. He is a published author and, in addition to his teaching, worked as an education consultant training teachers and administrators on how to better serve students learning English.

Judah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University in 2004, earning a B.A. in History. Judah also graduated with honors from Rhode Island College earning a Masters in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Judah's current practice includes removal proceedings and detention, family-based immigration, motions to reopen, and appeals. He specializes in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions as well as researching and briefing complex legal issues. Judah is fluent in Spanish, and is beginning to learn Punjabi.

Areas of Practice

  • Deportation Defense
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Asylum

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2016


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 2015
  • Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Masters in Education - 2009
    • Honors: Teaching English as a Second Language, w/Honors
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2004
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Teaching English Language Learners, Caslon Publishing (Co-Author), 2010
  • English Language Learners at School , Caslon Publishing (Contributing Author), 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Rhode Island Association of Admissions Officer Award for Unwavering Commitment to Helping Immigrant/ESL Students Gain Access to Higher Education

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Lawyers Guild: National Immigration Project, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Richard A. Paez, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Clerk
  • Dolores Street Community Services’ Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program


  • Spanish